Sports

While search and recovery is our primary purpose, many of our members are hobbyists for years at diving, kayaking, swimming and angling and we all participate in these great marine sports together when we can. There is a very strong sporting culture amongst us and it is great to socialize and have some craic whenever we can. Due to our strong sporting culture the Sports Capital Programme gave us funding for a new boat to be used to assist sporting events and to be used for recreational sub aqua diving.

In 2022, we were the proud recipients of the Dóchas boat.

The launch of Dóchas

Diving Group

Our members have fun dives and fun outings. We have travelled to Galway, Clare and Donegal for diving as well as diving in Kilcummin which is on our doorstep. The inland dive quarry in Portroe, Co. Tipperary is a great favourite spot for us and we typically go there four times a year. In 2022, we intend to dive off the Aran Islands for a treat. We are all affiliated with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and we all have the extra insurance policy from DAN (Diver Alert Network).

Logos of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and Diver Alert Network (DAN). We are affiliated with both and they are recognized worldwide.
Training in Ballina Swimming Pool
Training in the pool
Relaxing on the way to dive at the famous landmark Downpatrick Head
Proud of a new air compressor

Below are three photographs of one of our divers in The Red Sea in Egypt.

MV Legends liveaboard diving vessel. Home for a week in November 2017.
Strange and wonderful Irish sea life.
Underwater cave in Kilcummin, Mayo, known as “The Swim Through”. It is about 25m beneath the sea.
Second from the left, one of our divers after completing a 40 meter deep dive and below, receiving certication as a sports deep diver.
Certication in Scubadive West. A brilliant 5 star PADI dive school.
Receiving more diving instructions after arriving home, with a particular emphasis on colour coordination.
Enjoying a fun dive in Portulin
Snorkeling with the Ballina Adventure Centre Hub Coordinator David Horkan
Tired after a tough dive.
Father and daughter
40 meter dive

Kayaking Group

Kayaking excursions include travelling down the River Moy from Foxford to Bartra Island and enjoying the many lakes of Mayo in fine summer weather. We have a professional kayaking instructor amongst our members. Some of us even enjoy sea kayaking together, especially around the Belmullet area.

Above and below …… enjoying the River Moy on a sunny summer evening.
Cruising towards the iconic Ice House
Exploring the Moy between Foxford Ballina

Promotion of Angling

Our boats and our kayaks support local swimming events and angling events and have done so for the past ten years since our foundation.

Marshalling the Annual Children’s Angling Competition in Ballina.
Some of the prize fish caught by the children who hopefully will have enjoyed their inclusion in this sport.

Promotion of Swimming

Our calendar every summer is full of requests for boat cover from the various swimming and triathlon clubs in North Mayo.

Above and in two photographs below, marshalling at a Swim Ireland event in Ballina, County Mayo. June 2020
Helping Swim Ireland in Lough Key Forest Park
Giving boat support to the swim from County Clare to County Galway. June 2019 at Salthill Pier.
Helping at Enniscrone 2021
Helping at Aughris Head 2021
Helping in Forest Park, Boyle. 2021
Forest Park, Boyle. 2021

Promotion of Rowing

Provision of safety cover by boat for the newly formed Ballina Rowing Club

Promotion of Cycling

Our jeep is used to promote road visibility of cyclists frequently and our box trailer gets used for carrying bicycles. We have assisted with 8 cycles in the two years preceding Covid-19. This actually encourages our own members to participate in the cycling event.

Cycling in support of the Coastguard

Burning those calories on long endurance cycles above and below. We supply hi-vis vests when needed along with first aid kits and qualified first aiders.

Cycling against suicide above.
2019 Chairman and Vice chairman cycling from Sligo to Belmullet. Our other members marshalled this spin.