Beginners Kayaking Course Exclusively For Families

Beginners Kayaking Course Exclusively For Families

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From €187.69

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Laois Kayak & Canoe Club

Old Bridge



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A fun weekend of paddling and on-the-water instruction for Families who want to learn the basics of kayaking with qualified instructors

About this event

A fun weekend including a river trip of paddling and on-the-water instruction designed for parents (or guardians) and children who want to learn the basics of kayaking together with qualified Canoeing Ireland instructors. Junior participants must be 14 years of age or older.

This course also includes :

  • Level 2 Kayak Award assessment
  • River Safety & Rescue Certificate (RSR1)
  • Membership of Laois Kayak & Canoe Club
  • Membership of Canoeing Ireland


  • Saturday 16th July 2022 (10am to 4pm)
  • Sunday 17th July 2022 (10am to 3.30pm)

What you will learn:

  • To kayak safely & competently on flat water
  • An understanding of the Basic Paddling Techniques and Safety Rules of canoeing
  • An ability to Enter and Exit a kayak correctly
  • Forward Paddle, Reverse Paddle, and Stop
  • An ability to turn while stationary using Forward Sweep Stroke, Reverse Sweep Stroke and a combination of Forward and Reverse Sweep Strokes
  • Simple Draw Stroke
  • Low Brace
  • Turning on the Move
  • Edging while the kayak is moving
  • Capsize Drill
  • An ability to assist in an Assisted X Rescue and/or an H Rescue
  • Fundamentals of River Safety & Rescue

What we supply:

  • Kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid, helmet, spray-deck (and all the instruction to get you paddling!)

What you need to bring:

  • Wetsuit (or old tracksuit–top and bottom, T-shirt or rash vest), Adequate footwear, Windcheater, Towel, Change of Clothes


  • You must be able to swim 10 meters and be 14 years of age or older

Course Numbers:

  • Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 12 persons

Further Details:

  • If you need to speak to someone in our club, you can call Mark on 085 1124255

Laois Kayak and Canoe Club is a member of Canoeing Ireland. All our courses are operated as per Canoeing Ireland's training structures and safety guidelines. This course is of an introductory level and operates under the guidance of qualified Canoeing Ireland Instructors on grade 1 water.

Once beginners have reach a level of competence, they are welcome to become club members and take part in club activities including participation in further training, river trips, national competitions and events.

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