Where can you go SUPing in Ireland? Do you need to live beside the coast to take advantage of this outrageous fun new sport they call SUPing? The good news to our landlocked readers is, no! You don’t need to have access to a beach or live close to the coast to SUP. Our paddleboards are usually 6″ thick and the fins are 9″ high, so you could potentially start SUPing in 1.5 feet of water if you really wanted to.
1. Paddle in a river
Living in Ireland has it’s advantages for paddle boarding. There are plenty of accessible rivers to paddle on. You can’t throw a stone without landing in a river. Just make sure to avoid any hazards. We usually paddle around any potential hazards and hop out of the river to walk around any obstacles such as locks or weirs. Paddling in one direct with the river’s current from one location to another is best. This way you don’t need to turn around and paddle against the current.
2. Paddle in a lake
Just like rivers, you won’t have to go too far to find a lake in Ireland to paddle around. Lakes are usually quite still which is perfect for SUPing. Remember, lakes can get very deep in parts – always wear a life vest or buoyancy aid in water.
3. Paddle in the sea
Ah the sea, when it’s calm and warm our ocean is an amazing place to SUP. In Ireland though, the perfect conditions are rare. If you do decide to paddle in the sea be mindful of your surroundings. Watch out for rocks above/below the waterline and other potential hazards. The current in the sea is strong and dangerous so don’t venture out too far unless you are comfortable in water. Watch out for underwater and rip currents. Investing in a wet suit might not be the worst idea if you intend sea SUPing.
Always wear a life vest or buoyancy aid in water.