Rolling Clinics in a Warm Indoor Pool

January 29th, 2015 by jim

Rolling Clinic:

Dates ; Saturday Feb 21st. & March 7th..
Time: 9pm -11.00pm

Price: €40 p/p   Boats supplied if necessary.

Learning with the experts, Fun , Safety, Challenge. Warm.

Whether you are a beginner or can already do an Eskimo roll. This is a great opportunity to improve and even learn new rolling techniques.
This is also great for anyone who is nervous at the tough of capsizing.

These classes  really make the difference to your confidence when out on the water.

Location,Clonakilty Leisure Center. Warm swimming pool.

Duration 2 hours.

Saturday Night: 9.00pm – 11.00pm

Price: €40 euro p/p

Australia to Ireland and Back.

January 29th, 2015 by jim

I just got below link sent to me from a friend in Australia and at the same time he was watching it friends in Ireland were watching it as well. How small the world has become .

West Cork, Ireland by Kayak.

Our Romantic Special

January 28th, 2015 by jim

Valentine Special.

Ever fancy a romantic kayaking trip to a deserted island and share a picnic with your loved one?
Float on the calm water on a moon light / starlight kayak trip sip a glass of champagne ?

Day Trip :
Join us in West Cork on Valentines weekend. Using our double kayaks we bring you both on a 4 hour romantic journey along the coast stopping off at an island where you can enjoy the isolation and the amazing scenery while sharing a delicious artisan picnic with your favourite person .
Feb. 15th 12.00noon to 4.00pm
Price: €65 p/p

Night Trip:
Or if you would like something even more different then a night trip is the one for you. Again using double kayaks we drift quietly under the stars and soak in the magic of a West Cork sky.
We will spoil you here with locally made chocolates and a glass of champagne.

14th Feb. 5.30pm to 8.00pm
Price: € 50 p/p

What a beautiful write up , We are flattered.

January 20th, 2015 by jim

Thank you to Shirley for this very flattering piece.

The waves were lapping up against the shoreline in that comforting rhythmic fashion that coastal living brings. The sun had already dipped below the horizon and had left a perfectly clear night sky glowing in pinkish orange and midnight blue. “It’s going to be a great night for star gazing, “ Jim said as he pulled the kayak off of the van. I hadn’t even considered the stars until now as I originally signed up for this unusual night kayak trip to see the bioluminescence in the water. I love kayaking, but kayaking at night in the chilly Atlantic waters had me a little trepidatious.

It had been a long day of driving so there was a part of me that would have rather just sat in my room at the Inchydoney Spa & Hotel and relaxed. But the adventurous part of me was excited to go out at night on the waters which I had been flirting with all day driving along the Wild Atlantic Way . And then there was Jim Kennedy, who met me in the little village near our put-in point and immediately wowed me with his laid back attitude. But don’t confuse laid back with quiet – Jim was a talker and we immediately hit it off. A world champion kayaker who competed, and now trains guides and runs a tourism business – Jim had fascinating stories to tell.

Outfitted in all the proper gear for a chilly night of kayaking Ireland, we slipped into the water and immediately the calm washed over me. There’s something about gliding so close to the water that is poetic to me. Jim showed me how to paddle in a simple motion – I felt like I barely did a thing, but we were moving along at a nice pace. His whole goal was to keep me dry, so he showed me how to take relaxed strokes and not bring the paddle up high and have water dripping down on me making me cold.

Being in the dark seemed to trigger all of my other senses. Jim led us through little narrow cliffs and keyholes as the sky turned darker and darker and my eyes adjusted to the night.

That’s when I first started to see the sparkling – not of bioluminescence, but of the stars in a perfectly clear Irish night sky. Jim seemed to switch into zen mode as we talked about life, romance, and happiness. He pointed out the international space station in the sky moving along at a steady clip. This was a first for me and for some reason was incredibly moving. I couldn’t help but think about those lucky astronauts orbiting up there looking down on us and our little red kayak on this big blue marble. I stared at it afraid to blink as it moved across the sky. I found myself daydreaming about their lives in orbit. “I want to go to space,” I said to Jim.

The Milky Way slowly showed up, a seal swam by, and little by little the bioluminescence started to appear. It was so subtle that I thought it was my brain playing light tricks on me. Long forgotten memories of ecstasy filled nights at dance clubs floated through my brain like the seal that glided through the water.

“Stop paddling and close your eyes, “Jim directed. I was intrigued and followed his instructions. “Now, just listen. Really listen. See if you can hear beyond the waves, “ he continued. With my eyes tightly closed I just bobbed along in the kayak – listening; something I seldom take the time to do. Then he told me to imagine the busiest part of New York City, what it looked like and sounded like. I was transported to Times Square with all of the light pollution and people bustling around dodging each other, pushy vendors, and traffic. I thought of the deafening 72nd Street subway with the stagnant air in August.

Then he asked me to open my eyes. I slowly flickered them open as my brain engaged with the present moment again and all I could see was darkness and stillness. I could see a vague black outline of an island. It was then I realized what I was actually looking at was quiet. I SAW quiet. Thank you Jim. Thank you, thank you.

As we started to paddle back towards the shore, the stars above and the twinkling bioluminescence below entranced me. I felt dizzy letting my imagination run wild thinking about how the sparks in the water were like twinkling stars up above. I fantasized that someone had turned our landscape upside down for a bit. My mind wandered into places that it hadn’t visited for a while. Childhood memories, feelings, thoughts, heartache, and love all seemed to be represented out there on the Atlantic under the stars.

As the waves washed up on shore the bioluminescent sparks lingered on the pebbles and rocks. You don’t get many magical nights like this I thought. And unlike the disappearing glow of the bioluminescence on the shore, this experience wouldn’t soon fade away.

More Information on Kayaking Ireland:

Jim runs day and night kayaking trips and he’ll teach you the most relaxed paddle stroke around!
Atlantic Sea Kayaking Website

Seaweed or Sea Vegetables . The Super food.

July 4th, 2014 by ASK

The Magic of Seaweed.

By Maria Kennedy

What comes to mind when you think of seaweed?

Do you think of slimy, smelly slightly scary stuff that wraps around your legs and tries to pull you under? Or tentacles that brush off your arm and make you think of being stung, crushed or even eaten?….or maybe that was just me!!

Well, it’s time to revise that mental picture and begin to visualize seaweed in a whole new light. Seaweed, or sea vegetables, are the individual and multifarious plants that inhabit our glorious underwater garden. It is a garden that doesn’t need to be weeded, or watered (obviously). We don’t have to sow or plant it, mulch or compost it, and it isn’t terribly vulnerable to the weather. Like terrestrial plants, seaweeds have seasonal cycles.  They flower, seed, die back and come again.

There are said to be more than 10,000 edible seaweeds, but yet as a food, seaweed is very underused in the West. It is used extensively in countries such as Japan, China and Korea and their diets have historically shown fewer instances of obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases. Seaweed eaters have a decreased risk of breast and colon cancer as well as heart disease.

Seaweed is a super food with powerful health benefits. Sea vegetables have the broadest range of minerals of any food and are an excellent source of b vitamins, vitamin c, and lignans, which have cancer protective properties, as well as protein and iodine. Iodine is a really important component of the thyroid hormones, which are essential to human life.

Are you convinced yet?

There is a tradition of seaweed usage in Ireland that goes back to Monastic times. Archeologists have established the earliest known culinary use of seaweeds to be in Chile 14,500 years ago. So it’s not a new thing then….

Dulse and carrageen have been traditionally used in Irish kitchens, but not always to everyone’s taste. The wonderful thing now is that you can use seaweed in your cooking, or eat it raw, and it can be deliciously moreish. There are some excellent books on the market, which will help you become an expert.

“Extreme Greens” by our very own Sally McKenna of  Mckenna’s Irish Food Guide, is a beautifully constructed book full of valuable seaweed information and recipes, and Prannie Rhatigan’s “Irish Sea weed Kitchen”, which covers everything you need to know about identifying, harvesting, and cooking with seaweed in a delightfully anecdotal way.

Seaweed is also an amazing detox ingredient and skin emollient. It makes a nourishing top dressing for your garden plants and can be used to make a ”tea” to feed your growing plants at this time of year.

And what does this all have to do with kayaking?

We do a very special “Secrets of Seaweed” half or full day kayaking outing, where we look at some of the different types, harvest them sustainably and sample/cook with them.

We also do these trips as a seashore walk for groups more interested in seaweed than kayaking!

These trips are on designated dates throughout the season and you can find out about them by phoning the office at 028 21058.

If you are going out harvesting seaweed there are a few things you should think about…

Hot Seaweed Tips

Always check the tide, weather and sea conditions before you go out.

Low spring tides are the best for giving you the greatest variety of seaweeds.

Avoid leaning out too much or you will end up in the sea (I know from experience!)

Make sure you are harvesting beyond habitations, where there is a good flow of water. Seaweed soaks up everything like a sponge, so you want to ensure that it is growing in clean, pure seawater.

To harvest sustainably, never pull the seaweed from the rocks, as it will pull the “holdfast” off, which connects the plant to the rock, and the plant will die. Instead, cut no more than the top third of the plant  away with a sharp knife, so that the plant can keep growing.

We love what we do.

December 14th, 2013 by ASK

What a great accolade for our seaweed foraging trips.  A nice way to end the year.

20013 coming to a closure,

November 1st, 2013 by ASK

We are just back from Mexico and the Yucatan.
Amazing people and place. Back again in February with our Baja trips including the whale watching. Will be amazing as usual.
Big news fpr us this week is tha the Wall Street Journal have featured us.
Never thought Id be called Mr. Kennedy or mentioned in such a journal. Of course we are delighted and very honoured to be the kayaking to be selected by them. It also says a lot about how important adventure tourism is becoming on a world stage.
See what the ATTA has to say about it .
Thank you Javier and the Wall Street Journal for the mention .

How good is the future?

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:
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

(241offer applies)

  • 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..

Ireland to Mexico in a Dream.

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.

Switzerland became a melting pot

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 .