Frequently Asked Questions
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    How old do children need to be to come along?

    Kids must aged 14 or over to join the tour. For kayaking for younger children please see details on our family kayaking sessions HERE.

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    Where do you meet in Lucan?

    From Lucan Main St. take the first exit off the small roundabout at the Ulster bank. Drive over the bridge over the river Liffey. Take an immediate left and drive along a narrow road with terraced houses to your right and the river to your left. Travel for a few hundred metres along this road until you come to a very sharp bend in the road. Pull in here. This is our meeting point.

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    Where is the Salmon Leap Canoe Club?

    You can find a map to the Salmon Leap Canoe Club HERE

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    Where do you meet in Dalkey?

    We will meet you at the slip way in Bullock Harbour at the time stated on your booking receipt. Please note we may not be visible earlier than that as we may be taking a break between sessions or travelling from another session elsewhere.
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    Where is the Royal Canal Location?

    You can find a map HERE. We have parking on site or you can take the train to Leixlip Confey and walk along the canal in the direction of Dublin for 10 minutes until you reach us.
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    I want to sit a skills assessment do you run them?

    Yes we run skills training and assessments for Irish Canoe Union Levels 1- 4. Check our booking page for dates and times.

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    Do you cater for large groups?

    Yes we do! We are specialists in corporate and large group providership. We can tailor make a package that’s right for you and we can include food, fishing and entertainmnet if required.

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    Can I come on an overseas trip?

    Yes you can! We run overseas trips for all levels of ability including trips to Slovenia and Menorca
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    Can I log hours?

    Yes you can. Contact us via our webform and let us know what you need to sit in on and we will get back to you.
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    Do I need to be able to Swim?

    You do need to be able to swim. You don’t have to be an Olympic champion and we will provide you with Buoyancy Aids which will help you to float. You do need to be comfortable in the water and happy enough to kick your legs or move your arms while floating with the buoyancy aid.
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    What do I need to bring?

    All you need to bring is something to wear under a wetsuit (togs or shorts), footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and a towel. If the weather is cool you might like to bring base layers, an old pair of tights, socks, a hat, fleece and a rain jacket (as appropriate). We will provide everything else.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

  • An absolute must!!!

    I visited as a solo paddler and was made feel extremely welcome. Jenny and the staff are among the most helpful, funny and welcoming people I have met. I learned loads while having fun and learning some little facts about dublin and the area. A must for anyone coming to the area. I'll be back!!

    Visited August 2015

    Dan B
  • Water makes us Happy!

    While a sign on the gate would have been helpful, we had no trouble locating where to go. It was the highlight of my 14 yr old granddaughter's trip. Just beautiful, peaceful, and at 67 I had no trouble spending the morning kayaking. Terrific guide, took great care of us, and we would definitely do this again. So worth every #€ you spend. And don't forget to tip your guide.

    Visited July 2015

    Shar1947
  • Fantastic experience!

    I can't recommend this highly enough. Jenny and the team were so friendly and helpful. The trip out to Dalkey island is brilliant, you get to see lots of wildlife and the views are amazing. All the seals popping up to say hello beside the kayaks was a highlight! You don't need to have any kayaking experience, lots of people doing it were first timers and had no problems. Great to do by yourself or with a group of friends.

    Visited August 2015

    KavAoife
  • Superb experience!

    I can't believe I didn't know about this before! The team is fantastic, welcoming and make you feel really comfortable. The instructions are on point and you feel secure all the time. I've never done kayak before but made it to the island and back in one piece! They provide everything you need and the experience of being in the sea and getting to the Dalkey Island is an amazing feeling! You can see a totally different view from Dalkey. You can see the birds and the seals as there are tons of them sweet and friendly. Love it! Jenny and her team are super professional and you can learn a lot about the history and environment as you paddle around. I really recommend it! I am coming back for sure!

    Visited August 2015

    claudiagutipas
  • You too can paddle like an expert in 20 minutes....

    Thanks to Jenny and all the crew for a truly great experience. After just 20 mins of instruction expertly delivered by Jenny we were out on the water and confidently paddling our way along the shore and across the sound to Dalkey Island! No capsizes or going around in circles....in fact all very straightforward even for a total novice. Added to this are the wonderful sights and sounds of maritime Dalkey and the amazing Island. Strongly recommended, brilliant experience and great value for money too......

    Visited August 2015

    mccabeone
  • Superb:-)

    All I can say is If u haven't done this before, Do it. Had an absolute brilliant time. To get to see Dalkey and go on the Island was Amazing. It was my first time to do kayaking and I will definitely be going back again because of the experience I had. Especially the warm welcome from Jenny, polite and very professional hence all the other reviews. She makes it fun and very Safe and gives you some of the history too. A big thumbs up from me, well worth the dollars too :-)

    Visited August 2015

    Andrea O
  • Invigorating

    A really perfect way to start the day! Great experience and the instructors were encouraging and patient. It was really quite special seeing so many seals up close and seeing how furry they actually are. Beautiful way to see the coast and was a bonus stopping off at Dalkey Island.

    Visited August 2015

    Aisling CInvigorating
  • Amazing!

    This is an absolutely wonderful day out. The tranquil setting is out of this world alongside the giggles and laughs of the team. Jenny makes you feel so comfortable, she so professional and makes the kayaking trip fun & safe. On arriving at dalkey island you get to see the seals in action! Fab day out, good value for money and good fun! 5 stars!

    Visited July 2015

    CahKIl
  • A terrific blend of activity, nature and history

    The guide / instructor, Sean, was engaging and informative, as well as patient and gracious with my 8 year old daughter for whom the paddle was a big ask. The trip does not require technical ability but some stamina for an 8 year old. When she tired, Sean towed her. The highpoint was the close interaction with the seals and the chance to wander around Dalkey island itself. I highly recommend this trip, followed by a seafood lunch in Dalkey itself.

    Paul T
  • Brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning!

    I recently did this with a group of (hungover) friends on a Sunday morning. It was a brilliant day. Our guide, Sean, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable giving plenty of information on local wildlife (and celebrity houses too!). The weather was beautiful (which made it even better), and the short walk around Dalkey Harbour was very interesting. Great activity and highly recommended, especially for groups.

    Slapheado

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