Kayaking in Kerry

 Cappanalea is  not offering these courses until a later date.

Cappanalea NCOET is surrounded by some of the best white-water and flat-water paddling in all of Ireland. With the beautiful lakes of Killarney nearby and the exciting Glencar rivers almost outside our back door, Kayaking in Kerry has a challenge for everyone. The qualified instructors are renowned paddlers and some are members of the National Training and Assessment panels for Kayaking in Ireland.


Start your paddlesport journey by making a splash at Cappanalea NCOET. You can choose between three disciplines Kayaking, Canoeing & Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). You can begin at Cappanalea on the gentle flat lake and progress onto the neighbouring Caragh Lake or perhaps even on the beautiful Lakes of Killarney, which can be facilitated by prior arrangement. You will soon be travelling along our lakes and getting to see them from a new perspective. Activities are offered for either a full or half day.    
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Leave the mainland behind and paddle west in the direction of islands rich in history and culture, visiting locations steeped in archaeology and marine wildlife. From where the ancient monks settled on the Skellig Rock, to old monastic ruins on Church Island, drift over to St Finians Bay, or head to the Blasket Islands soaked in history, tradition, wildlife and stories; the Atlantic is your oyster!

Indulge yourself in the best Gourmet food on your travels but most importantly stop, breathe the salt air and relax. This is an opportunity for you to engage with the Wild Atlantic Way in Kerry.

Trips tailored to match competence. All offshore trips require Level 4 skills as a pre-requisite.

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Cappanalea NCOET is located within easy reach of the Wild Atlantic Way and operates from many access points to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. The Centre has a substantial fleet of sea-kayaks and has a number of qualified sea-kayaking instructors on staff.

These courses aim to cater for all standards of kayakers who already have the basic foundations. The tours start off at an introductory level in the more sheltered coastal waters. Intermediate kayakers can venture further afield visiting some of the inshore islands or along some of the coastal highways. Advanced sea-kayakers can join in on some of the more challenging trips visiting the offshore islands or more exposed coastlines.

All trips will take the paddlers to some of the more isolated and beautiful parts of the Kerry coastline. During your trip you will also learn some techniques to improve your sea-kayak skills and may get an opportunity to land on some of the off shore uninhabited islands.

Cappanalea NCOET also organise sea kayaking expeditions where participants visit and camp on some of the uninhabited offshore islands.  These expeditions are run over weekends or over more extended periods. Expeditions include the Kenmare River(Bay); Dingle Bay; The Maharees; The Skellig Rocks and the Blasket Islands.

For all Sea-Kayaking Day Activities there is minimum number of participants required.  Sea-kayaking Tours and Expeditions can be tailored to meet individual’s needs please contact us via the below option.

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Cappanalea NCOET runs kayaking/canoe tours on Caragh Lake for groups, (minimum of 6 people in group), either adults or children, or both.  kayaking killarney
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At Cappanalea NCOET we run a wide range of courses which allow our students to progress through the various National Governing Body – Canoeing Ireland certified kayaking skills proficiency levels within the sport. Our qualified instructors train and assess people up to and including Skills Level 4 as well as a number of Kayak Instructor Courses in accordance to the Canoeing Ireland syllabi. Assessments are run periodically throughout the year. For more information contact the office.kayak-training cappanalea
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Start Kayaking at Cappanalea on the gentle flat water of our neighbouring lake. Day courses on Caragh Lake or perhaps even on the beautiful Lakes of Killarney can be facilitated with prior agreement. Kayaking activities are offered for a full and half day.
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Once an individual has mastered the basic kayaking skills, Cappanalea NCOET provides the opportunity to move onto some more exciting water. The Wild Atlantic Way waves rolling in on Rossbeigh Strand provide an exciting dimension for kayak surfing in Kerry.Kayak Surf
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For the more experienced kayaker, Cappanalea provides opportunities for individuals to progress their kayaking skills from flat-water onto faster moving water and onto white-water rapids. An introduction to faster moving water is run on the River Laune from Killarney to Killorglin. Fast white-water rivers include the Flesk in Killarney; the Lower Caragh and the Upper Caragh and Owenroe River in Kerry.
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