In a very positive move for casual paddlers Canoeing Ireland has launched a new website with a wealth of useful information for everyone from first time or occasional paddlers to enthusiasts who are trying a new craft or looking for new challenges.

With an emphasis on water safety, the site offers easy to follow guidelines on the basic requirements for safe paddling. Our recognised activity providers and watersport retailers are listed with contact details for ease of access.

The extraordinary growth in popularity of paddlesports from stand up paddleboards to sit on top kayaks along with the more traditional craft is a good news story. The information on safety and basic equipment required for safe paddling on the new site will make sure that everyone returns home safely at the end of a fun filled day.

Our 7 Water Safety Essentials

  • Be Able to Swim
  • Always wear a Buoyancy aid
  • Never Paddle Alone
  • Have a method of calling for help
  • Let someone know where you are going
  • Check the weather and water conditions
  • Get some training or join a club
  • It is important to consider the essentials before you take to the water.

Pick up our safety flyer from retailers nationwide and use the QR code to bring you straight to the new site. Launch

Present at the recent launch of the new website were Sport Ireland director of participation & ethics Dr Una May, Canoeing Ireland chief executive officer Moira Aston, Canoeing Ireland president Brian Ogilvie, and RNLI water safety delivery support officer Lisa Hollingum. The new safety campaign is also being supported by Water Safety Ireland.