Corrib Canoe Courses are delighted to welcome 2 hugely qualified and experienced kayak instructors to the Summer 2018 program.
Our instructors hold high standards recognized and awarded by the Irish Canoe Union. In addition, each instructor has completed the Child Protection in Sport programme administered by the Irish Sports Council, are Garda Vetted, and hold Remote Emergency Care First Aid qualifications.
Please read the bio of your instructors for Corrib Canoe Courses Summer 2018.
Kevin Foynes took up kayaking at the age of 12 with Inish Adventures in Donegal. Over the next five years, he went on to kayak all over Ireland and even in the French Alps. During this time he trained to be an instructor under some of the most experienced kayakers in Ireland and the UK in a range of disciplines.
By the age of 16, he was in an instructing in a position of full responsibility in a range of dynamic environments. He became a qualified whitewater and sea kayak guide before the age of 18.
Kevin then moved to Galway to study Marine Science at NUIG. Here he fit right in at NUIG Kayak Club. He began competing for the club in a range of disciplines at the Irish Kayaking Intervarsities. Last year Kevin’s kayaking brought him once again to the French and Italian Alps. This time he completed the training for his level 5 kayak skills certificate, the highest kayak skills qualification there is to offer in Ireland. His high level of safety training led him to be elected as the club’s safety officer in 2016 and later. He contributed to the successful running of Corrib Canoe in 2016 and 2017 and no he is back once again for the 2018 season.
Robert took up kayaking in 2009 after joining his local kayak club. Since then Robert has developed an enormous passion for the sport of kayaking.
Robert’s love for the sport has taken him all over the world including paddling in Uganda, Canada, all over Europe and the British Isles. In 2015 Robert was selected to represent Ireland in the 2015 freestyle kayaking world championships as well as competing in European cups in recent years.
Robert is no stranger to instructing either, having worked as a kayak instructor since the age of 16 working in several kayak centres around Ireland including working here at Corrib Canoe. This year he is taking the reigns of Corrib Canoe and is back once again, eagerly anticipating another summer on the water!