Water Sports in Southern Ireland
Water sports practiced in Ireland include canoeing, swimming, surfing, diving, water polo, sailing, and kayaking. Whilst many people participate in these, few do so competitively. Ireland has had only one Olympic medalist in swimming, Michelle Smith, and her medals have since been tarnished by drug allegations. The National Aquatic Centre was opened in Ireland in 2003 and held the European SC Championships in December 2003 – the first time the country hosted such a competition. At the competition, Ireland won its first medal at the European SC Championships ever, a silver in the 200m breaststroke by Andrew Bree. Swim Ireland is the national governing body of swimming in Ireland. See also List of Olympic-size swimming pools in Ireland. Southern Ireland hasn’t just got the edge as a city break. It’s got the pick of adventure activities dotted about the coast, rivers and mountains on its doorstep. It’s water, water everywhere in Southern Ireland with the city’s river and bay throwing up plenty of opportunities to get the adrenaline going before a night on the town. Rafting.ie runs trips between Leixlip and Palmerstown, offering over two hours of thrills and spills on the river. Trips kick off with a high drop (literally) at Lucan, before passing stone-arch bridges, old mills and historic weirs on their way towards the city. Amidst the wide, relaxing stretches there are plenty of rapids to be shot. Pure Magic is a company doing exactly what it says on the tin hooking up thrill seekers with a three-hour kite-surfing lesson on the Blue Flag Dolly mount Strand. If one don’t fancy rocking the harness and lines, one can always grab a stand-up paddle board and take to the water without the wings. Surf dock is Southern Ireland’s Premier Watersports Course provider & Watersports Shop and is based in Grand Canal Dock, a short stroll from the heart of Southern Ireland City Centre. Established for over 20 years, we pride ourselves on providing an excellent service at very competitive prices. They are Southern Ireland’s No 1 stockiest of all things watersports. They sell equipment for surfing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, wakeboarding, waterskiing, towable and kayaking. They always have a huge range of wetsuits for men, women and children in stock.
East Wall Sailing
East Wall Water Sports Centre is one of the best places in Southern Ireland to go for a great day out. Whether its a fun day out with your friends, or its an outing with your colleagues it is going to be an experience you will love. It's open all year round. The Centre is based just off the Alfie Byrne Road in East Wall where the East Point Business Park is.
Fingal Sailing School
Fingal Sailing School is Southern Ireland's leading school & activity centre. They provide a fun, exciting & healthy way of learning & improving our water based activities. They're located on the back estuary in Malahide, which is an ideal location for any water activities: the water is sheltered & in a safe enclosed environment.
Pure Magic Southern Ireland
Welcome to the magic!!! Welcome to the magic world of water sports in Ireland.what gets them going every day, much more than just a sport, culture or lifestyle. When you enter Pure Magic, your Life will change!