There are lots of great places to paddle in the Southwest. Kayaking is a popular recreational sport that covers a wide range of disciplines and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Why not give it a try and discover why so many people love spending time on the water?

Kayaking experiences : Introduction to kayaking courseDiscover Award : Explore Award : Introduction to White Water : White Water Award : FSRT

 

Bespoke fun sessions and kayak trips

Kayaking is great fun! We are delighted to offer taster sessions, trips and a fantastic introduction to kayaking. Be prepared to get wet and to have a great time with lots of fun and games thrown in, or alternatively we can organise a guided trip along a carefully selected waterway or coastline. Suitable for groups both large and small. A great family day out!

Cost: £30 per person

Dates:
12 April 2019

Contact us to arrange your own kayaking adventure. Whole day journeys also available on request.
Discounts available for large groups.

 

Sea kayaking guided trips

Enjoy some of the superb coastline of Somerset and Devon by sit-on-top kayak. The south coast has some of the best coast scenery in the region and you can enjoy it with a guided tour. The trip can also include mackerel fishing for those keen to take a few fishes home. We have some open sessions below, and we also welcome enquires from families and small groups for bespoke bookings at any other time. 

Cost: £35 per person

Dates:
29 June 2019
31 July 2019

Contact us to arrange your own kayaking adventure. Whole day journeys also available on request.

 

Introduction to Kayaking course

This course is a great all round introduction to kayaking. No previous experience is needed. This course will set you up with all the skills you need to take up this fantastic sport. All equipment is provided. The course takes place on calm sheltered waters near Taunton.

Contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange a date, or alternatively choose from one of the open session dates below.

Cost: £50 per person.

Course dates:
1 April 2019
6 May 2019
16 June 2019
5 August 2019

 

British Canoeing Discover Award

The Discover award (formerly 1 star) is an entry level paddlesport certificate offered by the British Canoe Union. This 1 day course takes place just outside Taunton and covers all the skills needed to achieve the Discover award.

The course:
During the course you develop a better understanding of the fundamentals of paddling. You will look at equipment, be introduced to a range of paddling strokes and skills, learn self-rescue techniques, gain confidence in paddling and undertake a journey. We do our best to tailor the course to your needs, and there will be plenty of time to practise and gain full confidence in all the newly taught skills. The day aims to develop your decision making and practical skills as you become a more skilled and independent paddler.

What to bring:
Your normal paddling gear if you have it and some lunch. If you need to hire a boat or paddling equipment this can be arranged for a minimal sum. The course will include the option of getting wet with practice capsizes and rescues, so you will need dry clothing for afterwards and appropriate paddling clothing for the season – feel free to ring to discuss.

We will supply:
All safety equipment, boat, paddling gear and wetsuit if required, and some expert friendly coaching!

Cost: £65 per person

Course dates:
1 April 2019
6 May 2019
5 August 2019

If the above dates are not suitable then do contact us to discuss your requirements as it is often possible to arrange extra dates.

 

British Canoeing Explore Award

The Explore Award (formerly 2 Star) is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on the water to become independent on the water, go on self-guided adventures and know how to control your craft and stay safe on the water. This 1 day course covers all the skills needed for the Explore Award and takes place on sheltered waters near to Taunton.

The course:
During the course you will look at equipment, paddling skills, rescue techniques and undertake a journey. We do our best to tailor the course to your needs, and there will be plenty of time to practise and gain full confidence in all the newly taught skills. In this award you will take ownership of your own decisions and learn to make confidence choices, based on the places you paddle, wind and weather.

What to bring:
Your normal paddling gear and some lunch. If you need to hire a boat or paddling equipment this can be arranged for a minimal sum. The course will include getting wet with practice capsizes and rescues, so you will need dry clothing for afterwards and appropriate paddling clothing for the season.

We will supply:
All safety equipment, the opportunity to try alternative craft, and some expert friendly coaching!

Cost: £70 per person

Course dates:
5 May 2019
12 August 2019

If the above dates are not suitable then do contact us to discuss your requirements as it is often possible to arrange extra dates.

 

Introduction to white water

Once you have mastered the basics on flat water you may be wanting to try your hand at paddling white water. This course is designed to make that introduction as you are led by a qualified BCU coach on a journey down a stretch of the river Dart or Barle.

The course:
During the course you will look at the equipment you may need for white water paddling, learn how to handle your boat on moving water, and be introduced to some basic rescue techniques. We do our best to tailor the course to your needs, and there will be plenty of time to practise and gain full confidence in all the newly taught skills.

What to bring:
Your normal paddling gear and some lunch. If you need to hire a boat or paddling equipment this can be arranged for a minimal sum. You will need dry clothing for afterwards and appropriate paddling clothing for the season.

We will supply:
All safety equipment and some expert friendly coaching!

Cost: £65

Course dates:
31 March 2019

If the above dates are not suitable then do contact us to discuss your requirements as it is often possible to arrange extra dates.

 

British Canoeing White Water Award

The White Water Award (formerly 3 star) award is designed to develop your skill, judgment and decision making on rivers up to grade 2. Previous paddling experience is essential and you should be competent at paddling on sheltered water prior to attending this course.

On this course we will help you to acquire the skills to proactively drive your boat in the dynamic white water environment, using the features confidently to move around the river. We will also consider equipment and preparation, and safety and rescue on the river. 

The syllabus for the White Water Award can be found here.

Our White Water Award courses are booked to order, and usually take place over 2 days on rivers in the southwest (around Dartmoor or Exmoor). Contact us for more details and to arrange your training or assessment.

 

FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training)

The Foundation Safety and Rescue Training focuses on giving you the skills to confidently and safely perform basic rescues and problem solve for scenarios that might crop up when paddling. The course takes place on flat water and you will have the opportunity to try out, and practice rescuing, a wide range of paddling craft including kayaks, canoes, sea kayaks, racing craft, sit-on-tops and SUPs. This course is invaluable for all paddlers, and is a prerequisite for those going on to the Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport. More details and the course syllabus are available here.

The course usually takes place over 1 day. We can arrange a course for any number from 2 to 12 participants. Our FSRT courses are arranged to order. To discuss your requirements and book a course please contact us.

Open courses:

Cost: £65

Course dates:
7 May 2019
9 August 2019

If the above dates are not suitable then do contact us to discuss your requirements as it is often possible to arrange extra dates.