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Getting Started

So you would like to start canoeing... We think this is great news and would like to be here to help you get started and plan your adventures!

The first thing to know is that there are many different types of canoeing, which may require different types of boat, equipment and training.

The main disciplines are flat water canoeing, sea kayaking, white water paddling, open canoe touring, and kayak surfing.

If you are a complete beginner you should take lessons to ensure you are equipped with the basic skills required. These can be booked through canoeing providers across Northern Ireland, or with your local canoe club. You will find that equipment and safety gear is normally included in the price.

Once you have learned the skills you will then be ready to hit the outdoors, and take advantage of the wonderful rivers, lakes, loughs and coastline that Northern Ireland has to offer. To find out where you can paddle please visit the Canoe Trails and Where to Paddle sections of the website.

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