Sports

New members are welcome. Please send us an e-mail at ballinamoyrescue@gmail.com. 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.

Diving Club

As a member, you are welcome to come diving with us recreationally. 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 2021, 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 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.
Coming back into Portulin Harbour in North Mayo after a brilliant all day session of multiple fun dives.
Snorkeling with the Ballina Adventure Centre Hub Coordinator David Horkan
The proposed design for inside of our dive trailer.
Tired after a tough dive.
Father and daughter.

Kayaking Club

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.

Completing our kayaking courses with David Horkan’s Paddle and Pedal in Ballymore Lake in Attymass.
Above and below …… enjoying the River Moy on a sunny summer evening.
Cruising towards the iconic Ice House
Exploring the Moy between Foxford Ballina
In whitewater above and below !

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 tthe 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.

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.