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Get Wet This Weekend

Posted on June 9, 2021 @ 3:37 PM in AdventureCanoeingBeaches

As everything is finally getting back to normal, it is time for you to get out and experience something new! This weekend is the perfect time to GetWet, and with a range of events taking place, there is something for everybody! The GetWet campaign encourages everyone, no matter how much experience to come out and dip their toe into the water (sports).

 

ST. AYLES SKIFF ROWING FOR BEGINNERS

The St. Ayles skiff rowing for beginners is the perfect taster for you to get into rowing. Held at Killyleagh Harbour, catering for two age ranges over two days, we can guarantee you will find your new love for water sports.

 

The open day will last one hour and will consist of basic land-based training to get you prepared for the water. You will then finally get out on the water and give it a go for real. The session will then conclude with a recap of everything you learned on the day. It doesn’t stop there, as they encourage you to come back and train with them for Skiffs on the Lake, Skiffie Strangford and or for Skiffie Worlds which takes place in June 2022 in the Netherlands.

 

The St. Ayles skiff rowing for beginners takes place on Saturday 12th June between 1.30pm to 5.30pm for those 26 years and older. Sunday 13th June between 2pm and 6pm caters for those aged 11 to 26 years old. Check out our website for more information, or PM Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club on Facebook to book!

 

YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN TRY SAILING

On Saturday 12th June, Lisnaskea Boat Club is hosting an introduction to sailing session for all young people and children. The day will consist of a 90 minute introduction to sailing, from learning how to rig in preparation for launch, to steering a sailing boat out on a course on the water. Do not worry, as a qualified instructor will be with you along the way, as well as a safety boat if you happen to get into any difficulty. You will also be kitted out with a wet suit and a buoyancy aid. This introduction is the perfect way to get into sailing, especially from a young age!

 

The event will take place on Saturday 12th June, with sessions from 2pm to 3.30pm, and 5.30pm to 7pm. For more information check out our website, or to book contact waveridesireland@gmail.com or call Hugh on 00447894076574 or 00353838201664.

 

 

SCULLING FOR WATER ENTHUSIASTS

Lagan Scullers Club is hosting a sculling event on Sunday 13th June. The event is the perfect way to try your hand at sculling and see Belfast from a different angle by sailing down the Lagan. Firstly, you will practice on the rowing machine to understand the parts of the rowing movement for 30 mins. You will then be entrusted to control the boat by yourself out on the water for 50 mins, however the instructor will be nearby to keep you right. Sculling is a very intense sport, with swimming ability and water confidence required. Once you get the hand of things you’ll be for the Olympics in no time!

 

The event is for anyone over the age of 12 years of age and is suitable for families. However, places are limited so if you don’t get booked for this weekend, there are other dates in June available! To find out more information visit our website or contact lscullers@hotmail.com to arrange your session!

 

 

ST. AYLES SKIFF COASTAL ROWING FOR 16 TO 60+ YEAR OLDS. 

Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club are hosting a coastal skiff rowing event. The day will consist of an hour taster session on Dundrum Inner Bay. This is the perfect opportunity to try out coastal skiff rowing, starting with the basics. You will be guided by experienced rowers and coxswains. With all equipment provided, you are encouraged to come and experience the world of skiff rowing, as well as enjoy the beautiful coastal views.

 

To find out more information check out or website, or to book your spot, contact wgkendall51@gmail.com . Another session will be held in late June if you are unable to get this weekend!

For future Get Wet Events, check out www.getwetni.com

 

Kerry Kirkpatrick
Kerry Kirkpatrick  Assistant Marketing and Events Officer

A true North Coast water baby, happiest when on the beach.

Get Ready to Get Wet in 2021!

Posted on May 20, 2021 @ 4:50 PM in AdventureCanoeingBeachesLocal Outdoors

Get Wet NI

 

The average person would have jumped at any opportunity to get outdoors in a fun setting this time last year, let alone doing it with other people and the ability to learn a new skill! Covid-19 has fundamentally shifted our relationship with the outdoors and created a new appreciation for the ability to do things, to enjoy ourselves and savour life.

It is the perfect time then, to GetWet – a campaign intended to introduce people to watersports in a fun and educational way. GetWetNI kicks off from the end of May with a series of free or much reduced cost taster events throughout Northern Ireland, and will run throughout the remainder of the summer. Below, we’ve listed just a few of the ones we think you might be interested in! But feel free to check them all out on our website, GetWetNI.com.

Girls in Angling

Camowen Community Anglers are running a free session on angling at Altmore Fishery in Co. Tyrone on Sunday 30th May.

 

All equipment is provided for you on the day, you just need to bring your own wellies and waterproof gear. Better still, the organisers are running a competition and have prizes to be won throughout the day! If you’re interested in attending, it runs between 11am and 3pm; just drop them an email to camowenanglers@gmail.com

Quoile Yacht Club Taster Events

The Quoile Yacht Club in Downpatrick are running multiple taster events that include dinghy sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing, and cruising. If this doesn’t get you excited, we’re not sure what will! The day is suitable for anyone from the age of 8 up (with under 16s requiring a parent or guardian to be present), and will be lead by qualified instructors.

Again, this event is completely free so you’ll never have a better opportunity to experience these incredible watersports than this. Sessions run between 11am and 12:30pm, 12:30pm and 2pm and 2pm and 3:30pm, and you’ll be able to speak to members and officers of the club throughout the day as well.

To get involved in the day, simply email info@quoileyachtclub.com and indicate your preferred session time, how many people are in your party and if any are under 18 and provide a contact mobile number for yourself.

 

Sculling for Water Enthusiasts

Lagan Scullers Club are offering the chance to try your hand (both hands actually, and your arms… also your legs) at rowing in the Lagan, again providing an amazing opportunity to both develop a new skill, get some good exercise in and also see Belfast from a completely different perspective.

A little bit of ‘water confidence’ is needed for this course as, to reduce physical proximity, you’ll be in a single boat, with a coach in another boat just alongside you to keep you right.

The sessions themselves are limited to only 4 places per day so the spots will book up fast. With only four places, it means you’ll be receiving a significant amount of training over the two hours (one of which you’ll spend in the water, the other out of the water). You’ll get to see the variety of boats on offer, try the rowing machine, learn the different rowing movements and then – how to control your boat on the water! These sessions are £10 and will run every Sunday throughout June. To book, email lscullers@hotmail.com

 

Try Kayak Racing

Belfast Canoe Club are the only club in Northern Ireland currently offering tuition in the Olympic discipline of kayak racing. Running on Sunday 6th June and Wednesday 9th June, it’s a fast moving, exciting and energetic sport that the people who do it live for. You’ll not be tackling any rapids in this session though, don’t worry. Instead, you’ll be on the placid water of Lough Henney, outside Lisburn which is uniquely suitable for this sport.

During the session, you’ll learn the difference between kayaks and paddles used for racing and ‘normal’ kayaks; the principles of paddling fast as well as then an hour’s coaching on the water.

The training is open to everyone, but the club have advised that their equipment is generally not suitable for children under the age of 10. A maximum of 8 people can attend per session and competent paddlers and those interested in getting involved in racing will have the opportunity to join the club.

To book on, email belfastcanoeclub@gmail.com with your choice of date.

 

Re-Discover Watersports at Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club

This is another extravaganza of different water sports discipline and absolutely not to be missed out on. CSBC are welcoming people to come along to try out sailing, standup paddleboarding, canoeing and sea swimming, all under the eye of qualified instructors and with all equipment supplied. The sessions will run across two days, on Friday 18th June and Saturday 19th June, between 6pm and 8pm both evenings and between 1pm and 3pm on the Saturday afternoon.

In addition to the fantastic watersports opportunities, there will also be a BBQ with firepits on the club patio on both evenings, and the clubhouse bar will be open.

If you’d like to book on, you can do it via the clubs website. Visit www.csbc.co.uk now! 

For more events, head to www.getwetni.com/events 

Kerry Kirkpatrick
Kerry Kirkpatrick  Assistant Marketing and Events Officer

A true North Coast water baby, happiest when on the beach.

Watersports Clubs open their doors for Flow

Posted on April 28, 2016 @ 12:21 PM in AdventureCanoeingBeachesLocal Outdoors

Over 20 watersport clubs are opening up their doors and offering local people the opportunity to take part in a range of taster events as part of a new initiative called Flow.

Over the weekend of 14th & 15th May participants will be able to try their hand at canoeing, sailing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kite surfing, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving for as little as £10 or less!

To give you a flavour of what’s happening over the weekend we’ve selected some of our favourite events!

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Give Rowing a Try - £2pp
City of Derry Boating Club, Londonderry, 14th & 15th May

Enjoy an introductory rowing session on the River Foyle and be part of a crew learning new skills.

Juniors Try Canoe Polo - £3pp
Belfast Kayak Academy, Belfast, 14th May

Have a go in a kayak on the water and play a game of canoe polo. This will be a fun intro session into a great sport at a state of the art canoe polo facility in Belfast.

Team Selection Trial for Skiffie World Championships - £3pp
Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club, Dundrum, 14th & 15th May

Once in a lifetime opportunity for beginners to compete for a place in the selection squad going to the Skiffie World Championships on home waters on Strangford Lough from 25th – 30th July.

Try Sailing or Kayaking – FREE
County Antrim Yacht Club, Whitehead, 14th May

County Antrim Yacht Club are holding an afternoon of taster sessions from 1.30pm - 5pm for beginners to have a go!

Try Rowing with Lagan Scullers Club - £5pp
Lagan Scullers Club, Belfast, 14th & 15th May

See Belfast from the river and feel the sleek boat glide through the water underneath you as you learn to row.

This is just a taster of what will take place during the weekend of 14th & 15th May. For information on how to book and to see what other events and activities that are taking place visit FlowNI.com

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Beverley Magowan
Beverley Magowan  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

Must Try Watersports for £10 or Less!

Posted on April 14, 2016 @ 12:54 PM in AdventureCanoeingBeachesLocal Outdoors

Over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May there will be over 20 watersport clubs based all over Northern Ireland offering local people an opportunity to ‘Have a Go’ in a range of watersports for as little as £10 or less!

With no previous experience necessary and taster events in canoeing, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving there has never been a better time to get on the water and get wet!

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Here are just a few of the thrilling activities you could be experiencing:

'Push the Boat Out' Sailing Taster - FREE
Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club, Cushendall, 14th May
Sailing has everything, from being a sociable relaxing experience to a high adrenaline, high action sport. Experience the adrenaline buzz of skimming across the water in a small dinghy or be part of a team in a larger keelboat. Come and ‘have a go’ at Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club for free!

Learn to Paddle your own Canoe - £3pp
Broighter Paddlers Canoe Club, Strathfoyle, 14th May
Learn the fundamentals of how to paddle a canoe and then give the rapidly growing team sport of canoe polo a go in this fun introductory session. A women’s only session is also available from 3pm - 4.30pm, subject to demand.

Discover Kitesurfing on the Beach - £10pp
Irish Kite Surfing Association, Tyrella Beach, 14th & 15th May
Let’s go fly a kite on an introductory session led by qualified kite surfing instructors on dry land. This event will take place on Tyrella Beach and is designed to elevate you into kite surfing! On the day you will be taken through a range of skills and techniques to get you launching your own kite.

Introduction to Fly Fishing for Women – FREE
Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association, Ballyclare, 14th May
Angling is a male dominated sport but this all-day taster event will give women the chance to find out what it's all about. Taking place at Straid Fishery which is a 20 acre lake, participants will benefit from the presence of some of the 2016 International Ladies Fly Fishing Team being on hand to guide participants.

Row the Lagan – £5pp
Lagan Currachs, Belfast, 14th & 15th May
Enjoy a leisurely row on a traditional wooden boat on the River Lagan finished off with a visit to 'T13' in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where you will get a guided tour of the build of a 33ft 10 man currach rowing boat.

Learn to Waterski/Wakeboard with the Experts - £10pp
Meteor Water Ski Club, The Temple, 14th & 15th May
Have a go and experience this exhilarating water sport with encouraging instruction given at all times to ensure success.

Stand Up Paddling Taster for Beginners - £5pp
Erne Paddlers, Enniskillen, 14th & 15th May
Take in the scenery around Lough Erne as you try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding with Erne Paddlers. This is a fast growing paddle sport providing a great fun core work out with the possibility of getting wet!

These taster events are being offered as part of a wider campaign called ‘Flow – Get into Watersports’. This campaign is an ideal way for those with no background in watersports to learn the basics under the watchful eye of qualified instructors through taking part in one of the many taster events. These taster events will be followed closely by a series of training programmes for those looking to continue in their chosen sport.

With too many to mention make sure to visit FlowNI.com for a full list of the events on offer in your local area.

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Beverley Magowan
Beverley Magowan  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

M&S beach initiative a ‘clean’ success

Posted on May 7, 2014 @ 12:21 PM in Beaches

Sarah Monaghan, on behalf of M&S, rounds up their Big Beach Clean Up which took place over 4 days on beaches across Northern Ireland...

The results are in….. (Drum roll please)

The grand total of rubbish collected at the 2014 M&S Big Beach Clean-ups in Northern Ireland is:

789 kgs!

Yes, almost a whopping 800 kilos of litter were collected over 4 days at the beach cleans at Loughshore in Jordanstown, Portstewart Strand, Ballyholme in Bangor and Warrenpoint beach.

Almost 300 people joined forces to rid the beaches of waste which, amongst general rubbish such as wrappers and tin cans, this year included a car mat, a For Sale sign, a Christmas bauble, a bullet case, a car headlight and underpants!

Who would have thought!

The four beach cleans, which took place between 24- 27 April, were part of a nationwide campaign tackling litter on 95 UK beaches and 45 canals. The initiative is in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society and the Canal & River Trust, and there have been some fantastic reports from right across the UK.

The highlight in NI was the clean-up in Jordanstown which saw over 100 people take part.  The volunteers were treated to an M&S BBQ and entertainment from the Cool FM ‘bus’.

The fact that the sun was shining was an added bonus!

Thanks to all who helped out!

Beverley Magowan
Beverley Magowan  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

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