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All courses delivered by fully insured and highly qualified instructors and according to Irish Canoe Union safety guidelines. All equipment supplied. Customized courses organized on request - please contact us for more information.
Our Try Sea Kayaking Day is designed as an Introduction to sea kayaking. A full day of kayaking off the North Dublin Coast is the perfect way to get you started in the exciting world of sea kayaking. We will start at the very beginning teaching you all the basic strokes before venturing out onto the open sea. If weather conditions allow, we will explore the beaches and rocky shoreline of Ireland’s Eye. You will be amazed at the rich diversity of wildlife and birdlife and all this less than an hour from Dublin City Centre. At the end of 2 full sessions at sea, we will enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch at the Oarhouse Seafood Restaurant on the West Pier, Howth.
|10.00 - 12.30||Meet RNLI slipway. Introductory chat followed by session on the water.|
|12.30 - 13.00||Coffee / Tea Offshore.|
|13.00 - 15.30||On the water again for a skills development session and if weather allows we may plan a mini expedition to Ireland's Eye.|
|15.30 - 17.00||Well earned substantial lunch at the Oarhouse Restaurant, West Pier.|
Try Sea Kayaking Day courses will take place on the below dates. Please click on a date to book online.
Sat 3rd Feb 10:00am - 5:00pm
€55 Per Person.
Come and try the exciting and adventurous world of sea kayaking. Before venturing out onto the open sea, we will guide you through the basics in the sheltered waters of Howth Harbour. This will involve some instruction in basic boat handling manoevres in order to get your confidence up before venturing further. If the weather conditions allow and individual skill level is up for the challenge, we may kayak across to the southern tip of Ireland’s Eye where we will encounter the growing population of seals and experience the amazing birdlife.
Try Sea Kayak Half Day courses will take place on the below dates. Please click on a date to book online.
Sat 3rd Feb 10:00am - 1:00pm
This course is designed for kayakers who wish to improve, practice and develop their sea kayaking skills. It is intended as a link between our Try Sea Kayaking Day and more advanced Training and Assessment Courses. As well as delivering our Improver syllabus, this course will increase your time at sea, your exposure to wind and wave, your skill level during rescue scenarios and if weather allows, your confidence in moderately challenging sea conditions. If weather conditions allow, we will bring you on an extended sea trip which could include Ireland's Eye and the Bailey Lighthouse. However, if there is enough demand from a group, we may occasionally change to another North Dublin location. As we will be at sea for the day, please bring a packed lunch and hot drink.
|11.00||Meet at RNLI slipway, Howth for an introduction talk about our trip plan for the day. This will involve a brief chat about the forecasted weather and of course a study of the relevant sea chart.|
|11.30 - 16.00||On the water, we will follow our Improver syllabus. We will practice rescue scenarios ie you will rescue and be rescued and hopefully if weather conditions allow, we will expose you to wind and wave and more challenging sea conditions. Lunch will happen at some time half way through the session on an offshore beach.|
Kayak Skills Development Day courses will take place on the below dates. Please click on a date to book online.
Sun 4th Feb 11:00am - 4:00pm
Experience the freedom of the open sea. In response to demand, we have planned a number of Winter Sea Kayaking trips to either the Skerries Islands or Lambay.
These trips are suitable for those who seek further adventure, exposure and experience in offshore sea kayaking. You will receive instruction in how to handle your kayak and perform rescues in increased wind and wave conditions. Participants should have completed either two improver evenings, a kayak skills development day or already hold a level 3/4 sea proficiency certificate. These days are not suitable for beginners.
On these trips, you will also have a unique opportunity to experience Fingal wildlife at it's Winter best. This is the time when various species of Duck, Geese and Waders from Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia feed and roost on the North Dublin Islands. Seabirds begin to return in February/March to lay claim to their breeding territories. Atlantic Grey Seals tend to young pups born during November and December. Winter is often the best time to see Peregrine Falcon, Merlin and Short Eared Owls on the Islands of Fingal.
|11.00 - 15.30||Meet 1100hrs at either Skerries or Rush harbour. The trip plan will be weather dependent. Participants will be informed by email at least 24hours in advance. Following a detailed briefing, we will spend the day at sea, will lunch on an offshore island and return to shore by 1530hrs. Make sure to bring a lunch and hot drink and a set of dry clothing.|