2 Day White Water Kayaking Course

Do you know your local river or reservoir like the back of your hand? Flatwater not doing it for you anymore? Now is the time to take the plunge into white water kayaking.

We've designed a 2-day course to arm you with the knowledge and skills for exploring some fantastic rivers. Our expert instructors will have you paddling grade 1-2 rapids, up 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.

Information

Season

October to March

Duration

2 Days

Group Size

4-8

Restrictions

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

Aim

To build on existing flatwater 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 grade 2 rapids.

Prerequisites

You must be a competent flatwater kayaker. We recommend that you have attended our Discover Kayaking Award course, and have some experience of flatwater kayaking River Trips.

Also, you will need experience of the capsizing procedure using a closed cockpit kayak and spray deck.

Groups

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.

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Itinerary

First night

Depending on what time everyone arrives at the accommodation, we usually meet in a local pub to chew the fat over a pint.

Day 1

Meet and greet. We will have an overview of the course, discuss equipment, clothing, safety, the river and river signals.

Travel the river and paddle.

Meet up after the river (usually in a pub) and discuss the day and what to expect from day 2.

Day 2

Depending on river levels we will select a different river to kayak and improve on day one's kayaking skills.

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
Locations

Devon and Wales

Equipment

Equipment supplied

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
  • Helmet
  • Spray deck

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.

  • Wetsuit / drysuit
  • Wetsuit boots
  • Extra jumper
  • Warm hat / gloves
  • Towel
  • 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.

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.

Transport

Lift sharing can be coordinated.

Accommodation

2 Nights Bunkhouse Accommodation.

Please note: we are not providing catering or accommodation until Autumn 2022

Catering

Day 1: Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 2: Breakfast and lunch included.
The evening meal is not included, but please join us at the local pub for some food and a pint.

Please note: we are not providing catering or accommodation until Autumn 2022