Tuesday, May 25, 2010

6am start on Sunday...

Sea Kayaking with the Adventure Club on our regular Sunday sessions.

The morning sea kayaking session left the beach at Port Erin, and explored the caves and arches before leaving the bay and headed North towards Flashwick Bay.
The old mines with Copper ore leaching from the rock nearby give a great history lession, and the sea conditions were blissful!

The Intermediate Paddle in the afternoon headed for Niarbyl, paddling at a steady pace, allowing for sorte's into the caves at Fleshwick and further North where the Seal colony were very inquisitive, swimming beneath and round the kayaks, nibbling the toggle on John's Explorer, posing for photo's.... till we dragged ourselves away and continued up to the White Beach for a break & cake!
A light SW gave a pleasant challenge in form of a warm light headwind for the return journey, hitting the beach at Port Erin at 6pm. Despite t-shirt attire the usual rolling practice was a great finish to a magnificent day on the water!
A day which began quite early :)
Coasteering at 6am has a certain feel to it..

You feel very alive, and certainly part of something special :)

The light was the perfect for atmospheric landscape shots. On finishing we happened upon a couple of kayakers who had paddled over from Northern Ireland on the Saturday, and were setting off for the 12 hour journey home as we ambled past.

There are many things you'll only see by being 'out the door' at the break of day, typified by encounters with the local wildlife, and also meeting folk who share our aspirations for journeying and adventure!

Given the predictions for a terrific summer ahead, we'll be getting more visitors travelling by sea kayak i'm sure.


colours of 2010 - Kayaking Isle of Man

Monday, May 24, 2010

Coasteering Isle of Man - summer bliss

Coasteering around Peel Castle, on the West Coast of the Isle of Man.

One of our favourite locations, especially for beginner groups, experiencing the sport for the first time.

Saturday's weather was extremely hot with a flat calm sea, giving an unparalleled experience, and crystal clear view beneath as well above the glassy surface.

Seals watched from nearby, as the guys explored the cave beneath the castle...

They're already booked their next session, an extended route in more remote location!


Saturday, May 22, 2010

young adventurers kayaking - wildlife abundant!

Few pics from this mornings 'Young Adventurers'
Discover Sea Kayaking course - first session!

Alice & Finn joined in...

Seals swimming beside and behind the kayaks, Peregrine Falcon's calling from above, perched on the cliffs, Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags, Cormorants, Oyster Catchers....
I think their hooked!! :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Navara for Adventurous Experiences

Sponsored by Athol Garage (1945) Ltd, I picked up the keys to our new navara at the Ballasalla showroom last week.

Building on our reputation for outstanding quality and reliability, means continously improving and upgrading our kit, equipment and practices, remaining proactive and staying ahead. Change is always with us, and the picture taken at Niarbyl last week will never be the same again...

Mid-week paddles and kayak training

Quotes from last week;

"Hi Keirron
On behalf of our group that you took kayaking on 10th May I want to say a big thank you for a brilliant afternoon.
We all had a fantastic time and didn't want the afternoon to end. Thank you so much for your patience, clear instructions and confidence in us all, proving that it is never too late to try something new.
We are all now kayaking converts and can't wait to go again. We will certainly recommend you to our friends and the next time we are in the IOM we'll be booking for a days adventure with you.
Many thanks again.
"Hi Keirron

Just a quick note to say thanks for the pool course tonight.
I thought it was excellent and found the float exercise very beneficial, I could really feel the difference in the hip movement required.
Most of all I was thrilled to see how Nic got on and how excited he was about it on the way home.
It is a delight to see him so enthusiastic about something real for a change rather than computer games!

Looking forward to next week.


"We waited 2 years to find a date and weather that suited everyone, and the wait was well worth it! A fab day had by all, challenging nerves and adreneline a plenty! Thanks for a super day...next time - gorge walking (for the less vertigo inflicted of us)...

Sea Kayaking Isle of Man - sunday training sessions for adventure club memebers and those learning to kayak safely on the Isle of Man.

Coasteering for UK stag group

Some amusing wildlife encounters...

A few pics of just enjoying the Isle of Man...

With a cracking forecast of hot calm and settled weather coming in this weekend, its a good time to get on the water!