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  • Deep Blue Sea Kayaking

On the Water

Deep Blue Sea Kayaking is an Irish sea kayaking company which has operated since 2003 in south Dublin and north Wicklow. Run by Des Kearney and Sonja Ewen, it is within easy reach of coastal areas such as Dalkey, Bray, Greystones and Wicklow Head.

The company runs sea kayaking courses for all levels from beginner level to advanced, mainly on the east coast (Dublin area) of Ireland. Most of the company’s courses run out of Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey, and Dun Laoghaire.

As well as courses, Deep Blue Sea Kayaking also offers weekend expeditions to some of the amazing places on the Irish coast, including Connemara, Cork and Kerry.

And for those who want to hone their skills and gain qualifications, Irish Canoe Union Skills Courses are also available from Level 3 to Level 5. Adventure racers are catered for too.

Payment for courses can be done by phone or via paypay and vouchers can also be purchased. And if you need to purchase any equipment Deep Blue Sea Kayaking has a well-stocked shop with a full range of sea kayaks, paddles, gear and equipment is as well as a repair service for fibreglass and plastic sea kayaks.

The team here is well qualified to look after you. Kearney has been paddling for more than 30 years and has been leading and coaching sea kayaking since the early 1990s. His kayaking travels have included New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Chile, Argentina and the glorious west coast of Ireland with its tidal races, beautiful islands, marine life and untouched beaches. He holds the following qualifications: Irish Canoe Union (ICU) Level 5 Personal Proficiency, ICU Level 4 Instructor, First Aid REC3 with particular emphasis on first aid in outdoor adventure sports.

Ewen is Deep Blue Sea Kayaking's full time instructor. She holds the top paddling qualifications from both the ICU (Level 5) and the British Canoe Union (5*). She's an ICU Level 4 coach, holds the REC3 first aid qualification, and is qualified in child protection. Sonia has paddled in Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Spain, France and Malta.

When you’re finished on the water, this part of Ireland offers great opportunities for other entertainment. Nearby Dalkey is a heritage village with a plethora of charming pubs and well-regarded restaurants. Dun Laoghaire is also close and is famous for its two piers where generations have stretched their legs, enjoyed and ice cream and watch its fleet of sailing boats ply the water. It is also home to several hotels if you need accommodation.

Dublin is of course only a short journey away by DART so if the bright lights or shopping of a big city are required, you’ll be well catered for.