Kayaking Courses

Choose between paddling along, taking it all in on the safe waters of Lough Derg or pushing yourself on more advanced white water, we have it all on offer at ULAC.

Discover Lough Derg – Kayak Tour

Come along and see the beauty of Lough Derg by Kayak, a half day day will allow you to cruise the tranquil waters of the lake and visit Swan Island or venture further afield to Brian Borus Fort, the home to the last high king of Ireland.
Tours take 2 1/2 hours and are fully guided, all equipment is provided.
Cost per person is €45 (min 2 persons)


Introduction to Kayaking

On the safe waters of Lough Derg, Candidates will be introduced to the basic techniques in Kayaking on flat water. This course helps builds the individuals confidence while preparing them for more advanced moving water challenges.


Flat to Whitewater Kayaking

This course is designed to bridge the gap between flat and whitewater kayaking. If you have previous experience and would like to move onto more challenging moving water then this is the kayaking course for you. The first day is spent on Lough Derg, brushing up on flat water skills and rescues. Our highly experienced instructors will also introduce participants to the mystical skill of the Eskimo Roll. On day 2 participants will put all acquired skills into practice as they are guided down the rapids of the lower Shannon.


Introduction to Whitewater

Once candidates have mastered paddling on flat water, they now can take the challenge of developing essential skills on our picturesque local rivers under the instruction and guidance of our highly qualified staff.


What to bring

A great experience is guaranteed. If you are booked on any of our Kayaking Courses here is what you need bring:

1. Swimming Togs, Towel, Shower Gear.
2. Old Shoes or Sandals to wear into the water.
3. Pencil and paper to take notes.
4. Wet Suit and Buoyancy aid and equipment will be provided.
5. Packed Lunch (only for White water Courses)
Please note: Course participants will have 1hour for lunch, all are welcome to bring packed lunches and use the indoor facilities, tea/coffee will be provided. Participants on White water courses need to bring a full packed lunch as you are on the river all day and lunch will take place picnic style on the riverside.


ULAC Kayaking

Kayaking is one of the most popular forms of canoe-sport in Ireland. There are two options for Kayaking, either flat or moving whitewater. Normally participants would start on the flat to learn the basic strokes and techniques. Once flat water skills have been mastered participants are ready for the more challenging white water and rivers. Rivers are graded according to an international system which runs from grade 1 (flat or slow moving water) to Grade 6 (extremely difficult and dangerous rapids). The thrill of controlling your own kayak, through crashing waves and over steep drops and slides draws many people to this exciting recreational discipline. The modern kayak is made of plastic and can range in length from under 2 metres to almost 3 metres long. At ULAC we pride ourselves on the courses and equipment used to take people through the different levels in this sport. Ashore: The shore-based sections of our courses take place in fully equipped, dedicated classroom using the most up to date teaching methods and equipment. Afloat: The flat water courses take place on the still waters of Lough Derg which is the perfect location for leisurely trips and flat water techniques. The more advanced techniques of riding rapids and shooting weirs take place on the close by Mulcair and Castleconnell rivers. Allow us to guide you safely though an Irish Canoe approved course.