About Summer SUP School
Summer SUP School is based in two stunning locations on the Wild Atlantic Way. We offer Stand Up Paddleboarding Courses, Rentals, Summer Camps and Explorer Tours using only the best quality equipment and Instructors.
We are open between the months of May to September (from sunrise to sunset), and outside of these times for school tours and private rentals (by appointment).
We are an accredited ASI school, which means we follow very strict criteria for our staffing and training of SUP. The ASI are an international SUP coaching organization and have schools all over Europe/America and the southern hemisphere with their main base on Bondi beach! We follow their guidelines in the way we teach SUP and find that the structure is perfect for learning.
All our staff are qualified RNLI/RLSS beach lifeguards and are trained to the highest standards at international level. They all have first aid/Life support and AED qualifications as well.
We take safety seriously here at summer SUP and teach you how to understand the wind and tide so that when you are in the water and not with us you are still safe! We also teach lifesaving to our summer camps!
Great Fun | Ideal Location | Safe Environment
Owner & Chief Instructor
Muirtí Ó Cearnaigh is the owner of Summer SUP, and has been working in adventure activities and water sports for over 18 years. He has a multitude of qualifications, and also owns Atlantic Coast Lifeguards – Ireland’s top lifeguard training school – so you are in very safe hands!
He opened Summer SUP school in 2015 as he found that stand up paddle boarding is the one water sport that the whole family can enjoy immediately. All age groups can participate, sometimes the younger and slightly older ones need more one on one for a few minutes but we can get everyone on the water in a very short time to explore. It’s really important to note it’s not just for kids!
A keen waterman with a love for surfing and paddling, you will find him on the beach or in the woods with Mara – his gorgeous 4yr old Golden Retriever.
The real chiefs of the SUP school are Steph & Mara – Steph jumps in whenever we need her and is a multi qualified instructor. She is around our Cork school most weekends but from time to time we steal her away to Mayo… Thats where she found Muirti!
Mara is the instructor everyone wants and can be found on the beach every day as we just cant take her away from it! A keen water dog, all she wants to do is chase fish and then sleep.
Ross works in our mayo school and has been teaching with us since 2016 – not only an awesome instructor, Ross is one of Irelands top stand up paddle board racers & SUP surfers. He competes for Ireland at European and International competitions.
Ross is the “go to man” if you really want to improve on your SUP paddling technique. However Ross is not perfect – He is mad into GAA & loves Monaghan – even though he is a Dub!
Aisling is based in our Crookhaven school in West Cork, She came on board with us in 2018 (excuse the pun 😊)
Another multi-qualified instructor, Aisling is studying outdoor education in GMIT. She is a qualified ASI SUP coach, Beach Lifeguard & first aider but is a keen rock climber and surfer and competes for her college in the surf comps each year.
Sadbh is another Dub that cant get enough of Mayo and has been with us what seems like forever! Another awesome stand up paddle board instructor & beach lifeguard and a total water baby.
She loves introducing families to stand up paddle boarding and having a laugh on the water.