Water sports

at Belfast Boat Club


belfast boat club is the only place to be for canoeing, kayaking & paddle boarding.

PADDLESPORTS at belfast boat club

We’re perfectly positioned at Belfast Boat Club to use the beautiful section of the River Lagan which meanders through Belfast along the Annadale, Stranmillis & Ormeau Embankments, and our paddling programmes will enable people of all ages to enjoy that resource for mental and physical health and wellbeing through the medium of paddlesports (canoeing, kayaking ;& stand up paddleboarding)

Participants will see the area from the unique perspective of the river, including local birds (perhaps a graceful heron or the flash of vivid blue as a kingfisher darts past), and you might even catch a glimpse of Sammy, our friendly seal!



We have a variety of courses available throughout the year to suit all levels and ages including:

  • Over 50s courses
  • Adult starter courses
  • New You womens course
  • Lunchtime Paddle
  • Youth Starter courses
  • Holiday camps
  • After Schools Club

All of these courses are open to members and non-members with members able to benefit from up to 50% discount.  For more details on current courses or to book a place click here.

Belfast Boat Club Paddlers

Belfast Boat Club Paddlers is the newest Paddlesports club in Northern Ireland, and we are inviting new members to join. It’s a club with a difference. While our main focus is getting out on the water on your craft of choice (canoe, kayak or paddleboard), members will also have access to the fantastic facilities at Belfast Boat Club, Stranmillis:- one of Belfast’s longest established and most highly regarded sports clubs

Situated on the banks of the Lagan at Stranmillis weir, members have easy access to the River Lagan, with a choice of

  1. Paddling downstream from the weir, under 5 bridges towards the city centre at the Lagan Weir (and you can keep going along Belfast Lough and out to sea if you wish), or
  2. Going upstream from the weir towards Shaw’s bridge. This section of river is much more rural, and the beauty of the scenery from the perspective of the river is awe inspiring

We have a weekly club night on a Thursday evening from March to October. For more information please email info@belfastboatclub.com

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book a course using our online booking system



complete beginners to experienced rowers – belfast boat club is the only place to be.

Rowing at belfast boat club

Set on the beautiful River Lagan, Belfast Boat Club has a state of the art boat house and a fleet of modern boats which are enjoyed by both competitive and social rowers  all year round. Never rowed before? Rowing is available for all levels and we offer trial sessions if you’d like to try it out.

Belfast Boat Club hosts Rowing Ireland’s High Performance Academy. Our novice and junior squads consist of all ages. The main focus of these squads is to learn to row and race while enjoying the social side of the sport. It’s a great way to get fit and meet new people. Coaching is available for all ages and levels from experienced rowers.

The Belfast Boat Club Masters squads are made up of oarsmen and women who train all year round and compete throughout Ireland, the UK and beyond.

Whether you have rowed before and would like to get back into the sport or you’d like to try something new get in touch and we will find the right rowing option for you.


‘Try Rowing’ sessions are run periodically through the year and are open to members and non-members. Keep an eye on our news section and social media for details or email info@belfastboatclub.com.

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