Beginners Kayaking Course for Adults with Level 2 Kayak Award Assessment &...

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A fun 4 evenings and 1 river trip of paddling and on-the-water instruction for adults who want to learn the basics of kayaking with qualified Canoeing Ireland instructors. This course includes:

  • Level 2 Kayak Award Training and Assessment

  • River Safety and Rescue 1 Course

  • Annual Membership of Laois Kayak & Canoe Club

  • Membership of Canoeing Ireland

The programme is part of Laois Kayak and Canoe Club's Summer Development Programme.


  • Tuesday 19th May 2020 (7pm to 9pm)

  • Tuesday 26th May 2020 (7pm to 9pm)

  • Tuesday 02nd June 2020 (7pm to 9pm)

  • Tuesday 09nd June 2020 (7pm to 9pm)

  • Sunday 14th June 2020 (10am to 2pm) (River Trip)

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 Forwardand 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

  • River rescue and safety techniques

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 (old runners), Windcheater, Towel, Change of Clothes


  • You must be able to swim 10 metres and be 18 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 join club activities as members including participation in further training, river trips, national competitions and events.

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