Club profiles: Kayak


The NUIG Kayak Club aims to introduce students and staff to the sport of canoeing and kayaking, and caters for every level of skill, from complete beginner to expert paddler. And we also aim to have as much craic as possible while doing it!
If you are interested in joining the Kayak Club, contact a committee member or check out our website at

To get started visit the kayak club's website:

Here's some footage taken by one of our members from kayaking around the country with the club:

Winter Kayaking from Alan O'Dwyer on Vimeo.


The Kayak Club is one of the biggest clubs in college, and one of the largest and oldest kayak clubs in the the country. In January 2007 the club celebrated it's 30th Anniversary with the 30th Ball and won the award for Best Club Event in the process. As well as having over 65 boats of various types for club members, the club facilitates the storage of private gear. The club takes part in the annual Intervarsities and have been awarded the overall trophy 16 times in the last 23 years. Originally the club was based in a clubhouse, situated in a stone building in the fisheries field. Then in 1986, the club moved to the shed beside Macnas (where the diving club is now), and then in 1988 moved to its present home.


Too many to list here! However it is suffice to say that, in the last two decades, they have won about 16 Intervarsities, International competitions, and had members and ex members placed highly in the European and world rankings, as well as in The Olympics! The club also prides itself on catering to every level of paddler, whether recreational or competitive.


2008 was our most recent victory! UL hosted a fantastic event that was hit by a storm of 50 Students from both NUIG & GMIT who represented the club and participated in various disciplines of Polo, White Water, Long Distance Kayaking & Freestyle. NUIG beat off competition from 16 other third-level clubs to bring the trophy home once more, and enjoyed the craic with other clubs both on and off the water. 2009 also saw great success for the paddlers of NUIG, with individual achievements in a great variety of diciplines. 2010 saw us host the varsities. It was a great success and all credit goes to our team who ran the most enjoyable and thrilling varsities in years. This year we are heading south to Cork to try and do one better than last years 2nd place and take the cup back to the West!

For More information go to : or the Intervarsities Homepage :