Beginner courses

Beginner courses

Equipment hire

The price of the ‘Come and Try’ session includes equipment hire; for all other sessions equipment hire is not included in the price. We have some equipment we can hire directly (see here for prices) and we work with local hire companies where appropriate to make sure you have everything you need.

Please note that buoyancy aids are mandatory for all kayakers and canoeists, and advisory for paddleboarders.

Flat Water Kayaking Skills – Level 1

On completion of the Level 1 course, candidates will have the basic paddling skills that will allow them to move the boat in all directions. They will be able to exit the kayak in a controlled and calm manner and recover their equipment to the shore. They would paddle under close supervision on very calm water with minimal flow. In British Canoeing terms, this would equip them to paddle on Very Sheltered Water and is broadly equivalent to the Paddle Start Award.

For more information on the Flat Water Kayaking Skills including the full syllabi and assessment criteria please see the full course description here.


Swanwick | Swanwick Shore Road, Swanwick, Hampshire, SO31 7EF | Grid reference [course_grid_ref] | Map

Previous experience needed for this activity:


Duration & cost:

8 hours | £210


As a course run on demand, you can choose a date and time to suit you ! Please let us know you’re preferred time on the Booking Form.

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