If you don’t have any prior experience of kayaking (i.e. if you don’t have a ‘Level 2’ qualification or higher) you can attend one of our beginner courses. We will bring you up to a ‘Level 2’ standard, where you can paddle safely in a group. Contact us or keep an eye on our Facebook page for information on any upcoming beginner courses. They usually run in late spring, with a second course possible (depending on demand) in summer.
So you’ve signed up to beginner sessions…. now what?
These will be run usually over 5-6 weeks, and will assume you have never been in a kayak before. They aim to teach you the basics and get you up to safe standard so you should be able to obtain a level 2 certificate afterwards. They are usually run at Meelick Quay (and possibly Banagher) and sessions last for approx 2 hours each. The cost of the beginner sessions is currently €70 for the 5 week course, including the use of kayaking equipment and assessment for a ‘Level 2’ certificate at the end of the course.
To give you an idea of what happens on our beginner sessions, here are a few videos of some recent ones:
What do I need to bring to sessions?
If you are coming to either beginner sessions or regular club peer sessions, you will need to bring the following:
- Old footwear (wetsuit booties are best)
- Wetsuit (if you have one) – if you don’t have a wetsuit, then a warm fleece (polyester) top and shorts are ok – cotton clothes are not suitable
- If you have any other kayaking gear, bring it!
What happens once you get your ‘Level 2’ certificate (i.e. after the beginner courses)?
Once you have your Level 2 certificate, you have the option of joining Meelick-Eyrecourt kayak Club. This means that you have the use of club equipment for the year, and can partake in club activities. For more information see the ‘Experienced Paddlers’ page.