Kayak in Cork, Ireland
Coastal Kayak Tours
Join us and explore the beautiful Courtmacsherry coastline from your kayak. A truly unique perspective of the Wild Atlantic Way. Our expert instructors will teach you the basics and keep you safe while we show you the cliffs and hidden caves along the way.
One hour fun session for 6-16 year olds. Our instructors will demonstrate the basic skills and safety procedures before bringing everyone on the water for some fun and kayak games!
Learn To Kayak Course
The Level 2 Kayak Skills Award enables participants to kayak safely and competently on flat water and grade 1 rivers. It is the first step in becoming a competent paddler, for both sea kayaking and river kayaking, and teaches the necessary skills to safely paddle a kayak.
Upon successful completion the participant will be able to demonstrate the following skills and techniques:
- Kayak safely and competently on Grade 1 as part of a peer group
- Have an understanding of the safety rules of kayaking
- Assist in and perform basic rescues
- Be able to enter and exit a kayak correctly
- Forward stroke, reverse stroke, and stopping
- Forward sweep, reverse sweep and a combined sweep stroke
- Draw stroke, low brace, edging, edging on the move and turning on the move
- Capsize drill
- Have a good understanding of weather and tide conditions and their affect on water sessions
This course has grown to include new skills as led by Canoeing Ireland and so is now run over two weekends.
Weekend one focuses on strokes, techniques, weather, tides and safety. This weekend can be done on it’s own if you are just looking for some beginner skills but aren’t interested in the Level 2 Skills Award Certificate. There is no assessment during this weekend.
Weekend two includes additional skills and techniques, peer rescues, and assessment. Depending on the available conditions and group level there may also be an introduction to moving water and level 3 skills, but this is not guaranteed.
The price is €160 per weekend, or €300 for both weekends.
Kayaking in Cork, Ireland
Ireland is the perfect setting to learn and develop kayak skills. From the beautifully scenic rivers and coastline, to the perfect technical white water rivers to develop more advanced skills. Our kayak tours are the perfect way to truly experience the outdoors, no matter what your level of experience.
If you want to develop those skills and bring them to the next level then our learn to kayak courses are the way to go! Rental is also available at the centre, as well as focused rolling sessions.
Is kayaking dangerous?
With the proper training and understanding of how to safely choose the correct equipment, use it the right way, and interpret the weather and water conditions for your ability, kayaking is safer than ever! We strongly recommend that you undertake a Canoeing Ireland certified kayak skills course if you intend to go kayaking unsupervised (or to purchase a kayak of your own), particularly in a "sit in" kayak. You can enroll in one of these courses here at Gecko Adventures in Courtmacsherry, Cork, or with one of the many centres and clubs around the country.
I can't swim, can I go kayaking?
Yes! Kayaking is a great way to build water confidence and with modern "sit-on-top" kayaks it is more accessible and safe than ever, when the appropriate Personal Floatation Devices are worn and fitted correctly. However if you would like to take up kayaking as a sport, either sea kayaking or white water kayaking, we would strongly recommend that you learn to swim.
Kayaking is easy, is there really much more to learn?
Absoloutely! It doesn't take much for a beginner to be able to hop into a sit on top and go, which is fantastic! However if you want to become a kayaker then there is much to learn, progressing through a wide range of strokes, boat control, rescues, rolls, different rivers and conditions, white water and more!
So what's the first step to become a kayaker?
The first step are the "Learn to Kayak" classes, or the full weekend course, which progress you towards the Canoeing Ireland level 2 skills award. These classes and courses teach you all of the flatwater skills so that you can safely and confidently paddle your kayak before progressing on to moving water. From here you can begin your white water skills training with regular level 3 skills classes.