Canoeing and Kayaking
Kayaking and canoeing are hugely popular due to the variety, freedom and adventure they offer. Whether it's a relaxed paddle along a canal or a more challenging coastal journey, paddlesport really does offer something for everyone. We have a variety of teaching locations and instant access to more challenging waters, all with the Solent and the Isle of Wight as an impressive backdrop. As a BCU Recognised Centre we offer courses at all levels, using an impressive fleet of over 100 kayaks and canoes. Our team of BCU qualified coaches are ready to help, whether you have a problem keeping your kayak in a straight line or are planning an advanced expedition
Outrigger Canoeing – Aloha!
Hugely popular in Hawaii, the west coast of the United States and Australia this is a growing sport in the UK. Our two OC6 boats, based on traditional designs, are stable six person craft which are great fun, good exercise and a little bit different. They are an excellent way to promote teamwork and communication within a work based team or for a group of friends to have a fun and very different experience afloat.
We have a perfect location in which to introduce the sport, with immediate access to sheltered waters. Once the basics have been mastered, the more challenging waters of the Solent are on our doorstep.
Why not put together a group of friends or colleagues for a day or half day of paddling? Dates and sessions will be tailored to the group and can include races, local or more extended journeys to locations such as Lepe or the Isle of Wight.
Prices from £320 per group. Contact our Bookings office for more information.
The perfect session for those wanting a short introduction to paddlesports. You can chose to use either a Sit-on-Top or closed cockpit kayak or even give both a go! All specialist equipment is provided and following a short briefing you will soon be afloat discovering the enjoyment and freedom the sport offers.
Courses for Families and Young People
A number of our courses are nominated ‘Family’ courses and are open to youngsters of 14 upwards for watersports or 12 upwards for landbased activities together with a participating adult. 16 and 17 year olds are welcome on their own (non-residential only). Don’t forget we also run kayaking courses for young people, and Family Sessions.
Beginners BCU OneStar Kayak
This is a perfect course to introduce the fun and excitement of paddling your own boat and to learn the fundamentals.
In the sheltered waters around Calshot Spit, one of our experienced instructors will go through all the strokes and safety considerations required to achieve the One Star award.
You will also have the chance to paddle a variety of different boats, such as specialist sea kayaks and touring boats and discover the different characteristics of each design. This is especially useful for those considering buying their own boat.
New dates to be publised soon
If you’ve completed a One Star Kayak course and you want to develop your skills further then this is the course for you. During the day the strokes you were introduced to during the one star course will be further developed and new strokes, such as those to help prevent capsize, will also be introduced. You will also practice some rescue techniques and take part in a short local journey.
BCU Two Star Training (New Syllabus)
For paddlers who already possess the basic skills, this course provides a balanced programme to prepare candidates for the Two Star Assessment. You will use both kayaks and canoes during the course and develop a good understanding of double and single bladed paddling. At the end of the course you will be given an action plan so you can fully prepare for the Two Star Assessment.
£175 Non-residential includes lunches
£190 Residential includes lunches, one night B&B and evening meal on 1st day
Extra B&B £27 per night (subject to availability)
0900 - 1730 Saturday, 0900 - 1700 Sunday
BCU Two Star Assessment
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Introduction to Sea Kayaking
If you are at or above BCU One Star level, this one day course is ideal for gaining an insight into this ever popular branch of kayaking. There will be an opportunity to try a variety of different boats and to take part in a short local journey.
£95 Non-residential includes lunch
Sea Kayak Adventure
If you have already cracked the basics, then this trip is the perfect way to extend your paddling, and to explore the coastline from a very different perspective.
Time: 0900-1700 (Sat)
This day paddle is an excellent first full day trip. Following the coastline from Calshot you will have excellent views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight. En route there will be plenty to see, including racing yachts, commercial vessels and if you are lucky a close up view of an ocean liner. If time permits we will explore the entrance of the Beaulieu River. Lunch will be taken ashore before the return journey. This trip covers about seven miles. You will need a packed lunch and drinks for this trip.
Pre-course experience – you should have completed a BCU One Star course and an Introduction to Sea Kayaking day, or be of equivalent standard, before booking this course.