Donegal Paddlesport Club

The DSSP club is a dedicated paddlesport club which operates throughout the county of Donegal. We mainly paddle sea and surf using sit in kayaks. Some of our members will also stray onto river kayaking over the wintertime. Our club trips/training normally run throughout the year and the activity varies depending on the forecasted weather conditions and the makeup of participants and their skill levels.  Our membership consists of both novice kayakers and paddlers who have competed at national and international level. We normally take on new unexperienced members through our beginner swimming pool safety and skills course held in Ballybofey each January. If you are a more experienced kayaker with your own equipment ( sit in kayak ) it’s possible to join anytime throughout the year.

DSSP Club News.

The DSSP club is volunteer led

The club can only continue with the dedication of its members, committee and its qualified kayak coaches and leaders who oversee and implement the club’s trips and training in coastal paddling. The club runs on very limited funds and resources and has to beg and borrow to keep operating at the high level and standard it has set itself and it’s only mainly for the fact of club members fundraising that keeps the club operating. We also have to say a big thank you for the help we have received from Canoeing Ireland, Alan Reed design and Sea Kayaking Donegal for their continuing help and assistance.

Kayak safety advice.

To ensure safe paddling at all times the DSSP advises to follow the guidelines as laid out by the sports governing body Canoeing Ireland. More details can be found here.

Registered Kayak Provider Scheme

DSSP is a progressive kayaking sports club operating in Co. Donegal. The safety and wellbeing of our members and the paddling community and members of the public are very important to us. With this in mind we are currently undertaking research into  kayaking providers in our area. Part of the research will be highlighting the issue of safe practice and best practice involving being registered as a kayak coach/leader with the sports governing bodies in Ireland, to work within their group ratios, and abide by the guidelines that are set out for the sport.  We will be also compiling information on what type of canoeing and kayaking is available and who is providing/operating such activities/services including clubs, community activities and providers. We hope that the information we compile will bring awareness and transparency to the kayaking sector and provide safety for all involved. To view the current west Donegal kayak provider list here

About us

Donegal sea and surf kayak club is a group of like minded people affiliated with Canoeing Ireland and dedicated to sea and surf kayaking along the the west coast of Donegal Ireland.


Club secretary donegalseaandsurf@gmail.com