How can I join Galway Kayak Club?

In order to join Galway Kayak Club (GKC), you must first hold a Canoeing Ireland Level 2 kayak skills award or higher. This is a certificate issued by our governing body, Canoeing Ireland, which establishes that the holder has demonstrated to an assessor that their personal paddling ability meets a standard set out in the paddle skills award framework. 

If you have a Level 2 skills award you can head on over to our Webcollect page and sign up. We will ask for you to send in a photo or scan of your certificate before we can process your membership. 

How do I get a Level 2 certificate and why do I need one?

The Level 2 certificate is issued by our governing body, Canoeing Ireland, to a paddler who has demonstrated to a Canoeing Ireland certified instructor the techniques and strokes outlined in the Level 2 syllabus. This is usually after completing a beginner course which includes a Level 2 assessment. 

GKC runs a number of adult beginner courses from approximately April to August each year. For more information on our beginner courses and how to register visit our Webcollect page. The Canoeing Ireland paddle skills framework is an internationally recognised award, for a list of course providers visit the Canoeing Ireland website

A Level 2 certificate is a prerequisite for joining GKC as this demonstrates that the paddler is at a basic proficiency level at which they can safely participate in group activities. 

Can I rent a kayak or do you run kayaking trips for non-members?

We do not operate a kayak or equipment rental service and we are unable to provide kayaking trips to non-members. GKC is a non-profit club run by volunteer club members.

Do I need my own equipment or kayak to join the club?

No. Club members have access to all club equipment and a range of different types of kayaks and canoes. We provide buoyancy aids, helmets, basic cagoules and paddles. The club has over 50 kayaks and canoes for a range of disciplines including whitewater kayaks, sea kayaks, canoe polo boats, k boats, freestyle playboats and Canadian canoes. These are available for all club members to use provided all club safety rules are adhered to. 

GKC does not provide personal paddling gear such as wetsuits or booties.

What are your safety rules?

Kayaking is a watersport that carries some level of risk. Therefore, GKC must take certain safety precautions. All of our safety information is listed on our Safety page