Canoeing & Kayaking in Wicklow

At Avon Rí we have a number of different types of kayaks such as polo boats, sea kayaks and river running boats.

Taster Session - During the 2 hour taster session you will be shown the necessary skills to get moving in a kayak/canoe of your choice. These sessions are often accompanied by games and a small trip on the lake.

Lake Trips - For those who wish to dive right in you can choose to do a longer, 2 or 3 hour trip. This is suited to those who wish to learn more about touring in a kayak or those who simply want to explore the area in greater depth.   

Sit On Top Kayaks - are the ideal way to try kayaking. On a calm day adults and children accompanied by adults may take these boats on the lake without an instructor. All necessary equipment is provided.

Evening Kayaking - is run during the summer months on selected evenings it is a lovely way to get out on the lake after a hard day at work or school. Come join us and catch the sunset from a different perspective.

COURSES  - we run a number of Irish Canoe Union Approved courses from level 1 to level 3 Certs:

1        Level 1 is an introduction to kayaking and is a great place to start for the complete beginner;

2        Level 2 builds on the techniques learned for level 1 and aims to make you a more confident kayaker.Some previous     experience is required as this course is aimed at those who have already completed level 1 or similar;

3        Level 3 is run on moving water i.e. one of the many rivers within close reach from Avon Rí. During your time on the river you will be taught how to be safe on moving water and some more advanced techniques.

Click here to see Irish Canoe Union Website

Please contact us about costs.

River Trips - can run from one to two days. The type of river will depend on the water level and your skill level. Some of the rivers which we take groups to include The Barrow, The Boyne, The Liffey, and The Annamoe. We have also worked with a number of individuals and groups to prepare them for various races such as the Liffey Descent or triathlons and adventure races.

Sea Kayaking Trips - are a great way to spend a few days doing something a little different. After an initial introduction to the boats and the equipment we will be using the group travels to the coast where they will explore the coast line, stop for lunch and hopefully spot some wildlife. These trips are mainly run on the East coast, however we can and have run trips on all coastal areas.

Pool Kayaking Sessions - run for one hour and are subject to numbers with limited availability. This has proven to be a very popular way of learning kayaking. Learn to roll and practice strokes in a warm, comfortable environment. The groups for these sessions are small so that each participant is given lots of coaching time with our instructors.

Canoe polo - Runs regularly on evenings during the summer months. This is great fun and  a brilliant way to improve your kayaking skills.If you have a competitive spirit this might be right sport for you. We can provide you with all the equipment you need to get started.

All water activities are subject to minimum numbers and weather conditions.

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    Welcome to Avon Ri Lakeshore Resort & Adventure Centre

    Whether you are planning a weekend away with friends, a family holiday in Ireland, a corporate team building event or even your wedding, Avon Rí offers an unforgettable experience 'that's different'.

    Avon Ri is a leisure & corporate resort purposely-built in a holiday village style, situated on the outskirts of the historical town of Blessington, overlooking the magnificent Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow 'The Garden of Ireland' at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains, and only 45 minutes from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport.

    Our resort combines luxury Townhouse Self-Catering Accommodation, a Lakeview Bar with Rooftop Terrace, a 'really good food' Lakeview Restaurant, along with a highly reputable Adventure Centre offering an extensive range of outdoor activities and leisure facilities including Swimming Pool & Gym, all situated in a breathtaking lakeshore setting spread over nine acres of land.

    Avon Rí is also very convenient to some of Ireland's most famous racecourses, including Punchestown and The Curragh, as well as excellent golf courses, such as The K Club, Tulfarris, The European and Lisheen Springs.