What should I bring to my first session?
We provide the kayaks and all the kayaking gear. However you will need:
Can my son/daughter join?
Unfortunately at the moment we are an over 18s club only.
When does the membership year run from/until?
All memberships run from January to January the following year, this is in line with the Canoeing Ireland membership year.
What Fitness level do I need to kayak with you?
Kayaking is an active sport and as such requires the individual to have a general level of fitness and be able to swim 25 metres.
I have a medical condition - is it ok to kayak with it?
Check with your doctor to confirm that any activity sports such as kayaking will not pose a risk to your medical condition
What type of club outings do you undertake?
Do you have pool sessions?
Yes! Pool sessions are in the Gleneagle Hotel swimming pool during the winter. The pool sessions provide the ability to practice your kayaking skills and techniques. All equipment is provided
Do you paddle throughout the year?
Kerry Canoe Club paddle throughout the year. Beginner courses run from April to September.
What kayaking qualifications can I work towards?
We follow the Canoe Ireland syllabus and initially beginners work towards Level 2 and Level 3 and River Safety Rescue L1 and L2
Do I have to get wet and swim?
Kayaking is a water sport and as such will inevitably result in you entering the water (either planned or unplanned!). All members need to be able to swim 25 metres.
What’s the duration and location of your beginners course?
Kerry Canoe Club is based in the Bianconi car park, Killorglin on the banks of the River Laune. Each beginners session lasts for 6 weeks and takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:30pm, April to September
What if I miss one of the beginners sessions?
Don't worry we will try get you caught up with anything you missed. When the course is over you can continue kayaking and learning with us - so there's plenty of opportunity to learn
Do I need my own kayak?
No. We can provide you with a kayak from our fleet.
It's getting cold - what clothing should I buy?
This will vary from person to person. There is a list below of items you might want to get. Start at the top and work your way down. We'd advise to not purchase anything before coming to a few sessions first and talking to other members.
As with most sports, you can spend a lot of money on extra kit, but the above will get you started. Members often have second hand gear for sale so ask about this too. There is also a good but slightly old guide here.