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ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:47 am
by fionatrahe
This year’s Symposium will take place in north-west Donegal on 4th/5th/6th October. A wonderful coastline peppered with islands awaits us with spectacular and varied paddling options for both good and bad weather!

The Symposium will be centred around the Errigal An Oige Hostel. We’ve also sourced a few self-catering houses nearby and have done a deal with a nearby hotel Ostan Loch Altan for those who prefer a bit more comfort. The hostel has shared rooms and there are a limited number of double rooms available in houses and also in the hotel. If you want a double just book as two singles - there's a space later on the form where you can say who you want to share with and if a double is needed and we should be able to accommodate you. Sat night’s dinner will be a short walk down the road from the hostel in the Dunlewey centre. There’ll be a shuttle Saturday night to bring people to/from the hotel (12mins away), it will also pick up / drop off from the hostel and houses if it’s raining.

We have the usual mix of full-day & half day paddles at various levels from L2 up, incident mgmt., rolling, Greenland paddle tryout, etc – more details closer to the event.

This year we’re offering an early bird discount to members. As there’s a limited amount of each accommodation type, to increase your chances of getting your preference, get your booking in early!
It'll also really help with the planning if we get bookings and payment in early. Don't worry if you have to cancel for some reason we'll refund you - details are on the form.

The Booking form is now online at: ... A/viewform
I’ll send out a form shortly for anyone who wants to print and fill out a paper copy.
Post any questions here or email

Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Fiona (on behalf of the ISKA committee)

Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:54 am
by conorsmith
Symposium payment details and options:

1. Paypal using the email address -

2. Cheque payable to Irish Sea Kayak Association posted to:
Irish Sea Kayak Assoc c/o Conor Smith,
12 Park Row, Francis Street, Ennis, Co Clare

3. Bank online Electronic Fund Transfer directly to the Irish Sea Kayak Assoc account
Bank of Ireland Ranelagh
IBAN - IE25 BOFI 9001 9965 5617 57

Make sure you note your details in any comment/note section, i.e. just your name should suffice.

Payment in advance as early as possible would be appreciated, preferably immediately after your booking. We will not be collecting money over the weekend. If you have to cancel at a later date, full refunds will be given.

Thank you.

Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:28 pm
by fionatrahe
The Symposium is getting closer - thanks to all who have booked already.
If you haven't, booking link is at end of this email.

As well as the usual good craic, socialising and sharing 2019 paddling stories, here are some things to look forward to:
- Full-day/half-days trips for various levels with a great bunch of talented and experienced kayakers. Likely destinations are:
- Gola and Umfin
- Inisbofin, Inishdooey and Inishbeg
- Horn head
- Surf session with Robin Ruddock
- Paddle with incidents - bring your safety kit and expect to use it - with Eileen Murphy and Sean Pierce
- Greenland rolling and greenland paddle tryout with Peter and Dave
- L3 assessment with Geo
- as numbers are limited for this please let me know beforehand if interested.
There's a cost of €5 for the certificate and you must be a CI member to get the cert.
Check out L3 expectations here and start practising :) ... lls-award/
- iCanoe discount shop
- buy-and-sell corner - bring your spare kit along.
- guest speaker Ian Millar who will share his experience of sea-stack climbing.
- ISKA AGM - we'll keep it short and sweet :)
- fund-raising raffle for RNLI (if you can donate a spot prize please get in touch)
- the 2019 copy of Treasna na dTonnta - get in touch with Sue if you have photos or articles to contribute

Looking forward to seeing you there.

PS: If you haven't booked yet or have filled in the form, but not yet paid, take note that we'll have to finalise hotel and house bookings by 28th Sept, so will be releasing any reserved accommodation that's not paid for by then and are likely to only have limited hostel accommodation after that. So get those bookings in.
Booking form: ... A/viewform

Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:54 pm
by fionatrahe
Horn head waterfall
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Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:57 pm
by fionatrahe
The beach back of Gola
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Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:24 pm
by colinfrancis
Look ford to the weekend ,, save travel to all

Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:45 am
by brianmacmahon
Looking forward to it lads.

I’ll be bringing two of the latest boats in the P & H fleet to demo. Including the new P&H Valkyrie.
All welcome to try out.

Safe driving.

See you all on the beach.

Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:48 am
by fionatrahe
Hope you’re looking forward to the symposium as much as I am!

The forecast is interesting! but rest assured there are plenty of paddling options for all weathers and we’ll adapt
the workshops to get the most out of whatever challenges we’re faced with. Apart from that the craic
should be good, catching up with you all on the paddling stories of 2019.

I'll post the workshop schedule later. Keep an eye here for updates.
Few logistics:

- Registration is open from 7pm Friday evening at Errigal hostel. (
- Eating options are limited - the nearest option is An Chuirt hotel 6km away, bar-food served til 9pm. Shop/garage next door open til 9pm.
- You can bring food/beverages to the hostel and hang out there.
- Hotel guests can checkin at the hotel before or after registration - the hotel has a list of your names. (

- breakfast 7am-9:15 for those in campers and hostel.
- breakfast in hotel from 7:30am
- Briefing in the hostel upstairs room @9:30am
- Bar open and fire lighting in Dunlewey Centre ( from 6pm, dinner at 7:30pm

Bring all your own gear, kayak, paddle, safety gear and dress for October water.
There's no pool, rolling sessions will be outdoor, so come prepared - balaclava if possible, gloves, nosepeg.

Internet and phone coverage could be dodgy, so I'd suggest taking screenshots of any information you might need.

See your email for more details.

Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:50 pm
by fionatrahe
We've got some great donations for the RNLI raffle, so just want to whet your appetite and thank the generous donors :)

Here are a few of them:

The Celtic 4 piece Pro Carbon paddle - with a retail value of €410 !
Donated by Roger Waugh of (Ireland dealer for both SKUK and Celtic paddles).

He'll also bring along the SKUK plastics Sport and Sportive for display.
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Ladies and gents Dive watches, value €120 each
Donated by Citizen Watch Ireland, Shannon
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Greenland paddle-making weekend, value €200
Donated by Peter, Dave, Josie and Máire.

CH Marine vouchers to the value of €150
Donated by CH Marine

Loop Head eBike rental for 2, value €70
Donated by Matt at

And there are lots of other great prizes!

I know which one I want to win :) Good luck everyone!

Re: ISKA Symposium 2019 Donegal

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:52 pm
by fionatrahe
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