Sea Synergy is a Marine Awareness and Activity Center that offers a unique and interactive marine wildlife and heritage exhibition, as well as a variety of meaningful activities, workshops, and adventures that empower all ages. Sea Synergy’s immersive experiences in the Skellig Coast’s rich local heritage and environment allow our clients to fully experience what Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has to offer!
Guided tours and adventures are provided by marine biologists and local specialists to facilitate a greater connection to nature and the local area. We have a variety of fun and educational workshops and activities such as Seashore Safaris, guided snorkeling, guided stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, boat tours, village heritage walks, island visits, mindfulness in nature meditations, which are open to all ages and aim to give participants a closer connection to nature.
Our Mission is to create meaningful experiences in nature for individuals or groups which are tailored to their needs and enable them to discover the rich diversity of Ireland’s environment and Wild Atlantic Way in a fun and memorable way.
THE SEA SYNERGY TEAM
Lucy Hunt is a marine biologist with a Joint Hons degree in Marine biology and Zoology and a Masters in Marine Environmental Protection. She has been running marine awareness and education workshops and activities for all ages for over 15 years. In 2014, she founded Sea Synergy to help raise awareness of the importance of the ocean and encourage others to fall in love with the ocean and to help protect it. Lucy has been nominated as an Ashoka Changemaker, an Ocean Hero, and Kerry Businesswoman of the Year. Additionally, her work on ocean health and plastic pollution has been recognized by HRH Prince Charles. Lucy has managed and created international marine education projects inspiring over 100,000 people to engage in positive action for the Ocean such as the Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Education program 2017-18.
Lucy is an avid scuba diver and loves doing anything in on or under the ocean. Although she has been to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Kinabalu, and Carrantuohill to test her hiking abilities, she is still trying to decide if she loves hiking as much as she loves her ocean adventures. She enjoys traveling but her favorite thing is coming home to the Kingdom of Kerry taking a walk on her local beach and introducing her home environment to as many people as possible, creating a connection with nature and an understanding of the intricacies of what it offers.
Irish sailor Damian Foxall has competed in ten round-the-world races, resulting in numerous world records and four round the world titles. He has subsequently been described as a national hero and Ireland’s top international sailor and attended a reception at the Presidential Residence in Ireland. Damian’s experience in the marine industry ranges from competing as an athlete to coaching and project management.
Damian’s true appreciation for the natural environment stems from his childhood experiences growing up on the Southwest coast of Ireland. Later in life, he pursued a career working offshore in all of the world’s oceans. He works as a marine consultant across multiple platforms and disciplines to highlight the importance of ocean health, most recently during the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, Damian worked for Vestas 11th Hour Racing as sustainability manager promoting ocean health as part of the team’s conservation strategy. Damian is a regular public speaker for business, education, and media platforms in both English and French. Damian’s skill as an outdoor adventure guide and expedition leader is put to good use at Sea Synergy.
Natasha has an MSc in Conservation Science and an Honours degree in Ecology. She is widely travelled with a passion for community engagement and education. Her varied career has included rowing for Great Britain at three World Championships and the Beijing Olympics, coaching rowing in the Maldives, teaching English in China and researching peoples’ motivations to conserve their land. However, it wasn’t until she began to run school and community engagement projects in the Broads National Park that she felt she had found her new niche.
She derives immense satisfaction from working with people from all walks of life, enabling them to discover their local environment, understand its unique qualities and why it needs their support. Environmental education gives her the chance to pass on her passion for the outdoors and nature, inspired by growing up in Africa, and her insatiable curiosity about the world.
She enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, scuba diving, kayaking and has completed two long distance cylces through China, Central and SE Asia. It’s her abiding love of being in, on or near water and the chance to combine this with environmental education that led her to Sea Synergy.
Rebecca has a Hons degree in Ecology from UCC and is a qualifying member of CIEEM. What started as a love for wildlife soon grew to a passion for conserving marine life when she first interned at Sea Synergy back in the summer of 2019 as an ‘Education and Research Intern’. Here she got to experience the wonder of life below the surface. This internship led her to work in different roles within Sea Synergy from Activities Instructor and Research Assistant to her current role of Education Officer. She is working towards a master’s degree in Marine Ecology, with a focus on sustainability in fishing. Her interest in wildlife surveying bats, birds, whales, and dolphins has led her to get her MMO certification.
She loves being on the water from coastal rowing her way to an All Ireland gold medal to become a level 1 stand-up paddleboarding instructor.
She enjoys wild swimming and cycling all year round, having participated in triathlons and adventure races over the years. Hiking and walking have also played a big part in her life recently completing Scotland’s first long-distance route the West Highland Way solo.
Rebecca grew up in the Kingdom of Kerry in the southwest of Ireland so it’s no surprise she loves the ocean and sharing what she learns along the way with people of all ages.
I have been lucky enough to have grown up in Waterville and have a deep love for the local environment. Since childhood I have kept nature diaries to record my findings, whether on the beaches, lakeside, woods or bogland but I’m at my happiest when I’m beachcombing along any of the beaches in the vicinity.
I started beachcleaning as a teenager in the late 1980s after realising how much plastic was coming ashore and feeling that “someone” ought to do something about it. I returned to Waterville in 2004 and recommenced my beach cleaning and still feel that we can all be that “someone”.
From 2007 to date I have volunteered with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, recording and documenting any whales and dolphins that have washed in on the coastline of the local area.
Working with the IWDG made me realise the value in what “citizen scientists” do and the importance in our discoveries. I collect any suitable specimens for Dr Heidi Acampora’s research into plastics in seabirds and send in sightings of unusual (transatlantic) finds to Declan Quigley, which has meant that my photos and records have been published in the Irish Naturalist’s Journal and the Journal of Conchology.
I was shortlisted for an Ocean Hero award through Clean Coasts for my beach cleaning work and am incapable of visiting a beach without picking up some rubbish too! With beach cleaning my passion has been trying to find out where the rubbish has come from. A lot on our coast here in Waterville has crossed the Atlantic and it isn’t that uncommon to find pieces from Greenland, North America and the Caribbean. Thanks to social media and the internet you can sometimes actually make contact with the owner of the rubbish – as I’ve done several times with lost fishing gear from America.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a member of the Sea Synergy crew and hope to be able to learn and contribute a lot.