There has been an explosion of interest and activity in sea kayaking in Ireland during the last ten years. This seems only natural in a country that is surrounded by some of the most spectacular coastlines and blessed with a splendid variety of islands. Sea kayaking appeals in many ways. It can be a way of leaving a busy week behind, slipping away through a still sea, the only sound being the splash of your paddle. To canoe amongst uninhabited islands and to pass under daunting sea cliffs is a great way to spend a few days. The great attraction of sea kayaking is the opportunity it gives to journey amongst this wilderness with the freedom to explore wherever the mood takes us. At other times the appeal can be the exhilaration of crashing through rough seas, fighting against a wind whipping the sea against your face...Atlantic Sea Kayaking, Union Hall, West Cork is owned and run by Jim Kennedy and his partner, Maria. Jim has an impressive background, both in the fields of training and competition. He is:
- Sea Kayak training officer with the Irish Canoe Union.
- Level 4 Sea Kayaking Coach/Instructor I.C.U
- Level 5 Sea Coach with C.A.N.I
- Level 4 River Coach/Instructor I.C.U
- Is a coaching tutor with the national coaching training centre of Ireland. N.C.T.C.
- Leads sea-kayaking expeditions in Ireland, Spain and California.
- Coaches sea kayaking in California every autumn.
- Organised and took part in the Peace Paddle, 1999.
- Jim has raced on the Irish team at two sprint and two marathon world championships.
- He has been British sprint and marathon kayak champion.
- Has won the international Devizes to Westminster 126 mile non-stop kayak marathon.