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Water sports in Galway

Water sports to enjoy when you learn English in Galway

Water sports to enjoy when you learn English in Galway

Galway is a beautiful city and a well-known harbour city on Ireland’s west coast. Galway is famous for its vibrant lifestyle and various festivals taking place throughout the year, but there is another reason to choose Galway for your study abroad destination, especially in the summer months. It is the perfect location to try several water sports! Here’s our list of top 5 water sports to enjoy when you learn English in Galway:


Although Galway or indeed Ireland, in general, might not come to your mind when someone says beach holiday, you can actually enjoy some really stunning sandy beaches close to Galway. In the summer, many of them offer safe swimming conditions and are supervised by qualified lifeguards. The sea in Galway is warmest in August, but with an average temperature of only 15°C, swimming there will still be very refreshing.


One of the passions of Irish people who live on the coast, if you want to enjoy a beautiful day on the sea but don’t want to jump into the water, sailing may be the perfect option for you. There are several sailing trips and also sailing courses available to both kids and adults in Galway.

water sports in Galway - sailing

You can also choose to go on a short fishing trip locally and get to keep what you catch. It is also possible to arrange longer trips such as sailing all the way to the Aran Islands.


Have you ever considered kayaking? Galway is the perfect place for it! You don’t need to travel anywhere, you can kayak on the river Corrib, right in the heart of Galway. Kayaking is a great and fun activity for adults and children alike and it’s also a great way to explore beautiful Galway from a different perspective.


The west of Ireland is famous for being one of the best surfing destinations in Europe so if you want to try surfing while you learn English in Galway, you’re at the right place. Some of the best surfing beaches on the west coast are just a short drive from Galway. You will need a thick wetsuit as the water can be quite cold.


Coast steering is one of the lesser-known water sports, but it’s becoming more popular especially in the Galway area. What exactly is it? Simply put – it’s exploring the rocky coast on foot or by swimming, without the help of boats or other vessels. You have to get through both rocky and aquatic areas which usually leads to jumping into the water and swimming around steep rocky parts you can’t access by foot or the other way round. You might be forced to climb out of water and hike for a bit if the water’s too rough. It sounds like a lot of work but it’s great fun!

water sports in Galway - coast steering

If you’d like to enjoy these water sports while you learn English in Galway, check out what International House Galway has to offer. It’s one of the newest additions to the IH World family and they offer year-round programmes for adults as well as summer courses for children.

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