Explore - Kayak Touring course

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Explore the Lough Derg Canoe trail and learn how you plan your own kayaking advenures.  The Explore course is aimed at people who have a little kayaking experience and are looking to venture further and explore new areas.  The course content inludes key skills to get you moving efficeintly and smoothly and also includes key safety tips, we have also incorporated some useful kayak touring tricks such as how to start a fire and how to erect a shelter.  The first day of the course will be based in Killaloe and the second day will be in a different location on Lough derg, location choice may vary subject to weather conditons.  

The Mill Yard (Between the Waters) - Killaloe, Clare, Ireland

Course starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm each day.  The course is journey based so you will need to bring a packed lunch and snack as we dine al fresco on the river bank or lake shore.

The course will cover the following skills and topics:

• Intro to Canoe Trail

• Basic Safety – Golden rules

• Forward stoke

• Reverse stroke

• Stopping

• Turning/Steering strokes

• Bracing strokes

• Draw Stroke

• Spraydecks

• Rescue Skills

• Trip planning

• Navigating the canoe trail

• Trip Equipment (Stove & Tarp)

• Emergency procedure

• Advice for choosing/buying a boat & Eqipment


You will need to bring the following:

  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Suncream Sunglasses/Sun hat
  • Warm Hat/Gloves (For the rare occasion when the sun is not shining)
  • Camera
  • Balance of Payment (If required)
  • Packed Lunch & a drink
  • Kayak & Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid (lifejacket)
  • Waterproof top & trousers
  • Hot Drinks
  • Qualified Guide & Tuition
  • Insurance

Accommodation is not included in this course but if you are visiting and need somewhere to stay there are lots of great options, check out the links below for more info.

Discover Killaloe website

The Lakeside Hotel

The Killaloe Hotel

Annacarriga Estate (Self catering)

Lakeside holiday homes (Self catering)

Air bnb in Killaloe

East Clare Hostel



Full payment is refundable when cancelled with more than 48 hours notice. Reply contact must be made with us to be considered cancelled. Full payment is non refundable when cancelled with 48 hours, or less, notice.

It is very unlikely that you will end up in the water as our kayaks are very stable and designed to keep you safe and dry. This is an adventure sport though and the chance although small does still exist, therefore please bring spare shoes and clothes in case you take an unexpected dip!

We also recommend you do not carry any valuables such as phones which could be damaged if wet, if you choose to carry them, you do so at your own risk.

We will provide waterproof storage for car keys.

The Mill Yard (Between the Waters)
Killaloe, Clare, Ireland
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