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Breaking News: BUY and SELL Pop-Up Shop at Symposium

We will have another BUY and SELL Pop-up Shop at the Symposium. This worked very well the ISKA event on Portrane/Lambay. So, dig out all that great gear that you don’t use anymore and bring your items along for the sale. You might also go home with something you really need at half the high street shop price. Great bargains to be had!

See you in Schull!

Claiming 2017 Training Subsidy

For 2017, the following training subsidies are available:

  • Members pursuing a CI L3/BCU 3* qualification will be able to claim up to 50% of the cost of their training and assessment with a maximum subsidy of €75 upon successful assessment;
  • Members pursuing a CI L4/BCU 4* qualification will be able to claim up to 50% of the cost of their training and assessment with a maximum subsidy of €250 upon successful assessment.

For 2017, the ISKA committee has set aside funding to subsidise a maximum of 20 ISKA members at CI L3/BCU 3*, and a maximum of 12 ISKA members at CI L4/BCU 4*.

If you wish to claim a training subsidy, please complete the claim form and return it to the committee before the 31st December 2017.

Launch of Oilean 2

The Great Outdoors and David Walsh invite you and some friends to the launch of OILEÁIN A DO at the Great Outdoors, Chatham St, Dublin 2 on Friday, March 7th at 6.30pm.

There will be a slideshow and some light refreshments and book signings on the night.

Places are FREE but limited. Make sure to book yours!


McMurdo Fastfind 220 PRB Special Offer

Final call – the order for these units will go through next Wednesday 20th November. It might make a nice Xmas gift, if anyone is looking for ideas.

Why would I need one?
If you are in difficulty and your radio is not communicating, possibly due to range or out of line of sight, you are otherwise reliant on flares. Flares only work if seen my a 3rd party. They are of little use in fog or if you are behind a cliff face or otherwise. If you have to send a distress call, you are already in trouble and without doubt having made the decision, you need help and urgently. PLB units only require the sky above your head and are guaranteed to immediately send a signal to rescue services.
Having registered your details, rescue services have direct access to information about you when a call is received, including contact information, exact location and that you are in a kayak etc.

See below for order details.



ISKA can organise a group purchase of the McMurdo FF 220 prb for €225, including postage to your home.  These units allow Irish Serial Protocol Registration as opposed to anything bought online for the UK, which are UK registered.

If you would like to order, email the following information ASAP to

  1. Your name
  2. Address
  3. Email
  4. Contact number

After we submit names to the supplier, each person will receive a unique code and will order the unit online themselves.  The code will activate the discounted €225 price.  You do NOT need to be an ISKA member for us to organise this and you can pass on the message to friends you think might be interested.