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.
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).
Below are three photographs of one of our divers in The Red Sea in Egypt.
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.
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.
Promotion of Swimming
Our calendar every summer is full of requests for boat cover from the various swimming and triathlon clubs in North Mayo.
Promotion of Rowing
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.
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.