About Deep Blue Sea Kayaking

Deep Blue Sea Kayaking is an Irish Sea Kayaking company previously based in south Dublin and now in the north west of Ireland and has been operating since 2003. 


While we're no longer leading groups, it's important that you know who is qualified to take you out. On open water, you need a Level 3 SEA instructor or above to take you out. Nobody else is qualified. For full info, have a look here.


Des KeaneyDes_Keaney

Deep Blue Sea Kayaking is run by Des Keaney. 

Des began paddling 30 years ago and has been leading and coaching sea kayaking since the early '90s.


o Irish Canoe Union (ICU) Level 5 Personal Proficiency

o ICU Level 4 Instructor (full info on instructor levels here)

o First Aid REC4 with particular emphasis on first aid in outdoor adventure sports.

Des's sea kayaking travels have included New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Malta, the Straits of Gibraltar, Chile, Argentina and the glorious west coast of Ireland with its tidal races, beautiful islands, marine life and untouched beaches. In 2008, he led a group which successfully rounded Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America.

He was the editor of the 1st and 2nd editions of Oileáin, the guide to Ireland’s coastline and islands, written by David Walsh, originally published in 2004 and the 2nd Edition in 2014.

He uses Greenland paddles which he builds himself.


Sonja EwenSonja_small

Sonja first took to the sea in a general purpose boat when she was 14 and it has since become her life.

She holds the top paddling qualifications from both the ICU (Level 5) and the BCU (5*). She's an ICU Level 4 instructor, holds the REC4 first aid qualification and is qualified in Child Protection.

She loves the many different elements of sea kayaking, the rough and the smooth, the wild and the human.

She has paddled in Scotland,  Wales, the Isle of Man, Spain, France and Malta.

In 2010, she paddled half of the coast of Ireland before being stopped by illness and has done the whole lot again in 2015.