Kayaking & Canoeing | Limerick, Ireland

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Kayaking and Canoeing in Limerick with Kilfinane Outdoor Education & Training Centre.

Groups & Individuals can learn to kayak on one of our introductory sessions which take place on the calm waters of Lough Gur, where we have changing rooms and boat storage facilities.


We also offer Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking courses which take place in Limerick on the Shannon at Castleconnell and the Mulcair River.

Our Instructors hold Canoeing Ireland qualifications and we have considerable experience in instructing, paddling and competing in paddle sports both in Ireland and abroad. We provide all specialist equipment ( kayaks, paddles, wetsuits, helmets and buoyancy aids) and have a large fleet of kayaks and canoes suitable for all waters.

Kayaking and Canoeing are very varied sports with something to offer for everyone from a wellness paddle on calm waters to a whitewater paddle on rapids and a range of competitive disciplines.

Kayaks are generally a one person craft, with the paddler seated, using a double bladed paddle. Kayaking has many disciplines to include flatwater, touring, whitewater, playboating, marathon and sprint racing, slalom, sea kayaking and polo.

Canoes are generally two person craft and the paddler kneels in the boat with a single bladed paddle. We use Canadian canoes, which are the most commonly known canoe. These boats are ideal for beginners, whitewater paddling and are an excellent craft for canoe camping.

Kayaking/ Canoeing Activities and Courses include:

  • Introductory Kayaking/ Canoeing – Half or full day sessions based at Lough Gur
  • Level 2 Kayak/ Canoe Skills – 3 Day Flatwater Skills Course
  • Introduction to Whitewater – 2 Day Skills Course
  • Level 3 Kayak/ Canoe Skills – 3 Day Introductory Whitewater Course
  • Instructor Courses – We provide Level 2 Kayak and Canoe Instructor training on demand

Kayak Clubs

Kilfinane OETC has close links with Limerick Kayak Club who are open to new members holding the Canoeing Ireland Level 2 skills award. Once you’ve completed initial training we recommend joining a club as the best way to progress your skills.