Welcome to our new canoeing blog packed full of exciting and informative canoeing stories. This blog will be a one stop shop for anybody interested in canoeing. Industry experts will be guest blogging on the best ways to get involved in canoeing plus giving their own advice into the best places in Northern Ireland using our unique canoe trails. Meanwhile CanoeNI.com staff will be keeping you posted on all the events and competitions both serious and not so serious!

For your definitive guide to canoeing in Northern Ireland visit www. canoeni.com

Get Into Watersports with Get Wet NI!

Posted on July 20, 2018 @ 11:05 AM in AdventureCanoeing

We’re well into the summer, but there are still loads of opportunities out there to try a new water sport and Get Wet! We've listed just a few we thought you might be interested in below.

Ladies Beginner Wakeboarding Lessons - 28th & 29th July

For only £10 per person, Cable and Wake will introduce you to the high adrenaline sport of wakeboarding. With one to one coaching, this girl’s only course will teach you to glide across the longest cable wakeboard run in Ireland.

Children's Water Ski Day - 28th July

Meteor Water Ski Club are running a Children's day for only £15. Guaranteed to get your little one's excitement levels through the roof as they sail across Lough Henney with experienced coaches.

Go Rowing with Lagan Currachs – 28th July

Lagan Currach’s open rowing has been incredibly popular. Suitable for adults and children aged 12+, you’ll get the opportunity to row a community built traditional currach with a crew of 12 down the river Lagan. They’ll provide you all the equipment (including tea and biscuits!) – all you need to do is turn up with some warm and waterproof clothing.

The Big Bann Canoe Challenge – 18th and 19th August

An annual tradition now, the Big Bann Canoe Challenge takes you through the ancient highway of the Lower Bann by canoe. Paddling from Portglenone to Drumaheglis across two days (with an overnight camping stop at Movanagher Lock) you’ll be guided by a team of qualified coaches. Available for all ages and abilities, provided you’re medically fit for the distance. Complete the challenge to earn the right to say “I’ve been Banned!”

Stand Up Paddleboarding Course – 18th August & 29th August

This popular course does what it says on the tin! The fast growing sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding provides great exercise and a brilliant chance to get out on the water and enjoy yourself. Games, yoga and paddling tips will all be included, but pre booking is essential as spaces are expected to go fast.

Inclusive Paddles – 26th July, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August

A welcoming, easy paddle for people of all abilities, including those with disabilities. The Erne Paddlers will guide you through the basics of canoeing and kayaking during these Thursday evening sessions, leaving from the Lakeland Forum Canoe Steps.

Women on Water Sailing Programme – 24th July, 31st July, 7th August, 14th August

Another great course for women only, Ballyholme Yacht Club’s 4 week course is intended for people without any sailing experience. Just come along, meet new people and learn a fantastic new skill. All your equipment will be provided and there’ll be an experienced sailor present at all times to show you what to do.

For a full listing of the events taking place as part of Get Wet NI, please visit GetWetNI.com.

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

Get Wet with a Watersports Club near You

Posted on June 5, 2018 @ 1:42 PM in AdventureCanoeing

GetWetNI has been a huge success already. People from all across Northern Ireland have been trying out water sports for the first time and developing a love they didn’t know was there. If you have missed any events so far, don’t worry! There are lots of exciting come and 'have a go' water sport sessions still happening over the next couple of weeks as part of Get Wet NI 2018.

With no experience necessary, all equipment provided and many of the activities suitable for individuals, families and groups of friends, there really is no excuse not to try something new out on the water this summer!

Sailing

With the weather having been so great recently, it's the perfect chance to experience Northern Ireland from the water. Whether you're part of a larger crew taking a yacht through it's paces, or learning the ropes on a small dinghy, you're guarnateed to come away having had a brilliant time.

Women On Water Sailing Programme, Lough Neagh Sailing Club, Craigavon, Sat 13th May

A great opportunity for the girls to try out sailing out in the Irish Sea.

Bright Night Sailing, Donaghadee Sailing Club, 20 Shore Street, Donaghadee, BT21 0DG, Every Friday throughout the Summer

For the kids only, this is a great introduction for boys and girls aged 8 – 16 to experience the excitement of sailing.

Women on Water Sailing Programme, Ballyholme Yacht Club, 262 Seacliff Road, Bangor, BT20 5HT, Tues 24th July

Set sail and learn the basics in this girl’s only programme in which everything will be provided.

 

Try Something New

Wakeboarding is one of the most exhilerating water sports around. A blend of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing, it's an amazing resource to have here in Northern Ireland!

Ladies Beginner Wakeboarding Lessons, Knockbracken Reservoir, Carryduff, BT8 8BP, Sat 28th and Sun 29th July 

Another event just for the girls, Cable and Wake will introduce you to the exhilarating world of wakeboarding!

 

Rowing

Rowing is wonderful in it's simplicity - pull as part of a team, get fitter and enjoy seeing Northern Ireland from a different perspective!

Go Rowing with the Lagan Currachs, Stranmillis Mooring Dock, Governor’s Bridge, Belfast BT7, Every Saturday during the Summer 

At just £5 per person, you and your friend can experience sailing the River Lagan and see Belfast from a different perspective.

Free Taster Youth Rowing Sessions on Strangford Lough, Strangford Lough, leaving from Cook Street, Portaferry, BT22 1LB, Sat 9th and Sun 10th June

A great introduction to rowing for young people aged 11 – 17. Get fit while learning to row on Strangford Lough.

4 Week Rowing Course for Beginners, Lockview Road, Belfast, Runs from Sun 5th Aug and Sun 2nd Sept

Aimed at improving your basic rowing skills and giving you the confidence to be on the water in a safe and fun way!

 

Canoeing / Kayaking

Paddling has exploded in popularity in Northern Ireland in recent years. Whether you're braving your first try or heading back to your favourite waterway for the 100th time, it's an experience to be savoured.

Summer Splash for Families, Creggan Country Park, Westway, Derry~Londonderry, Every Sat and Sun through the Summer

Hop in a canoe, race your friends and have a go on the giant inflatables anchored in the lake!

Lower Bann Recreation Paddle, Access point 3, Newferry East on the Lower Bann Trail, Sat 23rd June

Realise the beauty of the River Bann with a day out on the water alongside the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland.

 

To check out more events taking place, check out GetWetNI.com

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

Have a Go at Watersports for £10 or Less

Posted on April 24, 2018 @ 4:57 PM in AdventureCanoeing

Make a splash and try something new this May as part of Get Wet NI 2018. Clubs from across Northern Ireland are offering watersport sessions for just £10 or less on Sat 19th & Sun 20th May. With no experience necessary and all of the equipment provided, there has never been a better time to get out on the water!


Below are just a few thrilling events you can try:

For the Adrenaline Junkies

Learn to Waterski / Wakeboard with the Experts, Meteor Water Ski Club, Lough Henney, Bresagh Road, Sun 20th May
Guaranteed to get the heart pounding, try water skiing or wake boarding in a safe and controlled environment. 

Ladies Beginner Wakeboarding LessonsKnockbracken Reservoir, Carryduff, BT8 8BP, Sat 19th & Sun 20th May
Get into wakeboarding during a one on one coaching session which will soon have you gliding across the longest cable wakeboarding run in Ireland!

Fun with Friends

Rowing Taster SessionsRiver Lagan, Stranmillis Mooring Dock, Governors Bridge, Belfast, Sat 19th and Sun 20th May
Row a community-built traditional currach and see Belfast and the river Lagan from a different perspective. Suitable for all ages and abilities. This session will teach you basic rowing techniques and you'll try your hand at steering. 

Have a go Rowing in Kircubbin, Kircubbin Sailing Club, 106 Shore Road, Kircubbin, Sat 19th and Sun 20th May
Improve your fitness and have the option of participating as a rower, cox or support member.

Have a go Rowing in Dundrum, Dundrum Inner Bay, Slipway opposite Dundrum Inn, Sat 19th and Sun 20th May
Row with the current world champions and see if coastal rowing could be your thing.

Skiff Rowing for Beginners, Killyleagh at the Netwalk, Sun 20th May
A fun filled session with excellent coaching from experienced team members. This event is a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends while learning to row and exploring Strangford Lough. Everyone that enjoys this activity will have an opportunity to train for the Strangford Skiff Festival.

Try Rowing with Lagan Scullers Club, River Lagan, Lockview Road, Belfast, Sun 20th May
Rowing / sculling taster session for beginners, with some sessions specifically for women over 16 years old. Learn the basics of rowing indoors before taking to the water to see Belfast from the river.

A Family Day Out


Summer Splash Event For FamiliesCreggan Country Park, Westway, Derry, Sat 19th & Sun 20th May
This family fun event will involve canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a session on inflatables. It's a great opportunity to get everyone out on the water at a special half price rate.

Dip Your Toe – Have a Go, Lough Erne, Broadmeadow, Lakeland Forum Leisure Centre, Sat 19th May
Get your family (or some friends) together to join a crew of 10 to row through Enniskillen aboard this fascinating bronze age boat currach boat.

Free Taster Youth Rowing Sessions on Strangford Lough, Strangford Lough, Leaving from Cook Street, Portaferry, (located along shore road BT22 1LB), Sat 19th & Sun 20th May
Free rowing sessions for boys and girls aged 11 to 17 years old on Strangford Lough.

Push the Boat Out


Push the Boat Out – Try Free Sailing, Kayaking and Coastal Rowing, County Antrim Yacht Club, 1 Marine Parade, Whitehead, BT38 9QP, Sat 19th May
County Antrim Yacht Club's annual taster day. Try a range of watersports with experienced guides during 20-30 minute sessions. A family fun day will also be taking place, including face painting and a BBQ.

Push the Boat Out with Strangford Lough Yacht Club, Strangford Lough Yacht Club, Whiterock, Sun 20th May
A fun and sociable introduction to sailing with the option of a BBQ afterwards.

Push the Boat Out – Introduction to Dinghy and Cruiser Sailing, Carlingford Lough Yacht Club Killowen Point, Rostrevor, Sun 20th May
A great opportunity to take a dinghy or a yacht out for an afternoon! You can even take a spin in a RIB or have a go stand up paddleboarding.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what's happening across Northern Ireland's waterways or check out our website, GetWetNI.com

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

Make A Splash for £10 or less!

Posted on March 30, 2017 @ 12:06 PM in AdventureCanoeing

Make a splash this may and 'Have a Go' at a range of watersports for as little as £10 or less over the Get Wet weekend on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May 2017.

Get Wet Northern ireland

Over 20 watersports clubs based all over Northern Ireland will be hosting the taster events to local people with no previous experience necessary. With activities including canoeing, sailing, waterskiing & wakeboarding, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving, there has never been a better time to get on the water and get wet!

With so many fantastic events to choose from we have handpicked a few to help you get started!

For those who "cannot wake" to get out on the water

£10pp, Meteor Water Ski Club, Lough Henney, Co. Down, Sun 7th May
Experience the thrill of waterskiing/ wakeboarding on a beautiful lake, as you learn from expert coacges the tips and tricks needed to confidently get up on the water. 

Race a Skiff Boat down Strangford Lough

FREE, Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club, Killyleagh, Co. Down, Sat 6th May
Challenge yourself to do something new this Spring and have a go rowing a Skiff with Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club. Get fit, enjoy the scenery and have fun at this taster session. 

Bushcraft & Nature Canoe Paddle

£10pp, C3 Paddlers, Portadown Boat Club, Co. Armagh, Sun 7th May
Make the most of the great outdoors with this brilliant combination of canoeing and bushcraft. Gain a better understanding of nature's resources and how to use them with a paddle on a local waterway. 

Row Like A Dog

£30 per team, Row The Erne, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 6th May
A fun Curragh Boat Race for any organisation/ group who would like to enter a team of 9 people. Come and have a go at coastal rowing with a competitive spirit! 

Get Wet Northern ireland

Give Rowing A Try

£2pp, City of Derry Boating Club, River Foyle, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Sat 6th & Sun 7th May
Enjoy an introductory rowing session on the River Foyle. Combining a mixture of indoor and outdoor skills sessions to develop posture, grip and boat handling skills so you can confidently row down river. 

Angling For Women

FREE, Omagh Anglers Association, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, Sat 6th May
Have a go at flyfishing for trout on the River Strule. This fun intro session for women is a fantastic way to learn the basics.

Try Rowing with Lagan Scullers Club

£5pp, Lagan Scullers, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Sat 6th May
Feel the sleek boat glide through the water underneath you, and enjoy being part of a team learning new skills. See Belfast from the river!

May Splash Down- Stand Up Paddleboarding for Beginners

£5pp, Erne Paddlers, Castle Island Canoe Centre, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 6th May
You don't have to travel thousands of miles to try the most popular watersport in Hawaii. Learn to Stand up paddle board (SUP) taking in the beautiful scenery around Lough Erne.

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

These taster events are being offered as part of a wider campaign called Get Wet NI. This campaign is an ideal way for those with no background in watersports to learn the basics under the watchful eye of qualified instructors. The weekend of taster events will be closely by a series of training programmes for those looking to continue in their chosen sport. Visit GetWetNI.com or follow the Facebook Page so you don't miss out.

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Officer & Active Clubs Coordinator for Walking

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She oversees the marketing and communication on WalkNI, OutdoorNI and Walking in Your Community Project. Most recently she has been working with Parkrun Ireland & UK to introduce the 'Walk @ parkrun' initiative.

Who & How to Try Out Watersports in Northern Ireland!

Posted on July 28, 2016 @ 1:09 PM in AdventureCanoeing

Watersports in NI: For Everyone, With Anyone!

Watersports in Northern Ireland are often one of those ‘hidden gems’ that people often don’t realise how enjoyable they can be - until they’re actually in the water – or how they go about participating in one. Well, FlowNI is a great initiative to get you trying them out! With lots of clubs throughout Northern Ireland welcoming new people along and offering beginners courses, many at a reduced cost and some completely free, it’s the perfect time to see just what watersports there are near you! Below we’ve listed some of the activities on offer and who you can do them with.

1)      Salty Friday’s at Quoile Yacht Club, Every Friday until 16th Sept, Downpatrick – Try it out with: The kids

Everyone jokes about owning a yacht; so why not see what all the fuss is about? This day is intended mostly for kids between the ages of 6 and 16 but adults are more than welcome as well and will be fitted out with their own keelboat.

 

2)      Family Canoe Trips, Saturday 30th July, 6th, 13th & 20th Aug, Portadown – Try it out with: The whole family

The picture below sums up why heading to try out one of the Family Canoe trips can be the perfect day out. Peaceful but exciting; scenic but energetic. These canoe trips will take you along parts of the countryside not normally accessible, and are something that everyone will enjoy; young and old. To make it that little bit better, it’s incredibly cheap at only £5.00 per person. 

3)      Get Going – Come Rowing, Wednesday 3rd August, 10th, 17th & 24th Aug, Enniskillen – Try it out with: Your friends

Definitely up there with some of the most popular watersports, and it’s easy to understand why. This is the perfect chance to bring a group of friends together and try out rowing on a 10 Man Bronze age curach. Not only is it a remarkably cheap evening of guaranteed entertainment at only £5.00 per person, you’ll become proficient in new skills like handling the ropes and coming into jetties – and all while basking in the natural beauty of Fermanagh coming up to sunset.

 

4)      Learn to Windsurf, Sunday 7th & 21st August, Craigavon Watersports Centre - Try it out with: Your friends

Windsurfing cannot be recommended enough. This course, which lasts just a few hours, will teach you everything you need to know about windsurfing. From the simple stuff of balancing on the board, to eventually sailing yourself up and around the harbour. Head along with a group of friends and enjoy laughing at each other’s attempts, before embracing the thrill of picking up a good pace and showing off.

5)       Womens Only Fly Fishing Course Sunday 14th August, & 3rd Sept, Ballyclare - Try it out with: The girls

Our final suggestion is for the girls only. This is an all-day event intended to give a group the skills to be able to go out when they want and organise their own day of fishing. Whether it’s for a friend’s birthday, a notion to try something new or with the hope of eventually joining the International Ladies Fly Fishing Team (who will be hosting the day), we know you’ll enjoy this ‘something different’ watersport.

 

There are lots of other training events listed on the FlowNI website for you to try including events in canoeing, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving and with no previous experience necessary there has never been a better time to get wet!

Ethan Loughrey
Ethan Loughrey  Mountain Bike Officer

Hardest thing about Mountain Biking? Definitely the trees.

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