Ballyhass Outdoor Scholarship 2019/2020




We introduced our first wakeboarding scholarship for Transition Year students back in 2014. Running for 16 weeks participants had the opportunity to learn a completely new skill in one of Europe’s fastest growing water sports. It proved to be a huge success with many of those that completed the course going on to win both local and national wakeboarding events.


Building on the successful wakeboarding scholarship we then introduced our 16 week kayak scholarship program in 2016.

For the past three seasons many of the successful participants have developed into industry qualified kayakers. Many of whom are now regularly running kayak activity sessions and becoming kayak facilitators passing on their knowledge to the next generation of young Irish Kayakers.


2020 Vision


As part of the Ballyhass 2020 plan we have revamped our already successful scholarship program to offer even more to the local participants.

Our plan is to offer an all encompassing outdoor scholarship program that gives participants the skills and knowledge to start a career in the outdoors. 

We will combine what we have already learned through our successful kayak and wakeboarding scholarship and add in other key industry skills such as first aid, ERCA High-Rope, WSA Paddle-Boarding and many more.

Altogether participants will take part and complete eight core modules over ten weeks. The program will be broken into two five week programs (one before and one after Christmas)


  • European Ropes Course Association ERCA (Certification)

  • First Aid (Certification)

  • Wakeboarding Cutting Edge

  • WSA Kayak (Certification)

  • WSA Stand-up Paddle Boarding (Certification)

  • Manual Handling (Certification)

  • Social Media and Promotions

  • Intro to outdoor instructing & Group Management


A place on the Scholarship is worth €1,600 per person and Ballyhass is delighted to offer 20 places completely FREE of charge. 

That is €32,000 worth of outdoor courses for local transition students.

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Q. Will it all be outdoors?

  1. All modules will involve both outdoor and indoor learning elements both practical and theory based


Q. How much does it Cost?

  1. The scholarship is completely free to participants. Any modules that result in certification/affiliation the cost of certification will be covered by the participant.


Q. Where does it take place?

  1. All modules will take place in Ballyhass Mallow. Some off-site trips for kayaking may take place where participants will be fully notified in advance.


Q. When does the scholarship take place?

  1. The scholarship runs on a combination of Wednesday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Semester one runs from September 15th to October 20th and Semester two runs from March 18th to April 19th. Participants will receive a list of dates however these dates may change as a result of external factors.


Q. Who can apply?

  1. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 may apply. However we encourage mainly transition year students and advise against anyone in an exam year to apply.


Q. How do I apply?

  1. All applications are done through an online application system at


Q. What happens after I apply?

  1. A member of team Ballyhass will contact you and arrange a time/date for you to come and meet us for a chat and a brief assessment on the water.


Q. When will I find out if I have made the scholarship?

  1. The cut off for applications is September 15th. At which point all successful applicants will be notified.


Q. Do I need my own transport to Ballyhass Mallow?

  1. Yes, all participants are responsible for their own transportation to the centre. However in previous years we have had multiple scholars from the same area who have been happy to carpool.


Q. What if my school does not have half days on Wednesdays?

  1. Previously students from schools that do not have half days on Wednesdays have received special permission from the school to leave early. This is down to the participant to get permission however we are happy to notify the school of the scholars participation in the course.


Q. Do I have to make every course date?

  1. Yes, all successful scholars are expected to attend all the dates laid out. However we understand that unexpected events can occur where attendance is not possible. Scholars will be responsible for notifying Ballyhass. Should there be no notification of non attendance more than once Ballyhass may remove the participant from the scholarship.


Q. Will I get a job with Ballyhass after completing the scholarship?

  1. Unfortunately there is no guarantee of employment for participants completing the scholarship program. All scholars will be able to apply for a trainee instructor summer job in 2020 however places are limited and they will be required to go through the same process as all instructor applicants.

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Course Outline


Course One



Value per person

Intro to Outdoor Instructing

Two 3 hour classes



Two 3 hour sessions


WSA Kayaking

Four 3 hour sessions


First Aid

Two 3 hour classes



Course Two



Value per person

Wakeboarding Cutting Edge

Six Double Sets (3 hours wakeboarding)


WSA Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Two 3 hour classes


Manual Handling

One 3 Hour class


Social Media & Promotions

One 3 hour class



Total Value per person: €1600

Total Class Time: 42 Hours per person


Sample Timetable

Semester One

Date Course
Sunday 15th September WSA Kayaking
Wednesday 18th Septtember WSA Kayaking
Sunday 22nd September WSA Kayaking
Wednesday 25th September WSA Kayaking
Sunday 29th September ERCA
Friday 4th October ERCA
Sunday 6th October Intro to Outdoor Instructing
Sunday 13th October Intro to Outdoor Instructing
Wednesday 16th October First Aid
Sunday 20th October First Aid

Semester Two

Date Course
Wednesday 18th March  Manual Handling
Sunday 22nd March Social Media & Promotions
Wednesday 15th March WSA Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Sunday 29th March WSA Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Wednesday 1st April Wakeboarding
Sunday 5th April Wakeboarding
Wednesday 8th April Wakeboarding
Sunday 12th April Wakeboarding
Wednesday 15th April Wakeboarding
Sunday 19th April Wakeboarding