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Try Sea Kayaking Day

Learn to sea kayak safely and competently with our introductory Try Sea Kayaking Day. Read More

Kayak Skills Development Day

Improve and develop your sea kayaking skills and confidence on the water. Read More

Please Note

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.

Spring / Summer Evening Courses

Evening Courses

Our Evening courses are the perfect way to de-stress in the great outdoors after a day of work. Whether you are a total beginner or an improver intent on developing your skills, we have a course to suit you.

Overall, we want you to enjoy whatever course you choose, feel gently challenged and become inspired by our enthusiasm for the world of sea kayaking.

The meeting point for Introductory & Improver course participants will be at the RNLI slipway in Howth. Please aim to be on site 15 min before the start of your course so as to ensure you are on time for the briefing.

Times : 1 May – 20 August (inclusive), 7.00 - 9.30pm. Any Evening Courses outside of these times (before 1st May and after 20th August) will start earlier, so please check times on the booking form.

€55 per participant.

Introductory Course

Meeting the wildlife off Thulla Island.

Meeting the wildlife off Thulla Island.
At Introductory level, our aim is to teach you how to paddle your own canoe. Initially, we will spend some time fitting you into the kayak that is right for you and discussing the basic safety rules. Then it’s onto the water where we will teach you a whole range of paddling strokes which will help you to build your confidence slowly. You will learn how to:
  • Enter and exit your kayak safely .
  • Paddle forwards, backwards, sideways with good technique.
  • Perform basic turning manoeuvres and support strokes .
  • At the end of your session, we will guide you slowly through capsize drill as this will increase your level of water confidence.
If weather conditions allow, we will cross the Sound to Ireland’s Eye where we will introduce you to the hidden treasures of the North Dublin coast..... the bird life, seal life, hidden coves and inlets, rocky outcrops and secluded beaches.

Bookings

Cost: €55 per person

Bookings

We're sorry - there are currently no Introductory courses scheduled.



Improver Course

Rock hopping south of Howth Head.

Rock hopping south of Howth Head.
At Improver level, we build on what you have learned at Introductory level.

We will significantly add to your repertoire of strokes which will improve your boat handling skills in a variety of sea conditions. Again, we will work on improving your water confidence and stability in the kayak by concentrating on the following:
  • More turning manoeuvres and bracing strokes, body posture, trunk rotation and development of an efficient paddling style.
  • Basic boat handling techniques in wind and wave and tidal currents.
  • Capsize drill and rescues on other participants……this will further improve your water confidence, stability and enjoyment.
If weather conditions allow, we will cross the Sound to Ireland’s Eye and will introduce you to the hidden treasures of the North Dublin coast….the bird life, seal life, plants and coastal features like caves, sea stacks, arches and coves. You will be amazed that such a “jewel” of an island lies in such close proximity to our capital city.

Bookings

Cost: €55 per person

Bookings

We're sorry - there are currently no Improver courses scheduled.



Puffin Paddles

Puffin amidst the sea thrift.

Puffin amidst the sea thrift.
These paddles are designed for kayakers who have ideally completed one or two improver days and are seeking further adventure and exposure whilst at the same time enjoying the unique natural environment of the North Dublin coast. As an open crossing between Rush and Lambay is involved, these trips will be weather dependent. If the weather is not suitable, we will divert to Howth and Ireland's Eye.

Gull chicks, Lambay Island.

Gull chicks, Lambay Island.
The Puffin breeding season on the Fingal coastline is relatively short. The birds arrive in late April and often depart as early as the first week in July. The best time to experience the atmosphere at their breeding colonies is late evening when the air comes alive with the sound of purring, wheeling, whizzing and screeching seabirds. Lambay Island is one of Ireland's most important seabird breeding colonies and has approx 250 pairs of breeding Puffins, 100,000 pairs of Guillemot and numerous other species including Gulls, Gannets, Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Cormorant and Shags. The sheer diversity, noise and clamour of the birdlife is amazing and all so accessible to Dublin city centre.

Come with us and enjoy one of Fingal's wildlife spectaculars by sea kayak.

Meeting PointRush Pier, 7pm.
Times7-10pm on the below dates.
Cost€55 per participant.

Bookings

We're sorry - there are no Puffin Paddle courses currently scheduled. But why not learn to sea kayak at one of our Introductory Evenings instead?

Summer Fish & Barbeque Evening

Fishing for mackerel, Skerdagh Rocks, Connemara

Fishing for mackerel, Skerdagh Rocks,
Connemara
Enjoy a relaxing evening off the coast of Howth. Experience the thrill of fishing from your kayak and later cooking your food in the outdoors. We will aspire to reach Ireland's Eye but as usual weather conditions will determine where we land.

These trips are suitable only for those with previous kayaking experience. However, we will take beginners in double kayaks if they have a competent partner. If you wish to avail of this option, please book a double kayak.

Price

Individual€65
Double Kayak€85

Bookings

Sorry, there are no 'Fish BBQ Evening' courses coming up at the moment. Please check again soon.

Double Kayaking, Ireland's Eye, Howth, Co. Dublin
Double Kayaking, Ireland's Eye, Howth,
Co. Dublin

N.B.

To book a Double Kayak, only one person needs to fill out the booking form and we will reserve a double kayak with space for 2 people. However, please make sure that your kayak partner has a good level of physical fitness, and that he/she is aware of our safety policy. If her/his emergency contact details differ from your own, please notify us in advance of the course. Feel free to contact us for more details on Double Kayaks.