Kayak Paddling Experience on The River Liffey
The DublinTown crew were kindly invited by City Kayaking Dublin to go for a paddle on the river Liffey, and with a mix of excitement and nervousness, we dropped down after work to try it out.
We met our instructors at their headquarters, just beside the Jeanie Johnston, and were kitted out in waterproof trousers, helmets and life jackets.
Then we had a quick lesson on how to hold the paddle, how to get in and out of the kayak and how to turn.
With a basic understanding, we were launched in to the river Liffey, right in the heart of town, something none of us thought we’d ever voluntarily do…
To see Dublin city from that angle, to be paddling along in the water with the throngs of people up above was really exciting.
The initial unsteady paddle from the bank was nerve-wracking enough; we were acutely aware that we were sitting just above the famous Liffey water and really didn’t want to take a dip (although it really was cleaner than you’d expect). It was also tricky trying to get used to the ‘steering’.
Myself and Vera hit a buoy while trying to do a simple left turn, but we soon got the hang of it, just in time for the relay race across the breadth of the river. For the relay, the DublinTowners were split into two groups, and of course a healthy level of competitiveness came out.
My team was behind from the get-go, but at the last hurdle, after a wobble that nearly threw us into the water, myself and Conor managed to stay in the kayak and paddle to victory, absolutely wrecked.
After a little bit of recovery, we all set out again to paddle from the Jeanie Johnston to the Ha’penny Bridge, which was really an amazing experience. To go Kayaking Dublin city from that angle, to be paddling along in the water with the throngs of people up above was really exciting.
After making it down to the bridge, being an energetic lot, we decided to paddle back up and out as far as The O2, taking in all the sights and all the characters along the way. When we got tired the instructors helped us out on their speed boat, the lovely fellas that they were, telling us loads of interesting facts along the way.
After two hours, we were really tired, but all so enthusiastic about the session. Even the people who couldn’t swim or weren’t too keen on water had a great time, and it’s fair to say it exceeded all of our expectations.
The session was really relaxed and well organised with a good mix of fun and relaxation – we’d all recommend it to our friends.
City Kayak do a whole host of activities, including kayak rentals, lessons for adults and kids, summer camps, kayak slim for fitness and group outings for the likes of hens and stag parties for kayaking Dublin. See the full list here.
The group tour costs €20 euro per person, with a 20% discount for 8 people or more.