2 Day White Water Kayaking Course
Do you know your local river or reservoir like the back of your hand? Flat water not doing it for you anymore? Now is the time to take the plunge into white water kayaking.
We've designed a course with 2 full days of paddling tuition to arm you with the knowledge and skills for exploring some fantastic rivers. Our expert instructors will have you paddling up to grade 2 rapids, boost your theory knowledge and teach you everything you need to know about moving water.
Beware this is an addictive sport and by the end of the course, you might want to progress on to the White Water Kayak Award.
There will be loads of time throughout the weekend for you to practice these new skills, plus you will get to meet fellow aspiring white water kayakers.
October to March
Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).
To build on existing flat water kayaking skills and learn to kayak on moving rivers with white water.
Who is it for?
Anyone wishing to learn to kayak white water rivers with up to grade 2 rapids.
You must be a competent flat water kayaker, with experience of flat water kayaking River Trips and of the capsizing procedure using a closed cockpit kayak and spray deck.
If you wish to book a group on a specific date you will need the minimum number of participants. Click the Course Info tab to see group size.
Morning briefing to provide an overview of the course and discuss equipment, clothing, safety, the river and river signals.
Run the shuttle with vehicles and boats etc. then paddle the river.
Join us for a pint in the pub to discuss the day and what to expect from your second day of paddling tomorrow.
Depending on river levels your instructor will select a new river to kayak and build and improve on the kayaking skills learnt the day before.
During the course, we will cover
- Safety Awareness
- Introduction to moving water skills
- Equipment Selection
- White water kayaking techniques
- Ferry gliding
- Breaking out / in
- Rescue techniques
- Access and egress
All kayaking and safety equipment is supplied including:
- Kayak (if you are bringing your own kayak please let us know the make/model in advance)
- Paddle (if you require a left-handed paddle, please contact us in advance)
- Buoyancy aid
- Spray deck
For all kayaking courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.
- Wetsuit boots
- Extra jumper
- Warm hat / gloves
- Lunch / snacks / water
- Medication / tablets / inhaler etc.
- Dry bags (to store your kit in your boat and for wet kit at the end of the day)
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.
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.
Lift sharing can be coordinated.
In the evenings we tend to frequent the local pub for some food and a pint (not included in the course fees).