March 18th, 2013 by ASK
Atlantic Sea Kayaking
Great to be in touch again.
When I awoke this morning there was a rainbow on the wall, the sun beamed through a crystal hanging by the window, the magnificent call of hopeful birds filled the room. Irish people breath a sigh of relief “summer is coming.
”This time of year is always an exciting time for us here at ASK.
Over that past few months we have been researching and preparing some new tours and offers. (See below links)
This has brought us to many parts of the globe, i.e. Baja , Veracruz, Venice, Croatia and of course Ireland. We are very excited by the thought of introducing new visitors to our established trips such as our starlight / moon light trip – seaweed foraging trip – kayak angling trip – seal nursery and bird ife trip – Cork City trip – Spike Island, Cork Harbour trip and of course we always have a very special welcome to our return visitors. We have also added some magical new multi experience trips including; kayaking, coastal walking, angling, SUPs , seaweed foraging, visiting artisan food producers, experiencing the varied wild life, listening to some traditional music in the evening.
Our Cork City and Cork Harbour tours are now going into their third season and we are getting very positive feed back about our urban kayaking.
Links to our trips & Tours on our web site: www.atlanticseakayaking.com
Links to Trip advisor comments:
Here are some exciting offers over the next few weeks.
Two For One (241) offer (Bring a friend for free. West Cork only)
Monday to Friday. Inc. good Friday until the end of April.
Cork City Trips are available any day for groups of four or more people.
West Cork trips
- Saturday 23rd March Half day trip 10.00am to 1.00pm €50p/p
Rolling / Rescue Clinic in the Pool. 9.00pm to 11.00pm. €40p/p
- Sunday 24th March. Trip to seal nursery and nesting birds.
Bring Lunch. 11.00am to 3.00pm. €60p/p
Easter Weekend :
- Good Friday 29th: Half day trip 10.00am to 1.00pm €50p/p
Day to night trip: 5pm to 9pm – bring light snack €60p/p
- Saturday 30th: Half day trips from Baltimore to Sherkin Island and the Beacon including seals; 10.00am -1.00pm or 2.00pm – 5.00pm €50p/p
Night time trip in Lough Hyne: 6.30 pm to 9.00pm €45p/p
- Sunday: 31st. Half day trips to Rabbit Island and Hi and Lo Island
10.00am to 1.00pm or 2pm to 5pm – €50p/p
Night time trip at Squince Beach. 6.30 pm to 9.00pm €45p/p
- Monday : 1st April. No fooling.
Trip 11.00am to 3.00pm to Caves and Island.€60p/p (241offer applies)
- Book any two trips Sat or Sun and get a third half price..
December 21st, 2012 by jim
Kayakers are not designed to be so high ? Unless their on the water.
I step on a stairs and drift slowly into a tin tube traveling on the Jet streams.
My ears are popping and I dream I’m in London, The Queen who missed me in Cork has invited me to tea. Tempting, but sorry mam my tin tube is leaving for the USA and I heard you don’t have Barrys. San Francisco here I come. Or did I dream of crossing the Golden Gate? I’m not too sure. I remember I’ve kayaked under it many times but now my tube is bound for Dallas. Maybe I should pay my respects to JR, his killer finally caught up. He is now with Genie in the bottle . “Ladies and Gentlemen we are now landing in Baja Mexico” . But I was only climbing the stairs in Cork a few minutes ago, I think ? Travelling at one mile every seven second in the shadows of the Gods can play havoc with the mind and body clock . Id better check my I Phone maybe that remembers where we were.
October 17th, 2012 by jim
I am just back form the World Adventure Trade Summit.
Lucerne became the focus for the week, like in the tower of babel language wasn’t a problem
Adventure Tourism is fast becoming the major player in the world of Tourism and Ireland is right up there on the main stage.
The week became a networking mecca with some high profile speakers all very emotional and passionate about Travel and how it need s to be nature friendly. The Secretary General of UNWTO Taleb Rifai spoke and acknowledged the importance of Adventure Travel and signed a agreement with the ATTA to try and stop child trafficking and abuse in the Tourism world. We were introduced to the Gutsy Traveler Marybeth Bond. Mysteries of the media were revealed to all. The art of Digital Story telling was highlighted and it importance for the future. My head is still buzzing. I was there with a great Team Ireland and indeed I am excited for Ireland when I see the passion and expertise we have in this country .
Here is a little taste of the Summit and my attempt at Digital Story Telling .
October 11th, 2012 by jim
We are very proud of Eithne Murphy . Failte Ireland’s Development Manager . She is the first Irish representative to give a presentation here at the ATTA . She is representing us along side Andrew Evans an Editor National Geographic and Ross Borden Matador Networks and Chris Doyle Executive Director of the ATTA. The subject of the presentation is The Art of Digital Story Telling .
I am looking forward to hearing Eithnes contribution. To see Ireland on stage with the leading figures in World Adventure Travel emphasis’s the respect we command around the globe. Adventure Tourism is certainly one of Ireland’s exciting, positive and growing offerings.
October 10th, 2012 by jim
It is said in Ireland that we have a great country if we could put a roof on it.
Well the Swiss seem in their organised way to have solved that problem . Everywhere I look I see umbrellas, In my room , in the train station , in the museum everywhere all there to be used and returned. What a great idea. No wet heads cuts down on colds, dry clothes no drying bills etc. Clever and sustainable.
Today at the ATTA Alexandra Cousteau the granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau one of the pioneers of the marine story is speaking . Looking forward to hearing her. then on to a workshop called “The mysteries of the Media revealed.”Then Consumer Behaviour Trends Revealed.
All interesting stuff
I hear a cow bell ringing in the distance this is the signal to gather for the next workshop . Im off .
October 9th, 2012 by jim
Ive just witnessed a discussion between Shannon Stowell the President of the ATTA and another amazing man called Taleb Rifai Secretary General of the UNWTO. It was special and enlightening. They discussed the importance of active adventure tourism soft and hard. They both just signed a charter declaring support to the protection of children around the world when it comes to tourism. One thing is certain is that Adventure Tourism is gaining momentum.
Off to next presentation so, which is titled appropriately:
What successful brands know . That you do not leverage bloggers for better branding.
October 8th, 2012 by jim
After a great opening ceremony the serious work begins. Over a glass of wine Ive visited so many destinations and journalists in the networking session . Hola, Chow,Tiger Li from China, Equador, peru, Croatia USA , Canada, Englannd, Scotland, Francce and on and on . Tour Company after Tour company . Journalist after Journalist . Faces melting into faces and on it goes for the next 5 days.
7.30 am meet the Media.
9.00 Workshops. networkiing and brainstorming all day . dinner at 8.00pm
Force yourself to bed at 12.00midnight just before the networking cindrella turns back into a party goer . 5 days of this . Requires training , discipline and wits about ya .
October 8th, 2012 by jim
I finally got myself back on the blog page.
Writing this from the Adventure Travel Trade World Summit in Lucerne Switzerland . Over 600 delegates and 50 countries represented. It is great to see Ireland holding its head up and saying our adventure Activities are as good as anywhere in the world. Thanks to many people such as Yeats, U2, Michael D Higgins to name but three we are very respected int the world of art, music and scribes. Time to sharpen up the Cead Mile Failte and get our name out there on the world stage for adventure travel. It is now a majority stake holder in main stream tourism. Failte Ireland and Tourism are definitely taking advantage of this and have sent a strong team here to the summit
I will be updating the ATTA news over the coming days.
If there is anyone out there reading this maybe you will let your presence be known.
October 5th, 2011 by ASK
Lying awake 30 floors up in a building that had swayed 12 feet during an earthquake didn’t really help my mind relax so I could sleep.
I am just back from Japan where I was a guest of Tourism Ireland on a mission to spread the word about the treasure that is Ireland. Here in this land of saints and scholars we all acknowledge the green, cultural, earthly and aquatic riches we share. Because of these testing times it is imperative that we educate the rest of the world and get them over here to check out this magical part of the Universe.
One of the rituals I learned while in Japan, and indeed really enjoyed, was the exchanging of business cards. I stand facing my new contact, each with our cards deftly held by the tips of thumbs and forefingers.
Our eyes hold the stare. We bow as one.
A moment of silence follows, then ‘Hello, I am Jim Kennedy from Atlantic Sea Kayaking in Ireland. Thank you for your time and I apologise for my lack of Japanese.’
My card leaves my grasp and is taken by my bowing partner. They read it, nay, study it, then acknowledge me and politely thank me for my time.
I then take theirs and follow their welcoming and flattering ways. We then sit down across the table knowing a familiarity has been established in those duelling moments.
In Ireland we exchange business cards with a hump of the shoulders and a meaningless ‘Nice to meet you’ while we file it away in a back pocket..
Never again. I am now doing it the Japanese way. So if you meet me and are in a hurry don’t let me see your business card.
October 5th, 2011 by ASK
In January and February we go to the fabulous Baja Peninsula in Mexico again. A very large part of this trip is the chance to go whale watching where we meet up with the Grey whales who have come all the way down from Canada to mate and give birth. Kayaking, stand up paddling, snorkelling, foraging, basking in the sun, great Mexican food … mmmmm
It certainly makes the Irish winter pass a little quicker.
We still have a few places left on this trip. But I am sure not for too much longer.