Full Day Kayaking Course

This course is aimed at anyone who has an interest in becoming a confident flatwater kayaker, whether you have basic skills to start with or are a complete beginner, our expert instructors will guide you through all the first wobbles and work on the techniques to get you flying in no time! This course is also ideal if you wish to start on the British Canoeing Award System. If you would prefer to introduce yourself to kayaking by having a relaxed paddle around a Sussex river then have a look into our Kayak Experience days.

Throughout this day, you will learn: kayak control, launching and recovering, capsize techniques as well as a basic theory in kayak and paddling equipment design. Our expert instructors will also give you little extra hints and tips from their extensive experience and knowledge of this fantastic sport. We will also ensure that you develop the relevant skills and theory required to pass the British Canoeing Assessment if this is something you wish to be involved with.



All year round



Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).


To teach the key kayaking techniques, control and theory and to be assessed for the British Canoeing Award.

Who is it for?

Anyone wishing to take the first step towards British Canoeing awards or just get into the thrilling sport of kayaking. This is a natural progression if you’ve attended one of our kayaking experiences.


There are no prerequisites for this course; this course and assessment can be taken without any prior experience, however, if you are not sure you want to take the award but would like to try kayaking why not try our Kayaking Experience?

Course Syllabus

Please follow this link to download the syllabus from the British Canoeing website.


Attendance of this course will not necessarily get you up to the required standard to pass as everyone progresses at a different pace.  Those unsuccessful will be given an action plan to gain the required experience to pass the award.

Certificate fees are not included in the course costs, this must be paid directly to British Canoeing.


£95pp (Group Size 2-4)
£91pp (Group Size 5-6)
£87pp (Group Size 7-8)

Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book, unless booking for a minimum of 6 people.

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During the course we will cover

  • Safety awareness
  • Equipment selection
  • Launching and recovering
  • Steering and controlling
  • Kayaking theory
  • Capsize drills
  • Using spray decks

River Ouse - near Lewes - East Sussex


Equipment supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid

Equipment needed

For all kayaking courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Full change of clothes to go kayaking in, including footwear, and underwear.
  • Clothing should be suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (to wear on the water)
  • Extra jumper
  • Warm hat / sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Snacks / water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn. We highly recommend you have a dry bag for all your kit on the water and to put your wet clothing in at the end of the day.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry. You must wear footwear whilst kayaking (old trainers, plimsolls) please don’t wear sandals. Wetsuits are not required as they only work when they are wet; if you wish to bring a wetsuit we still recommend you have a warm top.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.