Family Kayaking Adventure

Family kayaking adventures run in Sussex and Kent. Take the whole family out on the water and learn how to kayak.

Make a Splash With Your Family on a Kayaking Adventure

Take the whole family out for a day and learn to kayak, what better way to spend more time together as a family than by taking up a new hobby? Kayaking can be enjoyed by everyone, young and old alike, and spending time as a family surrounded by the calming atmosphere and beauty of the water is an experience not to be missed.

Whether you’re wanting to try kayaking with a view to taking it up as a hobby or just want to have a fun-filled family day out, the course will be tailored to your abilities and aspirations. Booking as a family group you will get your own experienced and qualified instructor who will work with you personally and teach you the basics, giving you useful tips and tricks along the way. You will learn how to paddle correctly, learn what to do if you capsize and get the opportunity to play a few games!

You will be guaranteed to finish your day buzzing with a real sense of achievement and confidence when you look back at the new skills you and your family have acquired, and may even be planning your next kayaking adventure...!

If you fancy a different type of family adventure why not take a look at our Family Climbing Adventure? Or why not try one of our river trips and go on an adventurous journey along some of Sussex and Kent’s most picturesque rivers.

Family Kayaking Experience Photos

To view photos from some of our previous family kayaking experiences, please click here.

During the experience we will cover

  • Safety awareness
  • Equipment selection
  • Kayaking techniques
  • Rescue techniques
  • Capsize drills
  • Games





Group Size

Up to 2 Adults and 2 Children


April - October.

Wier Wood Reservoir near East Grinstead

Equipment Supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment supplied (except for wetsuits etc.)

Equipment Needed

Suitable clothing for the time of year should be worn. A complete change of clothes or a wetsuit with appropriate footwear is also needed. We will provide you with a kit list.

Must be able to swim 50m fully clothed (2 lengths of a standard pool).
Min Age - 8+ is recommended (Must be accompanied by a participating parent or legal guardian).
Max Weight - 15 stone (95kg)
Max Height - 6ft 2" (188cm)

A really fun day Kayaking, I booked a Kayaking experience with Tom for my family (youngest child 9 years old), have never been before so didn't really know what to expect. Tom was great, he showed us the ropes, made us feel very safe and made it a fun exciting day.

Charlie C

This activity was so much fun! Tom was an excellent, safe and professional instructor and kept us entertained and laughing throughout with the brilliant games/activities he organised. Suitable for the whole family and all ages would enjoy (our 9 year old loved it). If you want to learn and have a laugh at the same time I Would most certainly recommend kayaking with Hatt Adventures.

Phillipa Hume

I have been toying with the idea of taking up kayaking and after our family kayaking adventure at Cuckmere Haven I will definitely be doing a lot more of it in the future. My two younger children (10 and 12) are a real handful but Tom managed them beautifully. We were given very clear and helpful instructions before we started, the location was really lovely and the whole experience was wonderful. Looking forward to my next trip, Thanks Tom

Julie R

We had a fantastic day kayaking at Cuckmere Haven. Alex, our instructor was professional and great fun. He was particularly good with our children and patiently encouraged them to try new and difficult things. It was exactly the right balance of challenging adventure and good fun. We finished the day feeling exhausted and proud of our achievements.

  • Mountain Training Association
  • British Mountaineering Council
  • British Canoe Union