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Frequently Asked Questions about Paddlesports

Do you need to be a good swimmer?

It depends what you want to do in paddlesports...

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 activities.

Do you need to do a capsize drill?

Not necessarily...

Capsize drills are necessary for closed-cockpit kayaks, but there are plenty of alternatives. 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 organised courses.

Is there an age limit?


Small children 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. Our family courses are planned to cater fr the needs of all ages.

Can we bring the family dog?

Yes - on unaccompanied hire...

Remember that 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 courses 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...

In an open cockpit kayak, or open canoe, 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 courses.

Will I get wet and cold?

Not necessarily!

Using stable 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 the sport?

Only if that's what interests you...

White-water can 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 white-water.

Isn't it for teenage boys?

It's for EVERYONE!

Male or female, young or old, anyone can enjoy canoeing or kayaking. And it's an ideal way for families to spend time outdoors together.

Do you need a lot of specialist equipment?

Not to get started...

You can try the sport on one of our courses or holidays, 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.

Canoeing and Kayaking: Overview of Days, Holidays and Courses

 Date Last Modified: 08/01/13