Kayaking is fun. Kayaking in the beautiful surroundings of Killarney, including Lough Leane and Innisfallen is something everyone should try at least once. I was so ignorant of the amazing nature that exists in my home county.
Back to the start.
I've had this love/hate relationship with water every since a very scary water incident as a kid. My fear of water meant that the sight of waves at a beach or in a movie would make me feel queasy.I've never gone on the outdoor slide at the Aqua Dome and one time I pretty much had a panic attack involving a pier and a tourist submarine on holidays (long story..) So naturally last Saturday I decided to go kayaking in the lakes of Killarney, including the deepest lake in Ireland.
Why? Because I felt like I was missing out on seeing a beautiful part of the world. I started swimming lessons again late last year and that definitely helped me with my fear of water but I knew I would have to get out of my comfort zone with water in ore.
If you don't have any issues with water than the day will be a breeze, still possibly tiring depending on your fitness but it's good to push yourself.
|One of my "oh Jesus" what am I doing in the water moments
Tips for Kayaking:
- Enjoy your adventure, be prepared to earn your lunch
- Bring a tasty lunch (you'll deserve it) and keep hydrated! ( I didn't and it did impact my energy levels, rookie mistake)
- Remember that it is highly unlikely you'll fall out, ask for help if you need it and you'll get it.
- Your arms may hurt but it's so so worth it! Doing some stretches when I got home helped.