Do you need
to be a good swimmer?
what you want to do in
It's always good
to be able to swim if you want to enjoy activities
on or near water, but it is not compulsory in all
cases. If you are confident in the water, and wear
a buoyancy, you can take part in many paddlesport
Do you need
to do a capsize drill?
are necessary for closed-cockpit kayaks, but there
Open cockpit kayaks and open canoes can safely be
paddled in appropriate locations, without first
practising the capsize drill. If you plan to
venture onto open or deep water, you need to know
what to do in the event of falling out of your
canoe/kayak. We cover rescue techniques on our
Is there an
and toddlers can enjoy canoeing with their parents,
which makes it an ideal family pastime. When
planning trips, remember that it can be difficult
for very young children to stay still in the canoe
all day, and that small children and babies are
very susceptible to cold, particularly when wet.
are planned to cater fr the needs of all
Can we bring
the family dog?
- on unaccompanied
not all dogs can swim (pet buoyancy aids can be
purchased from yacht chandlers and some paddlesport
shops). Make sure your dog will sit still in the
canoe before committing to a long trip. A dog which
will not sit still can make it difficult to paddle
and easily capsize a canoe
We do not
allow dogs on organised
however, some dog-owning clients book on a
non-residential basis, staying in nearby
dog-friendly accommodation and leaving their pet in
day kennels while on the water.
Can you can
get stuck in the kayak underwater?
It's unlikely if
you take reasonable precautions...
cockpit kayak, or open
providing that you don't have loose ropes and/or
kit to entangle you, if the boat tips over, you
should fall safely out, supported by your buoyancy
aid. You may not even get your hair wet!
If you want to
paddle white-water or sea, modern closed-cockpits
are much easier to exit than old-fashioned designs.
We will teach you capsize and self-rescue
techniques on our organised
Will I get
wet and cold?
canoes and kayaks on placid water, there is no
reason to fall out. If you decide to move on to
white-water, you WILL start getting wet!
Do you need
to paddle white-water if you want to progress in
Only if that's
what interests you...
be great fun, but there are plenty of alternative
ways to enjoy paddlesport. Touring on Placid Water,
Racing, Dragon Boating, Bell Boating, Canoe
Sailing... You could enjoy a lifetime of varied
paddlesport without ever going onto
Isn't it for
Male or female,
young or old, anyone can enjoy canoeing or
kayaking. And it's an ideal way for
to spend time outdoors together.
Do you need a
lot of specialist equipment?
Not to get
You can try the
sport on one of our courses
where all equipment is supplied. If you want to
continue, it helps to have a canoe/kayak, paddle
and buoyancy aid, but you can often find a local
canoe club who will let beginners borrow equipment.
You can hire
canoes and kayaks for unaccompanied trips.
As for clothing,
all you need for placid water canoeing is something
light, comfortable and appropriate to the weather.
Nothing special is required.