Open day 2016

Wild Water Kayak Club (WWKC) would like to invite all to the Open Day at the Club which is on Saturday the 11th June 2016 from Midday and finishing at 4.00pm to view the facilities, take a spin up the beautiful Liffey in an open canoe or a kayak or both and watch the display of kayaking disciplines that will be on show.

There are a few beginner course places still available so if you try out kayaking and would like to do more, the option to join a course is there.

The weather forecast is looking good so grab the kids, family and friends, some clothes you don’t mind getting wet and slap on some sunscreen and come spend some fun times at the club.

There will also be a BBQ, refreshment stand and face painting for the younger audience.

Open day agenda

If you have any questions on the day, would like to find out more information on kayaking/membership or just simply curious about the sport there will be plenty of experienced and friendly club members there to assist you with your query.

Timetable of events:

12:45 – 16:00 – Various canoeing disciplines displays – canoe polo, slalom, freestyle.

All day – Come and Try it – River creekers and Canadian trips up and down the river for people to try out the boats .

Parking – very important notice on parking

The club does not have a car park facility, please park in the Phoenix Park only.  There is a big car park to the left of Knockmaroon Gate and it’s a short walk to the club. It is strongly advised not to park in the neighbouring Angler’s Rest Pub car park which is located close to the club. Their car park is for customers only.

See you on the water :-) for further information.


How to find us:


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The clubhouse is located on the Strawberry beds road near the Angler’s Rest pub.

Coming from Chapelizod travel up Knockmaroon hill, veer left at the traffic lights and the club is about 400 metres from the lights on the left hand side.


About the club

Wild Water Kayak Club is a voluntary organisation and the members are proud to be part of the biggest network of paddlers in Ireland. With a reputation for fun, safety and learning, WWKC continues to grow and improve. The clubhouse is based in the Strawberry Beds, on the bank of the Liffey, Lower Knockmarroon Hill, Chapelizod and it runs successful introductory courses every year to introduce people to kayaking.

We have a significant number of qualified and trainee instructors and if you would like to learn to canoe or kayak we encourage you to come along to the open day to sample and talk to our experienced team. Wild Water Kayak Club has active participants in each of the disciplines the club is involved in – river running, freestyle, polo, slalom, open canoeing, wild water racing and marathon.  The club also has a flourishing junior section which caters for all levels from beginners courses through to instructor level training.

WWKC was founded in 1962 and is 54 years in operation by a group of individuals from Dalkey, who were originally sea kayakers. The group decided to set up a multi discipline kayaking club on the banks of the Liffey and choose a site in north Dublin in the Strawberry Beds and the home of the prosperous club to the present day. In the beginning, WWKC had a commodore and his name was John De Courcy Ireland a very well known Irish maritime historian and political activist, he died in 2006 aged 94. In the early days of the club formation it was mainly a slalom club a kayaking discipline which had club members represent Ireland in the Olympics over the years. WWKC members have also represented Ireland at European and World Championship levels in many kayaking disciplines and the club also boasts some of the countries top white water river runners and instructors.