Kayak clubs pro­vide safety cover for 600 swim­mers

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THE Poulaphouca Pad­dlers pro­vided res­cue cover at the open wa­ter swim held at Glen­dalough on Satur­day and Sun­day along­side Balto Kayak Club.

The Pad­dlers were just re­cently re­named hav­ing been ini­tially known as Lacken Kayak Club.

Donal O’Brien was the co­or­di­na­tor for the Poulaphouca Pad­dlers, while Chris O’Loan led the Balto Kayak Club.

‘Nor­mally kayak­ing is not per­mit­ted on this lake so there was no prob­lem get­ting an ex­pe­ri­enced and ded­i­cated crew to­gether,’ said Donal.

There is al­ready strong re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two clubs af­ter they both held a mas­sive heat­wave party ear­lier this sum­mer in­volv­ing 50 ju­nior mem­bers out on the wa­ter.

The joint safety and res­cue team pro­vided safety for over 600 swim­mers across three events in Glen­dalough. Con­di­tions were a lit­tle chal­leng­ing with wind pick­ing up on Sun­day and keep­ing the kayak­ers busy.

Poulaphouca Pad­dlers re­lo­cated to Rus- sel­stown Bay be­side Russ­bor­ough House at the start of the sum­mer sea­son. They have op­er­ated on the Poulaphouca Reser­voir for over ten years and now no longer op­er­ate from Lacken. Club mem­ber­ship has ex­ploded over the sum­mer months.

Or­lagh Dee­gan, sec­re­tary of the club, said: ‘Mem­ber­ship has grown be­cause of a com­bi­na­tion of the heat wave and a more ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion.

Ex­plain­ing her rea­son for join­ing, new mem­ber Melissa Fisher said: ‘it’s such an ad­dic­tive sport I cant be­lieve there are not more adults in the club’.

The next big ad­ven­tures for the club are Ju­nior Pad­dle­fest Week­end in Rath­drum for Un­der-18 mem­bers and Cran­fest in Bun­crana, County Done­gal for the adult sec­tion of the club in Oc­to­ber. . New adult mem­bers will also be made feel wel­come. If you are in­ter­ested in join­ing con­tact Or­lagh on (087) 6441174 or email poula­phu­ca­pad­dlers@gmail.com.

Colum Lough­lin Doyle, Or­lagh Dee­gan and Ciaran Dee­gan.

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