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, our club continues to grow and improve.
The Wild Water clubhouse is at Strawberry Beds, Dublin, on the banks of the Liffey, just above Palmerstown Weir 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 get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
There is a range of ability in each discipline from novice to expert, and paddlers are encouraged whether they prefer to specialise in one discipline or partake in them all, and whether they want to participate in a competitive or recreational manner. The club also has a flourishing junior section which caters for all levels from beginners courses through to instructor level training.
To find out more about the club in general, why not have a nose about the site.
The club in the mid 1960s, also showing the first minibus run by the Union (ICU). The photo was taken by WWKC member Frank Pilkington at an early slalom and the figure on the left is Mick Feeney who continues to photograph many events at WWKC.
WWKC was founded in 1963 — 2013 saw us celebrate 50 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 chose a site in north Dublin on the Strawberry Beds, the home of the flourishing club to the present day.
In the beginning, WWKC had as Commodore, John De Courcy Ireland, a very well known Irish maritime historian and political activist, who died in 2006 aged 94. In the early days of the club formation, it wa
s mainly a slalom club, a kayaking discipline that had club members representing 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 country’s top whitewater river runners and instructors.