Older generations falling back in love with kayaking

Older generations who are post retirement are falling back in love with the sport of kayaking, due to the therapeutic effects of being on the water.



Starting in Limerick, Ireland, the men and women who have rediscovered the joys of kayaking want to introduce the thrill of the sport to more people who have reached retirement.

Helen O’Dea, a 61-year-old nurse, said she had not tried the sport since she was a teenager but after an introductory session she was hooked. “I felt so confident. I am alive again, starting a new phase in my life, born again,” she said.

Brid O’Connell, 57, started kayaking over two years ago and will be white-water paddling in the Alps later this month to celebrate the end of her radiation treatment for cancer. She said, “It has become a passion and given me a new lease of life. I feel alive again.”

Those of the older generation who have started kayaking have praised the therapeutic effects and health benefits of the water sport, as it helps them build confidence, keeps them active and helps them to get out and interact with people who are also trying out the sport. Having a new hobby like kayaking is a great idea for those just getting into retirement.

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