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Learn to Kayak on the River Shannon with Get West

Learn to Kayak on the River Shannon with Get West

By ilovelimerick correspondent Frances Watkins 

Following on from the huge success of their Learn to Kayak courses that have already taken place this Summer, Get West will begin their next course on August 2nd. The course will run from 6:30 to 9:00 pm for five consecutive Wednesday evenings from Limerick Boat Club on Sarsfield Bridge.

Beginners are welcome with the course being open to both adults and teenagers. You will need to be able to swim to take part in the course. The Learn to Kayak course will give the training required to kayak safely and competently on flat water Grade 2 rivers, as a member of a group being led, and to assist in basic rescues.

At the end of the course, participants on the Learn to Kayak course will have the option of applying for a Euro Paddle Pass Certificate. This is an intentionally recognised qualification and is subject to extra costs.

The cost for 5 sessions is €120. You will need to bring swimming togs or shorts, a towel and an old pair of runners that you can wear in the kayak. Wetsuits will be provided at the sessions.

Paul Austin Managing Director of Get West encourages everyone to get involved “The course is suitable for everyone, you don’t need to have experience to come along. You don’t have to be fit, thin, young. It really is for everyone. Those factors can be the biggest barriers at times for people to get involved in activities like this. People think they’re too old, too fat, too unfit but they are myths that we try and dispel. It’s great to see people getting on the water who haven’t experienced kayaking before, the most rewarding part for us is seeing anyone and everyone out on the water”.

What’s included:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Helmet
  • Wetsuit
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Supervision
  • Instruction

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