Less than a year after its grand opening, the team at the International Outdoor Activity Centre (IOAC) are expanding their operations, setting up a new base in Rosslare Strand to offer water-based activities.
The IOAC, which is the brainchild of Adrian and Carmel Tennant, opened in May of last year and since then has enjoyed great success with scouting groups, glamping and camping bookings and, in particular, school tours which, Adrian says, have been non-stop with every day in June already booked out.
IOAC Seabase Rosslare would, he pointed out, operate both as an extension of the Tagoat centre and also as a stand-alone centre. They plan to be open in time for the summer season this year and will offer bodysurfing, kayaking and other beach games, both on and off the water.
In addition to that, people interested in doing activities at the Tagoat centre will be able to book in Rosslare.
Adrian said: 'We have new kayaks and body boards ordered. As we grow and expand, we hope to add more activites like stand-up paddle boarding and windsurfing, but we're focused on sustainable growth and the idea that people can come back to us, year-after-year, and there will be a new activity to try.'
The emphasis, he said, was on reinvesting back into the business.
'Seabase was always part of our plans and we're lucky that this opportunity came up through Rosslare Community Development Association - it's been mutually beneficial. It's a good addition for the community and local area, and it's good for us as a young company, keen to expand.'
The company currently employs 14 staff but will be taking on at least another 16 for the summer months - some of those will be returning staff from last summer while others will be new people who can take on roles as youth leaders or be trained in for various roles. Adrian said that Seabase will offer the chance for staff development and will see extra staff coming on board but he did not know how many yet.
'We'll be having a recruitment drive after Easter. Obviously Seabase will be looking for people with specific skills such as water and lifeguard skills. We'll have approximately 30 people employed with us for the summer months.'