Past Events:

Junior Bladers

Come and experience the thrilling sport of sprint kayaking and develop your paddling skills.

Commencement of programme Saturday 21st June at Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen from 1pm – 4pm.

Weekly sessions will continue from Tuesday 24th June from 7pm – 8pm and 8pm – 9pm.

All sessions will be conducted by BCU qualified coaches and the programme is aimed at boys and girls aged 10 -14.

Registration £40 for first 5 sessions including club membership (£25 for club members) and £5 per session after. Registration is limited to 16 based on a 1:4 coaching ratio.


Call 07434415096 or email

All Ireland Marathon Kayak National Championships 2014

Sat 19th & Sun 20th July 2014

Hosted by Erne Paddlers

In association with CANI and Canoe Marathon Ireland

Venue: The Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh (same as 2012). Directions and maps can be found at BT74 7BA.

Masters: aged 35 years or over on 1/1/2014.

Course: Deep calm waters of Lough Erne with mostly natural reeded banks. Courses of 12km (or more) will include the scenic and exciting loop of the town. Water suitable for understern rudders, however, shallows may be found along the banks or in proximity to bridge legs. Cruisers may be on the course.

Fees: £10 senior / £5 junior - per person per race. Novice race free.

Children: The Novice 2km race is a short race for children too young or inexperienced to do the 8km course – parents remain responsible for their safety, and paddlers must wear buoyancy aids and be able to swim.

Safety: Race briefing is required for all competitors – your own responsibility to attend. Rules of navigation must be adhered to. ICU safety rules apply. Neither the organisers nor the CANI/BCU/ICU accept responsibility for any damage or loss to persons or equipment. ICU/CANI/BCU membership cards/numbers required when entering, or purchase CANI day membership for insurance purposes. Rules:

Organisers: Trevor Foster, Harry Harrington, Gerry Murphy & Sonja Cassidy – contact at, or see and our Facebook page.

Saturday 19/7/14

1000 Registration opens

1200 Registration closes

1230 Novice K1 race – 2km (no portage) – short briefing just prior to start


1330 National Championship K1 racing begins:

            21km 3 portages    Senior men

            16km 2 portages    U18 men, Senior women

            12km 1 portage      Masters, U18 women, Div 3

            8km    0 portage      Div 4, U15 boys, U15 girls

1700 approximately Prize Giving

Sunday 20/7/14

0830 Registration opens

0945 Registration closes

1000 Novice K1/K2 race – 2km (no portage) – short briefing just prior to start


1100 National Championship K2 racing begins:

            21km 3 portages    Senior men

            16km 2 portages    U18 men, Senior women

            12km 1 portage      Masters, U18 women, Div 3

            8km    0 portage      Div 4, U15 boys, U15 girls

1530 approximately Prize Giving


Enniskillen is a hive of tourism and as such there are very many options for accommodation – check out to find what suits you best. The list below is just an unchecked selection taken from Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre 02866323110. Erne Paddlers & the race organisers do not specifically recommend any of them – it’s up to you!


Castle Island – there is the option of camping on the Island opposite the forum – where the portage was in 2012, and should be again this year. This will be very ‘rough & ready’ camping with no access into the buildings/facilities. We hope to have a ‘portaloo’ on the Island but that’ll be it!

Share Centre -, 028 67722122 – the venue of our 2013 race, approx. 20mins from Enniskillen

Castle Archdale –, 028 68621333 – on the shores of Lower Lough Erne, 10miles from Enniskillen

Drumhoney –, 028 68621892 – 9 miles from Enniskillen

Blaney –, 028 68641634 – 8 miles from Enniskillen


Share Discovery Village –, 02867722122 - 13 ensuite bedrms (4 beds per room)

The Clinton Centre – – you might have to be an educational tourist to book this hostel???? Situated in Enniskillen on the loop of the town section of the course.


The Killyhevlin Hotel –, 02866323481 – lovely spa hotel on edge of Enniskillen town and situated on the Lough ½mile above the top turn of the race.

The Manor House –, 02868622200 – lovely spa hotel on Lower Lough Erne approx. 10mins from Enniskillen.

Lough Erne Resort –, 02866323230 – very posh spa golf resort about 5mins from Enniskillen. Home of the G8 summit 2013.

The Westville Hotel –, 02866320333 – in Enniskillen.

The Enniskillen Hotel –, 02866322953 – in Enniskillen.

Belmore Court & Motel –, 02866326633 – in Enniskillen.

The Railway Hotel –, 02866322084, – in Enniskillen.


Lackaboy House –, 02866322488 – outskirts of Enniskillen.

Ashwood House –, 02866323019 – outskirts of Enniskillen.

Drumcoo House –, 02866326672 – in Enniskillen.

Rossole Guesthouse –, 02866323462 – outskirts Enniskillen.

Tower View –, 02866323959 – in Enniskillen.

Viewpoint –, 02866327321 – outskirts of Enniskillen.

Mountview –, 02866323147 – outskirts of Enniskillen.

Rossahilly House –, 02089940881 – up to 14 guests fully catered or self-catered, outskirts of Enniskillen.

Willowbank House –, 02866328582 – 10mins from Enniskillen.

Longfields Lodge –, 02868628788 – 7 miles from Enniskillen.

Bonnieview – Prop. Mrs Elizabeth McIntosh 02868621570 – 8 miles from Enniskillen.

Abocurragh Farm Guesthouse –, 02866348484 – 8 miles from Enniskillen.


Self Catering:

Westville Watersedge Appts –, 02866320333 – outskirts of Enniskillen

Killyhevlin Hotel Chalets – 02866323481 – includes use of the health club at the hotel and is on the Lough ½ mile above the top turn!

Corralea Cottages –, 02866386123 – on Lough MacNean approx. 15miles from Enniskillen.

The Lodge at Lough Erne –, 02866326633 – sleeps 6+2kids, 10mins from Enniskillen.

Mullinahinch Farmhouse –, 02868641340 – 2 twin and 1 dble bedrms, 12 miles from Enniskillen.

Rhubarb Cottage – Prop. Korena Byrne 02866323090 or 07715 326005 – 2 bedrms for up to 5/6 people, 4 miles from Enniskillen on the B82 to Kesh.


Take a break in Fermanagh

Why not stay for longer? There’s plenty to see and do in Enniskillen and Fermanagh in July. Here’s a selection of local events in the week before, and after, the Nationals for those who would like to stay that little bit longer. Note: dates/details may change, please check before attending.

Summer Extravaganza at Share Discovery Village 1 July – 31 August Exciting and innovative summer activity programme available for day visitors to Fermanagh.

Corralea’s Summer Buzz 1 July – 31 August 02866386123. Daily exciting programme of outdoor activities for the whole family. Open to residents and non-residents. Bigger and better this year: Corralea’s wipe out… The biggest waterpark in Ireland with water slides, trampolines, katapult and much more.

Belvoir Players present ‘The Auction in Killybuck’ by Louis J Walsh 17, 18, 19 July. Holywood Players present ‘A Party to Murder’ by Marcia Cash and Douglas E. Hughes 25, 26 July. Both at The Ardhowen Theatre (at the top turn of the race!) 02866325440.

Enniskillen Castle Museums 02866325000.

The National Trust have 3 properties in/around Enniskillen – Castle Coole 02866322690, Florence Court 02866348249 and Crom 02867738118.

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark 02866348855.

Janus Figure and Boa Island – in Caldragh Cemetary on Boa Island stand 2 pagan idols in stone. Further info from Fermanagh Tourist information centre 02866323110.

Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre 02868659300

The Buttermarket – Art Craft and Design Studios in the heart of Enniskillen. Café on site too.

Sat 12 July ‘Living History – Digging About’ at Enniskillen Castle Museums 2.30-3.30pm. Have a go at unearthing treasures similar to those uncovered at Drumclay Crannog. 02866325000.

Sun 13 & Sun 27 July ‘Early Life on an Island’ – Devenish Monastic Site 1-5pm. Meet the early Christian Monk and learn about his way of life. Boats available from Trory (Irvinestown Rd) and The Round ‘O’. Further info 02890543030.

Sun 13 July ‘Music in the Courtyard’ at Castle Archdale Country Park 12-5pm. Live music, several bands, different music genres. Further info 02868621588.

Sun 27 July Woodland Wildlife Walk at Marble Arch Natural Nature Reserve 2-4pm. Booking essential. Contact 02866348855.

Sun 27 July Guided Tour of Enniskillen Castle 2.30-3.30pm 02866325000.

A variety of Cookery Courses/workshops including for kids (14, 15 July), BBQs (16, 19 July) and Cakes (19 July) by The Belle Isle Cookery School, Lisbellaw. Further info from

Lady of the Lake Festival 11-20 July Irvinestown 02868621656. The festival theme is based on a mysterious lady who was known to glide over the waters of Lower Lough Erne. It provides mystery and entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

Marie Curie Truck Convoy 18-20 July Irvinestown 02868621656. This truck convoy raises money for Marie Curie and is part of the Irvinestown Lady of the Lake festival. Up to 500 trucks take part.

Beckett Festival 31 July – 10 August Enniskillen The world’s first annual festival to celebrate the work and influence of Nobel Prize winning writer Samuel Beckett.

And much, much more! Visit 02866323110 or for more information including special offers, accommodation & events.

Parents Info Evening

An opportunity for parents to find out about the club and ask questions about upcoming kids pool and river courses.

Fri 28 Sept, 8 PM, Fermanagh House - postponed to next week, details to follow.

Booking info to follow. Enquiries to Jon - treasurer[at]


1st Kids Kayak Klub / fun sessions starting Fri 5th Oct 2012....Suit Primary Age Children, 8yrs+

Price: £50 (inclusive of membership untill end Dec 2012)
Venue: Fivemiletown College Pool
Duration: 6 Fri evenings, 1 hour sessions
Times: 6.30 - 7.30pm (arrive & change at 6:15 pm)
Dates: Fridays, October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, - November 2nd, 9th.
Maximum participants: 12

1st Beginners course starting Fri 5th Oct 2012:.......
Suit Secondry Age Children
Price: £78 (inclusive of membership untill end Dec 2012)
Venue: Fivemiletown College Pool
Duration: 6 Friday evenings, 1 hour sessions
Times: 7.30 - 8.30 plus (arrive & change at 7:15pm)
Dates: Fridays October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, - November 2nd, 9th.
Maximum participants: 12

1st Rolling course - starting Thu 15th November 2012
Price: £120 (not including membership, required. Previous paddling experience also required)
Coach: Paul Harry Harrington, BCU L5
Venue: Fivemiletown College Pool
Duration: 6 Thursday evenings, 2 hour+ sessions
Times: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm (with some extended practice time afterwards) (arrive & change at 6.15pm)
Dates: November 15th, 22nd, 29th, December 6th, 13th, 20th.

Maximum participants: 8


Kayak Polo Indoor Lakeland Forum Pool (1st block of 6)- starting Tue 2th Oct 2012
Price: £30 (not including membership,
required. Previous paddling experience also required)

Venue: Enniskillen Lakeland Forum Pool
Duration: 6 Tuesday evenings, 1 hour sessions
Times: 9.30 - 10.30, arrive 8:45 PM
Dates: Tuesdays, October 2nd, 16th, 30th, November 13th, 27th, December 11th.

Participants: 10 - 12 max
Any Spare places on the night at £7.50


General members sessions / polo training (Oct / March) and (Post beginners

Price: £35
(not including membership, required. Previous paddling experience
also required)

Duration: 7 Tuesday Evenings, 1 hour sessions
Times: 9.30 pm - 10.30 pm, arrive 8:45 pm
Dates: Tuesdays, October 9th, November 20th,
December 18th, January 29th, February 26th, March 12th, March 26th.

Maximum 12 kayaks
Any Spare places on the night at £7.50

Annual Friends & Family Day
Saturday 21st July at the Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen.  All welcome but let me know that you are coming otherwise you will miss out on the BBQ!
Trevor, Mob 07850590019 or secretary[at]
Kindly sponsored by WaterWaysIreland
Erne Paddlers Marathon race info here:  Marathon Race 2012

Erne Paddlers Chilrden's Summer Scheme info here:  Summer Scheme 2012

Erne Paddlers Marathon race info here: Marathon Race 2012
New courses for January to April 2012

These courses are greatly subsidised thanks to a Sport NI grant and will run at a token cost to participants.

We've tried to include something for everyone, so have a read down, choose the courses that suit you and book by returning this Booking Form as soon as possible.  It is important we fill as many of these courses as possible and make full use of the grant aid.  Please take advantage of this great offer, support your club and enjoy the opportunity to go canoeing and gain new skills under the expert guidance of our qualified coaches.

The courses start at the beginning of January and will be filled on a first come first served basis.  Please complete and return the booking form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.   If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch by email (email at ernepaddlers dot org dot uk) or through the forum  (please include subject reference: 'booking query' and your name).


All sessions for club members only. New members must have completed the beginners pool course before any other sessions; unless through proven ability with a club coach. Two star or similar standard required for Introductory Surf, River, Sea, Open Canoe sessions.

Beginners Pool Course  - fully booked
Venue:  Fivemiletown College pool
Duration: 8 Friday evenings
Times: Beginners  6:45 - 8.00, advanced beginners 7:45 to 9:00 pm (for a minimum of 1 hour pool time)
Participants:  no prior experience necessary. 8 - 12 people
Kayaks:  six - shared
Dates:  January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Participant Subsidised fee: £3 per session (Total in advance £24)

Improvers / Rolling Pool Course  - fully booked
Venue:  Fivemiletown College Pool
Duration: 8 Wednesday evenings
Times:  7.00 - 9.00 (for a minimum of 1 hour pool time)
Participants:  must have completed beginners pool course. 8 - 12 people
Kayaks:  six average sharing
Dates:  January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Participant Subsidised fee: £3 per session (Total in advance £24)

Over 50's Come And Try It Pool Sessions
Venue:  Fivemiletown College Pool
Duration: 1 Wednesday evening and 1 Friday evening
Times:  7.00 - 9.00 (for a minimum of 1 hour pool time)
Participants:  no prior experience necessary.  8 - 12 people
Kayaks:  six average sharing
Dates:  February Wednesday 29th and 2nd group,  March Friday  2nd 
Participant Subsidised fee: £3 for session

Kayak Polo Pool Course  - fully booked
Enjoy the thrills and spills of Canoe Polo in the warmth and comfort of  Fermanagh Lakeland Forum Swimming Pool, starting on Thursday 5 January 2012 and continuing for 10 weeks.  The pool sessions will be followed by further sessions on open water outside the Forum.  All participants need to have completed the beginners’ pool course or have a similar level of competence.  Polo kayaks and equipment will be provided.

Note that you don’t have to be an advanced paddler or able to roll to play

Venue: Enniskillen Forum pool
Duration: 10 Thursday evenings 
Times:  9.30 - 10.30 
Participants:  must have completed beginners pool course.  10 - 20 people
Polo Kayaks:  10 
Dates:  January 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th,
             February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
             March 1st, 8th, 
Participant Subsidised fee: £3 per session (Total in advance £30 for 10 session block)

Kayak Polo Outdoor Course
Venue: Enniskillen Forum Loughside - on the water
Duration: 3 Tuesday evenings plus 3 Friday evenings (total 6)
Times:  7.30 - 8.30 
Participants:  10 
Polo Kayaks:  10 
Dates:  Tuesdays - March 13th, 20th, 27th
             Fridays - March 16th, 23rd, 30th
Participant Subsidised fee: £3 per session (Total in advance £18 for 6 session block)

Easy Day Trips - canoes and kayaks
Info:  An easy paddle in the club open boats and seakayaks.  The trip will be guided and with coaching as appropriate.  This is a great oppertunity to get out on the lake in a safe and friendly environment for an enjoyable days paddling.  Ideal for club members first open water paddle or for those looking to gain a litttle more experience.
Pre-requisites: Club membership and attended a club pool course or similar.
Kit: The club can provide kayaks/canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and helments.  Please bring your own personal paddling wear (wetsuit or fleeces and waterproofs, hats, gloves, etc), spare warm dry clothes and a packed lunch.
Meeting: At the forum car park 10 AM, return by 4 PM latest.
Booking: Essential - Booking Form
Further info: Please email enquiries to or call Grace on +353879445716
Venue: Fermanagh loughs
Duration: 4 seperate Sundays
Times: poss. 10.00 - 3.00
Participants:  Must have competed beginners pool course. 16 people max
Club Kayaks, Sea, Opens & personal:   (club kit & plus personal)
Dates:  January 1st  (postponed),  January 29th,  Febuary 26th, March 4th (new date), March 25th
Participant Subsidized fee: £5  per day

Introduction to moving water days: River / Sea / Surf/ Open Canoe
Venue: Fermanagh loughs and rivers and Donegal beaches
Duration: 3 separate Sundays plus 1 Saturday
Times: poss. 8.30 - 5.30  (inclusive travel etc)
Participants:  Must be CANI 2 star or paddling at that standard.  12 people max
Club Kayaks, Sea, Open Canoes & personal:   (club kit plus personal)
Participant Subsidized fee: £5  per day

Date:  January 15th
Description: An intro to surfing a kayak or waveski at a safe beach lead by qualified and experienced coaches.  Erne Paddlers can supply general purpose kayaks, spraydecks, paddles, buoyancy aids and helmets but participants must have their own wetsuits or other suitable paddle kit for winter paddling.
Pre-requisites: No surf experience is necessary and this is a great opportunity for club members to enjoy their first surf or develop their surfing skills.
Meeting: At the forum car park 9:00 AM or Rossnowlagh Car Park, 10:30 AM, Return by 6 PM latest.
Booking: Essential - Booking Form
Further info: Please email enquiries to or call lead surf coach Harry on 077201714873

Sea Kayak:
Date:  Febuary 12th
Date:  March 11th
Open boat:
Date:  March 31st

Please fill in and rerun this Booking Form as soon as possible

Link to booking form:

Beginners Course

Open to all

Improvers Course

Club members only

Open Sessions

Club members only

Monday night - Beginners 'Coached' course : For new paddlers / novices - no experience necessary

For those interested in taking up or just trying out the fantastic watersport of KAYAKING in a relaxed and safe, indoor environment.

A good introduction course from the basics and advancing - foundation of skills and confidence. Pool Course achievement certificate awarded.

Dates:  6 week course: Mondays,  November 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, followed by December 5th and 12th. 

Venue: Five Mile Town College Pool.

Times: 7 - 9 pm - to be confirmed
Equipment: All kayaks & necessary kit / paddles provided. Limited to 12 participants - (often working in pairs.)

Adults £120 - includes club membership  (which also covers CANI affiliated membership, insurance and many other benefits)

Adults (benefits/low income): £105, inc membership

U18's: £90, inc membership

By Booking only and information / queries by email for attention of treasurer: or call Jon on 02866341399

Booking form attached to the bottom of this webpage (scroll down)

Thursday night-  Improvers 'Coached' course,

For those moving beyond the beginners course as minimum requirement & wishing to build on personal and advancing skills.

Venue: Five Mile Town College Pool.

Times: 7:30 to 9 PM - to be confirmed

Equipment: All Kayaks & paddles provided
6 boats max. with 12 paddlers max. sharing / working together.

Dates: 5 week course. Thursdays, November 17, 24 and December 1, 8 and 15th

Costs: Adults £65 for course
           Adults (benefits/low income): £55
           Under 18's: £55   
By Booking only and information / queries by email for attention of treasurer: or call Jon on 02866341399

Booking form attached to the bottom of this webpage (scroll down)

Tuesday nights -  club open session

For all members who have completed a pool course as a minimum requirement.

These are non-coached pool session to allow competent paddlers to pracitse their skills, rollling, etc. A volunteer qualified coach will be there to cover safety
Dates: Initially two days to start up - 1st and 3rd of November - book early pay on night.

However, main block as below:
6 week course: Tuesdays, November 8th, 15th, 22st and 29th, followed by December 6th and 13th 

Venue: Five Mile Town College Pool.
Times: 7:30 to 9:PM - To be confirmed

Equipment:All Kayaks & paddles provided (possibly others can be used by agreement, if cleaned appropriatly)
6 - 8 boats max. with 7 paddlers minimum and 12 paddlers max.
Costs:  £36 total for block of 6 sessions, in advance.
By Booking only and information / queries by email for attention of or call Jon on 02866341399

Booking form attached to the bottom of this webpage (scroll down)


Autumn Beginner's Pool Course - Lakeland Forum

Erne Paddlers' popular pool course is running again this autumn.
Due to the numbers of people asking to join the club, we will only be taking in novice paddlers through the pool course.
If you want to join the club and are new(ish) to paddling this is the course for you - book soon to avoid disappointment.

Dates: October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, November  4th, 11th.
Times: Friday nights, 9:00 to 10:45 PM
Location: Lakeland Forum
Cost: Adult - £80 (£65 for course, £15 for club membership) / Junior - £70 (£65 for course, £5 for Club membership) / Family - for families of 3 or more, children's rate is £50 each
Prerequisites: An interest in kayaking and joining the club - no paddling experience necessary.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Booking form: attached at the bottom of this page or contact Steve by email at chair at ernepaddlers dot org dot uk 


National Trails Day

CANI Recreational Paddle - Upper Lough Erne

Erne Paddlers are hosting a FREE recreational paddle, open to all, for CANI.  Please book with CANI for this trip - details below.

For full text please click the link below:

Event Name CANI Recreational Paddle - Upper Lough Erne

Event Date Sun 2nd Oct 2011
Location Lake Land Forum - Enniskillen
Theme Recreational Canoe Trip
Description of event Enjoy a relaxed canoe trip on Upper Lough Erne.  This paddle trip is open to families, clubs, and paddlers of all ages and abilities and can be done in any type of craft. The days paddle will be relaxed, with a few breaks and pleasant lunch stop in the middle. You are welcome to bring your own equipment or alternatively it can be provided free of charge on request when booking.  So whether you’re an old pro or keen novice sign up now for what is sure to be a fun filled day floating on the river.  For further details please visit the CANI website  
Host organisation(s) Erne Paddlers / CANI
Contact name Siobhan Gilfedder
Phone number 02890738884
Email address

Website address

Nearest town and county Enniskillen
Meeting point Lake Land Forum Carpark beside bridge
How to get there
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Is pre-registration required? Yes, you need to book your place on this trip with CANI
Time of event 11.00am - 2.00pm
Duration 3 Hours
Suitable for Families w older children > 4
Instructions You will need to bring waterproofs, outdoor footwear, change of clothes and packed lunch.

Canoes, Paddles and Buoyancy aids can be booked (free of charge) with CANI for the trip.

All children must be accompanied by an adult/guardian during this event.

All small children must have their own Buoyancy Aid that fits.