We are a global sea kayaking company based in Ireland and have been established since 1995. We are very passionate about what we do and take immense pride in it.
Environmental Philosophy .
The Environmental Policy of ASK is to respect, enjoy and protect the unique environment in which we work. We are conscious of being guardians of the marine habitat, and use our knowledge of the local environment in order that all our fellow kayakers appreciate not just its beauty, but also its fragility.
We are fortunate to enjoy one of the most beautiful marine environments in the world in which to plan and undertake our journeys. But we know that for others to enjoy this special place, we must respect and protect it, and carry out our work in such a way that we enhance, rather than harm or deplete, its sustainability and its beauty.
Protecting the habitat means that we enjoy it at its most pristine and beautiful best, and we know that those coming after us will benefit from it as well.
Jim Kennedy owns and runs Atlantic Sea Kayaking.
Level 5 Irish Canoe Union sea kayak instructor/coach. Level 4 river kayak coach/instructor.Level 5 British Canoe Union sea kayaking coach.
Has raced on the Irish national kayaking team at two sprint and two marathon world championships.
Has been Irish and British national sprint and marathon kayak champion both 500 and 10,000m.
Has won the international Devizes to Westminister 126-mile non-stop kayak marathon.
is a regular contributor to sea kayaking symposia around the globe, eg Scotland, USA, Jersey.
Specialises in coaching efficient forward paddling techniques for adventure racers and also for sprint/marathon racers. This is also very suitable for the sea kayakers who wants to be efficient, look good and travel further.
Leads sea kayaking tours in Ireland, Spain, Mexico, Croatia, Italy and USA & teaches guides in these countries.
is a qualified personal trainer and designs fitness programmes for individuals, teams and clubs.
is a graduate of the National Coaching and Training Center, University of Limerick.
Spoke in Japan recently as a guest of Tourism Ireland
Was picked as an Ambassador for Ireland's Adventure Tourism. & the Wild Atlantic Way.
Attended the World Adventure Tourism Summit in Chiapas Mexico .Guest speaker at the Irish Adventure Conference. http://www.adventuretravel.biz/
Jim and Maria were both presented with the Ohtli Award by the Mexican Government recently for the work they do to promote Mexico through Kayaking and also for the work they do in teaching locals up to Guiding level. Vhttp://www.southernstar.ie/News/Mexican-government-honours-Jim-and-Maria-Kennedy-04112013.htm
Maria is an all round sport and adventure person . She is also a primary school teacher and is well qualified to run our Youths kayaking. Maria is the brains behind many of our our international trips, and when she is not on the water herself, is often to be found doing triathalons or leading walking trips in other countries. She was part of a successful, entirely female, ascent of Kilimanjaro in Africa. She thrives on adventure. One of Marias latest trip was guiding a walking trip in Cabo De Gato in Spain. She also led a kayaking trip in Italy during the Autumn which ended in a grand tour of Venice. Maria has just designed a beautiful new trip for us down the river barrow. She usually finishes off her kayaking season by doing the annual Liffey Descent canoe / kayak race. Maria also teaches English as a foreign language which we can include in our activity breaks. Maria is also a keen competitive golfer and in 2013 became heart of Down Ladies Champion. Maria has also jut discovered Scuba Diving, so who knows whats ahead.
Naoise Kennedy. Trainee instructor and our Son. Helps out on our trips. Has been kayaking since he was 2 and is a level 3 Sea Kayaker. He is also a member of the local rowing club and finished 4th at the nationals in 2013 is looking forward to competing in this years Nationals. . Is a keen soccer player and is studying at Schull Community College.
A level 3 sea kayaker.. and our son . Help out in the office and on the water . Is a member of the local rowing club. Mean Guitar player, Is also studying at Schull Community College. He cannot remember when he started kayaking. He is looking is looking forward to competing in this years National Rowing Champs. .
Lauren is our Grand daughter and water lover. A cool musician and fabulous cook . She rows with the local rowing club and kayaks with us whenever possible . Definitely a guide of the future.