Welcome to our new canoeing blog packed full of exciting and informative canoeing stories. This blog will be a one stop shop for anybody interested in canoeing. Industry experts will be guest blogging on the best ways to get involved in canoeing plus giving their own advice into the best places in Northern Ireland using our unique canoe trails. Meanwhile CanoeNI.com staff will be keeping you posted on all the events and competitions both serious and not so serious!
For your definitive guide to canoeing in Northern Ireland visit www. canoeni.com
Posted on March 30, 2017 @ 12:06 PM in
Make a splash this may and 'Have a Go' at a range of watersports for as little as £10 or less over the Get Wet weekend on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May 2017.
Over 20 watersports clubs based all over Northern Ireland will be hosting the taster events to local people with no previous experience necessary. With activities including canoeing, sailing, waterskiing & wakeboarding, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving, there has never been a better time to get on the water and get wet!
With so many fantastic events to choose from we have handpicked a few to help you get started!
£10pp, Meteor Water Ski Club, Lough Henney, Co. Down, Sun 7th May
Experience the thrill of waterskiing/ wakeboarding on a beautiful lake, as you learn from expert coacges the tips and tricks needed to confidently get up on the water.
FREE, Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club, Killyleagh, Co. Down, Sat 6th May
Challenge yourself to do something new this Spring and have a go rowing a Skiff with Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club. Get fit, enjoy the scenery and have fun at this taster session.
£10pp, C3 Paddlers, Portadown Boat Club, Co. Armagh, Sun 7th May
Make the most of the great outdoors with this brilliant combination of canoeing and bushcraft. Gain a better understanding of nature's resources and how to use them with a paddle on a local waterway.
£30 per team, Row The Erne, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 6th May
A fun Curragh Boat Race for any organisation/ group who would like to enter a team of 9 people. Come and have a go at coastal rowing with a competitive spirit!
£2pp, City of Derry Boating Club, River Foyle, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Sat 6th & Sun 7th May
Enjoy an introductory rowing session on the River Foyle. Combining a mixture of indoor and outdoor skills sessions to develop posture, grip and boat handling skills so you can confidently row down river.
FREE, Omagh Anglers Association, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, Sat 6th May
Have a go at flyfishing for trout on the River Strule. This fun intro session for women is a fantastic way to learn the basics.
£5pp, Lagan Scullers, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Sat 6th May
Feel the sleek boat glide through the water underneath you, and enjoy being part of a team learning new skills. See Belfast from the river!
£5pp, Erne Paddlers, Castle Island Canoe Centre, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 6th May
You don't have to travel thousands of miles to try the most popular watersport in Hawaii. Learn to Stand up paddle board (SUP) taking in the beautiful scenery around Lough Erne.
With too many to mention make sure to visit GetWetNI.com for a full list of the events on offer in your local area.
These taster events are being offered as part of a wider campaign called Get Wet NI. This campaign is an ideal way for those with no background in watersports to learn the basics under the watchful eye of qualified instructors. The weekend of taster events will be closely by a series of training programmes for those looking to continue in their chosen sport. Visit GetWetNI.com or follow the Facebook Page so you don't miss out.
Posted on July 28, 2016 @ 1:09 PM in
Watersports in NI: For Everyone, With Anyone!
Watersports in Northern Ireland are often one of those ‘hidden gems’ that people often don’t realise how enjoyable they can be - until they’re actually in the water – or how they go about participating in one. Well, FlowNI is a great initiative to get you trying them out! With lots of clubs throughout Northern Ireland welcoming new people along and offering beginners courses, many at a reduced cost and some completely free, it’s the perfect time to see just what watersports there are near you! Below we’ve listed some of the activities on offer and who you can do them with.
1) Salty Friday’s at Quoile Yacht Club, Every Friday until 16th Sept, Downpatrick – Try it out with: The kids
Everyone jokes about owning a yacht; so why not see what all the fuss is about? This day is intended mostly for kids between the ages of 6 and 16 but adults are more than welcome as well and will be fitted out with their own keelboat.
2) Family Canoe Trips, Saturday 30th July, 6th, 13th & 20th Aug, Portadown – Try it out with: The whole family
The picture below sums up why heading to try out one of the Family Canoe trips can be the perfect day out. Peaceful but exciting; scenic but energetic. These canoe trips will take you along parts of the countryside not normally accessible, and are something that everyone will enjoy; young and old. To make it that little bit better, it’s incredibly cheap at only £5.00 per person.
3) Get Going – Come Rowing, Wednesday 3rd August, 10th, 17th & 24th Aug, Enniskillen – Try it out with: Your friends
Definitely up there with some of the most popular watersports, and it’s easy to understand why. This is the perfect chance to bring a group of friends together and try out rowing on a 10 Man Bronze age curach. Not only is it a remarkably cheap evening of guaranteed entertainment at only £5.00 per person, you’ll become proficient in new skills like handling the ropes and coming into jetties – and all while basking in the natural beauty of Fermanagh coming up to sunset.
4) Learn to Windsurf, Sunday 7th & 21st August, Craigavon Watersports Centre - Try it out with: Your friends
Windsurfing cannot be recommended enough. This course, which lasts just a few hours, will teach you everything you need to know about windsurfing. From the simple stuff of balancing on the board, to eventually sailing yourself up and around the harbour. Head along with a group of friends and enjoy laughing at each other’s attempts, before embracing the thrill of picking up a good pace and showing off.
5) Womens Only Fly Fishing Course Sunday 14th August, & 3rd Sept, Ballyclare - Try it out with: The girls
Our final suggestion is for the girls only. This is an all-day event intended to give a group the skills to be able to go out when they want and organise their own day of fishing. Whether it’s for a friend’s birthday, a notion to try something new or with the hope of eventually joining the International Ladies Fly Fishing Team (who will be hosting the day), we know you’ll enjoy this ‘something different’ watersport.
There are lots of other training events listed on the FlowNI website for you to try including events in canoeing, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving and with no previous experience necessary there has never been a better time to get wet!
Posted on April 28, 2016 @ 12:21 PM in
Over 20 watersport clubs are opening up their doors and offering local people the opportunity to take part in a range of taster events as part of a new initiative called Flow.
Over the weekend of 14th & 15th May participants will be able to try their hand at canoeing, sailing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kite surfing, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving for as little as £10 or less!
To give you a flavour of what’s happening over the weekend we’ve selected some of our favourite events!
Give Rowing a Try - £2pp
City of Derry Boating Club, Londonderry, 14th & 15th May
Enjoy an introductory rowing session on the River Foyle and be part of a crew learning new skills.
Juniors Try Canoe Polo - £3pp
Belfast Kayak Academy, Belfast, 14th May
Have a go in a kayak on the water and play a game of canoe polo. This will be a fun intro session into a great sport at a state of the art canoe polo facility in Belfast.
Team Selection Trial for Skiffie World Championships - £3pp
Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club, Dundrum, 14th & 15th May
Once in a lifetime opportunity for beginners to compete for a place in the selection squad going to the Skiffie World Championships on home waters on Strangford Lough from 25th – 30th July.
Try Sailing or Kayaking – FREE
County Antrim Yacht Club, Whitehead, 14th May
County Antrim Yacht Club are holding an afternoon of taster sessions from 1.30pm - 5pm for beginners to have a go!
Try Rowing with Lagan Scullers Club - £5pp
Lagan Scullers Club, Belfast, 14th & 15th May
See Belfast from the river and feel the sleek boat glide through the water underneath you as you learn to row.
This is just a taster of what will take place during the weekend of 14th & 15th May. For information on how to book and to see what other events and activities that are taking place visit FlowNI.com
Posted on April 14, 2016 @ 12:54 PM in
Over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May there will be over 20 watersport clubs based all over Northern Ireland offering local people an opportunity to ‘Have a Go’ in a range of watersports for as little as £10 or less!
With no previous experience necessary and taster events in canoeing, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving there has never been a better time to get on the water and get wet!
Here are just a few of the thrilling activities you could be experiencing:
'Push the Boat Out' Sailing Taster - FREE
Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club, Cushendall, 14th May
Sailing has everything, from being a sociable relaxing experience to a high adrenaline, high action sport. Experience the adrenaline buzz of skimming across the water in a small dinghy or be part of a team in a larger keelboat. Come and ‘have a go’ at Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club for free!
Learn to Paddle your own Canoe - £3pp
Broighter Paddlers Canoe Club, Strathfoyle, 14th May
Learn the fundamentals of how to paddle a canoe and then give the rapidly growing team sport of canoe polo a go in this fun introductory session. A women’s only session is also available from 3pm - 4.30pm, subject to demand.
Discover Kitesurfing on the Beach - £10pp
Irish Kite Surfing Association, Tyrella Beach, 14th & 15th May
Let’s go fly a kite on an introductory session led by qualified kite surfing instructors on dry land. This event will take place on Tyrella Beach and is designed to elevate you into kite surfing! On the day you will be taken through a range of skills and techniques to get you launching your own kite.
Introduction to Fly Fishing for Women – FREE
Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association, Ballyclare, 14th May
Angling is a male dominated sport but this all-day taster event will give women the chance to find out what it's all about. Taking place at Straid Fishery which is a 20 acre lake, participants will benefit from the presence of some of the 2016 International Ladies Fly Fishing Team being on hand to guide participants.
Row the Lagan – £5pp
Lagan Currachs, Belfast, 14th & 15th May
Enjoy a leisurely row on a traditional wooden boat on the River Lagan finished off with a visit to 'T13' in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where you will get a guided tour of the build of a 33ft 10 man currach rowing boat.
Learn to Waterski/Wakeboard with the Experts - £10pp
Meteor Water Ski Club, The Temple, 14th & 15th May
Have a go and experience this exhilarating water sport with encouraging instruction given at all times to ensure success.
Stand Up Paddling Taster for Beginners - £5pp
Erne Paddlers, Enniskillen, 14th & 15th May
Take in the scenery around Lough Erne as you try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding with Erne Paddlers. This is a fast growing paddle sport providing a great fun core work out with the possibility of getting wet!
These taster events are being offered as part of a wider campaign called ‘Flow – Get into Watersports’. This campaign is an ideal way for those with no background in watersports to learn the basics under the watchful eye of qualified instructors through taking part in one of the many taster events. These taster events will be followed closely by a series of training programmes for those looking to continue in their chosen sport.
With too many to mention make sure to visit FlowNI.com for a full list of the events on offer in your local area.
Posted on November 26, 2015 @ 4:06 PM in
Northern Ireland was the first country in Europe to develop official canoe trails. CanoeNI.com has been delighted with the success of these trails as not only have they won awards – most importantly they have attracted people from all over the world.
Each trail has its own section on CanoeNI.com with trail guides, camping details, accommodation, canoe hire etc.
But how do you make Northern Ireland your ultimate canoeing experience?
How you venture out onto the canoe trails obviously depends on your canoeing ability but don’t worry there are plenty of options:
Learn from the best…
If you are interested in getting out and enjoying the canoe trails but don’t know one end of a canoe from the other then why not take some lessons. Northern Ireland has a great range of canoeing providers who can teach you all the necessary skills so you can make the most of future canoeing adventures. Even if you want to just have a go before embarking on a course then why not check out our calendar of canoeing events which can give you that perfect introduction.
Follow the leader…
If you don’t have the time for lessons or you’re just mad keen to get out there then why not sign up for a guided trip. This option allows you to combine the local knowledge and safety provided by a qualified guide. These trips can be booked by individuals joining together as a group or why not get your friends or family together. Quite often these trips involve a night camping under the stars. Check out our range of guided trips.
Just add water…
Maybe you already know how to canoe but don’t want the hassle of organising the trip. Then contact a canoeing provider who can arrange an itinerary, rent equipment, drop off and collection. All you have to do is turn up and start your adventure. The majority of providers will ask for a minimum British Canoe Union Three Star Award (or equivalent) for the craft you wish to hire. Alternatively many will carry out a short pre-hire practical test.
Go it alone…
If you’ve got the knowledge and the gear then CanoeNI.com will provide all the information you need to plan your trip. Each trail also has its own waterproof guide which can be ordered free online.
With so many options available why not explore one of our canoe trails this year. Each canoe trail is unique and will allow you explore a different part of Northern Ireland’s spectacular countryside.