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 course1 Star : 2 Star : Introduction to White Water : 3 Star : 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

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

 

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:
13 January 2018
12 February 2018
25 February 2018
22 April 2018
 

BCU 1 Star kayak course

The 1 Star award is the 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 1 Star award.

The course:
During the course you will look at equipment, be introduced to a range of paddling strokes and skills, learn self-rescue techniques, gain confidence in capsizing 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 details of what the BCU 1 Star includes may be found in the 1 Star syllabus.

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 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:
20 January 2018
25 February 2018
18 March 2018

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

 

BCU 2 Star kayak & canoe course

The 2 Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. This 2 day course covers all the skills needed for the BCU 2 Star and takes place in both kayaks and canoes 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. The details of what the BCU 2 Star includes, and the prerequisites, may be found in the 2 Star syllabus. At the end of the course candidates will receive a BCU certificate (£6 BCU members or £7 for non-members) or, if more work is required to achieve the desired standard, a personalised action plan.

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: £125 per person

Course dates:
1-2 February 2018
10-11 April 2018

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: £150 for up to 3 people

Contact us to arrange your introduction to white water.

 

BCU 3 Star White Water Kayak Award, training and assessment

With the 3 star award a paddler can consider themselves an intermediate level paddler, capable of paddling on moving waters as a competent part of a led group. The training and assessment takes place on moving waters up to grade two. To progress to the 3 star award you need to be fully competent at paddling on flat water and have previous experience of paddling on moving water up to grade two. The syllabus and further details are available here.

Prerequisites: 

  • At least 40 logged hours of paddling, over at least 8-10 sessions, in varied locations and including on waters up to grade two
  • Ability to consistently paddle to the standard expected of a 2 star paddler
  • Ability to swim confidently in moving water wearing normal paddling clothes

Our 3 star training and assessments are booked to order, and usually take place 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.