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The Club has an active section of members who enjoy kayaking in Whitehead.

In 2022 the club developed this informal section of family and friends with new paddlers of all abilities. We offered kayak taster sessions as part of our Discover Sailing Day on Saturday 7th May 2022.

Contact for more information.

Kayaking Safety Awareness Courses, Saturday 28th May 2022 - completed

Kayaking Safety Awareness Courses in partnership with Causeway Coast Kayaking Tours on sit-on-top kayaks.

These Kayaking Safety Awareness courses were open to Members only as this is a development path to build the CAYC Kayaking Section. The course was open to beginners and members who already own their own kayaks. We recommended to all members who wish to kayak at CAYC to complete a Kayaking Safety Awareness course. Recreational kayaking is at your own risk. Further guidance and advice will be applied to the Club operating procedure as we move towards CAYC organised Kayaking. We are aligned to CANI

Kayaking Safety Awareness Course

In partnership with Causeway Coast Kayaking, we ran 1.5 hour Kayaking Safety Awareness Courses, £20 per member.

Dates (booking is essential):

10:00 - 11:30 Saturday 28th May Book here

12:00 - 13:30 Saturday 28th May Book here

Should further skills improver sessions be required, these can be arranged after the course is finished.

Additional information:

  • Kayaks, paddles and helmets will be provided for use on the course.
  • Booking is essential.
  • Should the area outside the clubhouse not be suitable, the course will be ran from the public slipway.
  • The course is being delivered by a 3rd party, Causeway Coast Kayaking.

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2020 has seen a growth in members paddling, particularly women and parents which is great to see. Whilst children are sailing, they too can be on the water.

Development is also being seen in skillsets with several young members keen to become instructors.

4 of our Members are progressing Leadership skills and certification.

Kayaking Section group for informal chat and scheduling of paddles.

Past events

Push the Boat Out: 11 May 2019

Taster sessions were available to members and non-members to try out canoeing.

Follow-on courses were offered to interested Members and Visitors.

Portmuck Paddle and BBQ: June 2019

Participants paddled from CAYC along the shore, passing the Gobbins, to Portmuck. A barbecue for all followed onshore with additional members joining along with a few other boats for an enjoyable afternoon.

Nightime Paddle - returning to CAYC by the stars!

It was hoped to have a night-time paddle once the evenings stretched out, hopefully June, but the weather was not conducive.

Previous events have included

Paddle to Gobbins 26 December 2018

Portmuck Paddle June 2018

Push the Boat Out May 2018

Activity : Paddle to Backshore Islandmagee 28 January 2018

Activity: Great Boxing day paddle 2017

Formal courses are run on demand, including 1 star for beginners and those wishing for a refresher course or 2 star for those wishing to improve their skills, confidence and capability. There is also a possibility of running a foundation Safety and Rescue (1 day course) course which will address skills required in rescue situations etc.


Last updated 11:26 on 9 March 2024

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