Beginner Courses

Sligo Kayak Club typically runs 2-3 beginner courses each summer starting in mid-late May.  The courses are run by a Canoeing Ireland qualified instructor and are aimed at those who are new to kayaking and will give you the skills required to paddde on flatwater safely.

We follow the Canoeing Ireland skills curriculum and following the course, after you have had some time to practice, conduct an assessment for the Level 2 skills award.


Courses are typically run over weekends.  Each course is approximately 13-15 hours.

  1. Weekend Course: Friday 6pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

The course fees are listed on our membership fees page.


All beginners must have a basic ability to swim (25m with a buoyancy aid) and be over 12 years of age.  A wetsuit is highly recommended but not absolutely required.  All other equipment required will be provided by Sligo Kayak Club and is included in the course fee.  For weekend courses it is recommended to bring lunch/refreshments on the Saturday & Sunday.

How to book

If interested keep an eye on our Facebook page for details of the next course.  Detail on how to book will be included with the advertisements.