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Five Water Sports To Try In Dublin This Summer

By Brian Dillon

July 5, 2019 at 2:33pm

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One of the best things about Dublin is that it's a bustling urban centre that never seems to sleep. But we also have a gorgeous coastline right on our doorstep that is perfect for escaping the madness of the city.

So naturally, there are loads of fun and often hilarious ways to take to the water in Dublin. Whether you're looking to become an expert at water sports or you just want to create some gas memories, then you'll find something on this list that tickles your fancy.

1. Snorkelling In Dun Laoghaire

If you're a beginner snorkeler, then you can book the FUNdamentals of snorkelling course offered by the Irish Underwater Council.

Depending on how confident you are, you can try it out in a pool or in open water. If you and a group of pals want to do it together, you can organise a group class for six people or more, which is such a laugh.

To find out more and to book, click here.

2. Rafting On The Liffey

This is the definition of fun. What better way to get out in Dublin than by going rafting on the Liffey?

Rafting.ie set up this amazing experience back in 2009. They take you out onto the Liffey, just 20 minutes away from the city centre.

Basically, you and your pals have to work together to navigate the waters. It's a great bonding exercise and you'll probably be laughing about it for years to come.

3. Kayaking with Seals in Dalkey

Did you know that you can hang out with these delightful sea doggos out in Dalkey?

There are guided kayaking tours designed for beginners, where you will have the chance to see the stunning south Dublin coastline and hopefully chill with some seals.

The tours begin at 9.30am and 2pm daily and leave from Dalkey, and your booking can include prosecco and chocolates for your group.

4. Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding is easy enough to learn, and Pure Magic organises classes for anyone interested, no matter what your experience.

If you're celebrating an occasion or just wanting to get out and have the craic with your mates, they also organise group lessons.

And if that's not enough for you, they also offer kite surfing lessons and trips.

For more info and to book, check them out here.

5. Wake Boarding At The Docklands

This looks unbelievable! Based down at Dublin's Docklands, Wakedock is Ireland’s first cable wakeboard park.

Basically, you're pulled along a cable between two towers while you navigate a relatively mild obstacle course.

It's ideal for beginners, as the operator can drive the handle back to them and they can get up again right there.

To see more or to book, click here.

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