The following paddles have been described in and around the Isle of Man. These descriptions are a brief guide only, and should not be used alone for trip planning purposes.
Buy Palm, Dagger and Ainsworth kayaking gear through Mobex. Mobex are a Manx children's charity specializing in outdoor activities for kids. All profits are ploughed straight back into Mobex.
myKAYAK is the Facebook group where you'll find many of the kayakers involved with KAYAK.im .If you are looking for a paddling partner on the Isle of Man, Paddle Buddy is a way of linking with local Manx sea kayakers, surf kayakers and river paddlers.
Detailed wind, temperature, precipitation, visibility and tide reports for the Isle of Man all in one handy place.
Interest in kayaking on the Isle of Man is booming. Local lakes, rivers and swimming pools provide excellent kayaking. Sea kayaking around the Manx coastline is amongst the best in the British Isles, and probably accounts for the bulk of local paddling. With it's steep cliffs, excellent beaches, tidal races, and plentiful and varied wildlife, the Isle of Man is earning a growing reputation in the sea kayaking world.
Whether you wish to take trips, play in ferocious tidal races or surf onto safe sandy beaches, you will find it all here. If you are a river kayaker then I'm afraid it's a different story. There are rivers, which with torrential rainfall, can become a challenging grade 5, but for the most part these remain neglected by paddlers in favour of the sea. There is a reservoir at West Baldwin where paddling takes place, but you require a licence from the Isle of Man Government. To my knowledge only one such licence has been granted.
There are a number of clubs and commercial operations on the Island which can help you get started. Paddle Buddy is an email group which puts kayakers in touch with each other. You would need your own gear, transport and to have reached a good standard of kayaking. Manx Paddle Sports also organise paddling events and can provide some coaching and equipment. There are two commercial operations, the Venture Centre of Maughold, and Adventurous Experiences of Peel, both of which can provide coaching and equipment. Finally, if you want to hire a sit upon kayak then this can be done at 7th Wave of Port Erin.
The pages listed above/left are a guide aimed at visitors to the Isle of Man. They provide information about where to find expedition locations, wildlife and tidal races. The trip descriptions are designed to provide a brief overview, and in no way substitute for comprehensive trip planning. The "guide" pages will be built up gradually, but at present there are eleven paddles described.
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