Rib Sea Safaris

Rib Sea Safaris

Join us on a superb tour of Brandon Bay

Tour Info

  • Departure Scraganne Pier
  • Cruise around the Islands
  • Visit Illauntaunig Island
  • Dolphin and Sealife tour

This unique tour takes in the breath-taking majestic coastline of Tralee Bay and Brandon Bay and around the Maharees Islands.

We depart from Scraggane pier heading north to Illauntannig Island to view the Monastic settlement (we may land onto the Island weather dependent and we have our own dock to make it easier to access the Island) Then around the rest of the seven hogs Islands to view the delights that await you. From there we head across Brandon bay towards Brandon Head to see the cliffs and caves along Brandon Head and hopefully get to see our resident pod of bottle nose Dolphins on the way!!

This tour is limited 12 persons max each time, therefore it can offer a very personal experience! (Minimum 6 per tour).

Your captain has a great knowledge of this coastline as he has spent years on the sea around Ireland. They will fascinate you with many a story along the way!

This tour can be tailor made. You may privately hire the rib (boat) and decide on a particular area of the bay you would like to explore, like an up close view of the Maharees Islands or the Monastic settlement on Illauntannig. See the many Rock Formations around the 7 Hogs Islands and the West Kerry Coastline.

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What we might See!

Local Seals

Whales & Dolphins

Sharks

Sea Birds

Our local Seals

Mucklaghbeg (An Mhuclach Bheag) Island hosts a colony of Seals. Seals are naturally curious creatures and therefore, with a good camera, it should be relatively easy to get some excellent pictures of them in their proper habitat.

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Whales & Dolphins

We have a resident pod of bottle nose dolphins in Brandon bay and its seldom they don’t come over to say hello and as a bonus on our Sea Safari we have come across Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Killer Whales “Orca”, Porpoises, Dolphins: Common, Bottlenose, Risso, Atlantic white sided.

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Other Sea life

Blue Sharks, Basking Sharks (second biggest fish in the world). Seals: Grey and Common and many other interesting species like Sun Fish and various Jellyfish. Seabirds Guillemot, Gannets, Kittiwake, Storm Petrels, Razorbill to name a few.

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Testimonial

The tour was so interesting and Phil was such a knolwedgable and friendly guide- we will defintely go again!

Tour FAQ's

  • wHAT WILDLIFE MIGHT WE SEE?

    What, or even if, we see any wildlife can never be guaranteed, However, depending on climate and seasons the seas around West Kerry are often visited by: – Sharks – Blue, Basking Dolphins – Common, Bottlenose, Risso, Atlantic White Sided Porpoises – Harbour Whales – Humpback, Mink, Fin Seals – Atlantic Grey, Common Seabirds – Guillemot, Gannet, Kittiwake, Storm Petrel, Razorbill, Puffin … Also Leatherback Turtles and Various Jellyfish

  • HOW LARGE A GROUP CAN YOU ACCEPT BOOKINGS FOR?

    Our boat can take 12 Passengers + Crew at any one time. For larger parties wanting Island Transfers etc we can always do multiple runs.

  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

    The cost of the tour is 45euro pp which includes a seat and a buoyancy aid. The price for adults and children is the same.

  • HOW LARGE A GROUP CAN YOU ACCEPT BOOKINGS FOR?

    Our boat can take 12 Passengers + Crew at any one time. For larger parties wanting Island Transfers etc we can always do multiple runs.

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF A TRIP IS CANCELLED?

    We Reserve The Right To Cancel A Trip If We Feel The Conditions Are Unsafe.  Under These Circumstances All Monies Shall Be Refunded – It Is Also Imperative That You Leave Us Correct Contact Details At Time Of Booking. Should You Need To Cancel A Booking For Any Reason We Require 48 Hours Notice Otherwise Deposits Will Not Be Refundable.

  • WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON THE TRIP? WILL I GET WET?

    We Recommend That you Wear a Good Waterproof / Windproof Jacket. It will be cool once we depart the pier and there will be spray from the sea. Please apply sun cream protection if necessary. .. And Don’t Forget Your Camera (And Fresh Batteries)

  • ARE THE TRIPS SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

    All children should be accompanied by an adult (18+) to take full responsibility and direct supervision while on the tour. We do not have a minimum age requirement as all children are different shapes and sizes, so the minimum height requirement is 1.2m. Their feet must be able to reach the floor while sitting on the seat.

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Powerboating

Powerboating

Your Instructor

Phillip Fitzgibbon

Phillip Fitzgibbon is the senior powerboat instructor in Splash Sports. Phillips experience in powerboating is second to none. So if you are looking the best you found him.

Experience

over 30 years experience in powerboating

Achievements

current holder of ROUND IRELAND POWERBOAT RECORD.

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INTRO TO POWERBOATING (LEVEL 1)

Course aims:
The aim of the Introduction to Powerboating Certificate is to provide a practical introduction to boat handling and safety on powerboat. It is ideally suited to anyone new to powerboating and whose primary role will be as crew on a powerboat. By the end of the course participants will be able to safely and effectively crew a powerboat and take the helm while under supervision.

Duration:
Full day
Pre-Requisites:
No previous experience or knowledge is required or assumed.
Syllabus:
Boat preparation, Clothing, Slow speed handling, Manoeuvring at speed, Anchoring, Man Over Board, Regulations, Safety, Rope work, Towing, Weather, Navigation & Pilotage.
Award:
ISA Introduction to Powerboating Certificate. (On successful completion)

Price:
€175 per person


NATIONAL POWERBOAT (LEVEL2)

Course Aims:
By the end of this two day course the successful participant will be capable of helming without supervision in good conditions and familiar waters.
They will also be safety conscious and have a basic knowledge of boat preparation and handling both ashore and afloat. Experienced boat handlers may also achieve this award through direct assessment.

Pre-Requisites:
Some previous boating experience is necessary. The ISA recommends this certificate as the minimum level of training/knowledge required before anyone uses a power boat on their own.
Equipment: This course may be run in Castlegregory on our boats using the tiller and console driven boat
Ratio:
Maximum 3 clients per instructor
Duration:
2 days (10.00am to 7.00pm on the first day and 10.00am to 5.00pm on the second day). Call for details on a direct assessment.
Cost:
Is €325 per person, To carry out the course on your own boat, the cost is less, please contact Phillip for details. When doing the course on your own boat, it must be fully equipped with all required safety equipment and insurance.
Award:
ISA National Powerboat Certificate (Level 2) (on successful completion);

International Certificate of Competency (ICC) (on successful completion)
Course Program:

    • Preparation of the boat for use
    • Clothing & equipment
    • Launch & recovery
    • Basic boat handling
    • Planing & manoeuvring while on the plane
    • Leaving & coming alongside
    • Securing to a mooring buoy
    • Anchoring
    • Man overboard
    • Application of the “Rules of the Road”
    • Regulations
    • Safety on board
    • Rope work
    • Engines & drives
    • Types of craft
    • Towing
    • Weather
    • Navigation & pilotage
    • Coastal knowledge


SAFETY BOAT

Course Aims:
The Safety Boat Certificate Course aims to introduce anyone involved in sailing clubs or watersports centers to the essential skills needed to providing safely cover and how to rescue a fleet of boats/canoes/boats/windsurfers.

Duration:
2 days
Pre-Requisites:
National Powerboat Certificate or equivalent experience.

Syllabus:
Race Management (sailing boats), Rescue techniques for: sailing dinghies, windsurfers, canoes & kayaks, kitesurfers, Safety boat specifications, Incident management / medical emergencies, and Search patterns.

Award:
ISA Safety Boat Certificate. (On successful completion).

Price:
€325 per person.

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Powerboating in Ireland

Power boating is one of the easiest ways to get on the water today. Maybe you just want to spend a sunny summer’s day out with the family and friends, skiing, fishing or just relaxing. Or perhaps you’re a commercial user who needs qualifications for work.

At Splash Sports we provide a comprehensive range of the Irish Sailing Association powerboat courses for those certificates which are both nationally and internationally recognized and our own in house powerboat clinics for those of you that want to learn how to get your boat into and out of that tricky space in the marina and see how the professionals make it look so easy.

Advanced POWERBOATING

Course Aims:
Is to take your powerboating to the next level, to develop boat handling, seamanship, Pilotage and navigation skills up to the standards required to drive a planning powerboat safety by day in all coastal waters, and by night in coastal waters with which you are familiar.

Duration:
2 days

Pre-Requisites:
“National Powerboat Certificate” or equivalent qualification and “Coastal Navigation Course”. It is recommended that students hold a First Aid Certificate and the VHF licence.

Syllabus:
Heavy weather handling, Search patterns, Basic engine repairs, Day & night passages and GPS navigation.

Award:
ISA Advanced Powerboat Certificate. (On successful completion)

Price:
€425 per person


DIVE COXWAINS

Course Aims:
The Dive Coxswain Certificate (ISA) course aims to introduce and develop the skills necessary to take charge of a powerboat that is deploying and recovering divers on inland and coastal dive sites, by day, on waters with which the coxswain is familiar.


Pre-Requisites:
ISA National Powerboat Certificate. Personal experience in, or knowledge of, diving would be an advantage. Strongly recommend you hold a First Aid Certificate & VHF Licence. Coxswains taking divers to dive sites further offshore, or to coastal sites with which they are not familiar, should consider completing the ISA Advanced Powerboat Certificate.

Equipment:
This course may be run in Castlegregory on our boats using the tiller and console driven boat Alternatively, if a group has access to a suitable boat in a suitable location, the course can be run on-site.

Ratio:
Minimum 3, maximum 6 clients per instructor

Duration:
2 days, 10am to 5pm each day

Cost:
€330 per person discount for 3+ persons

Award:
ISA Dive Coxswain Certificate (on successful completion)

Course Program:

    • Boat handling
    • Diving operations including: Deploy shot lines, lazy shots, decompression stops; Describe use of equipment including magnemometer, grapnel hook; Deploy and recover divers etc.
    • Passage planning
    • Passage making
    • Weather
    • Coastal knowledge
    • Application of the “Rules of the Road”
    • Boat types
    • Safety & emergency situations
    • Care of boats & equipment

PERSONAL WATER CRAFT

Course Aims:
This course is designed by PWC users for PWC users
Duration: 2 days
Pre-Requisites: none.

Course Syllabus:
Personal equipment, Pre-launch checks, Rules of the road, safe speed, overtaking, Local rules/ Bylaws. Charts & tides. Weather, lee shores, Safety & emergency equipment, Courtesy to other, Launching from a trailer, Controlling at low speed, Falling off & re-boarding, Control at speed. Collision situations & Slalom exercises. Towing and maybe one or two tricks!!

Award:
Personal water craft PWC Certificate. (On successful completion €325 per person

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