Ireland is a world class location for sea kayaking and has a wide a varied coastline with endless opportunities to participate from easy sheltered to paddling to some of the most challenging environments.


Many of canoeing Irelands clubs either have sea kayaking members or some are Sea kayaking specific to take advantage of the coastline. Many of them are listed on our clubs section of the website. There is also the Irish Sea Kayaking Association, ISKA for short. They are an independent group of paddlers from every corner of the country, with over 200 members at every level and experience. Organised entirely on a voluntary basis, if you are interested in joining like minded paddlers to explore our magnificent coastline and islands, you can visit their website for more information – Regular meets are arranged throughout the year around the coast and offshore islands.

Type of Boat

Sit in kayaks are the general form of boat used. Sea kayaks are built to navigate both calm and rough seas as quickly as possible. They come in both composite and plastic materials. Composite boats generally favour more experienced paddlers looking for greater speed and manoeuvrability. Plastic sea kayaks are heavier and more forgiving to paddle. Both kinds feature storage hatches to bring along safety equipment and other necessary equipment.