Calshot Activities Centre

Kayaking for Young People

We offer kayaking courses based on the BCU junior coaching scheme ‘Paddlepower’. Operating in two age groups, 7-11 years and 11-16 years, we introduce children to the fun and excitement of paddling their own boat.

Instruction takes place in the sheltered waters around Calshot Spit or in our outdoor canoe pool. With a maximum instructor to student ratio of 1:8 each child will get plenty of feedback and guidance. With lots of games and activities it won’t be long before the group are setting off on their first mini expedition!

BCU Paddlepower 'Start'

The Start course is aimed at those with no previous experience of paddling, and will introduce you to the sport in a fun and enjoyable way. With your instructor’s help you will quickly learn the basics and be enjoying the thrill of paddling and controlling your own boat.


Time: 0930 - 1230 or 1345 - 1645

7 - 11 year olds

30 August

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11 - 16 year olds

BCU Paddlepower ‘Passport’

If you’ve tried kayaking before and are keen to develop your skills further then the ‘Passport’ course is for you. Lots of fun games will be used to help you develop your paddling skills, confidence and boat control. You will also have the chance to try different types of boats and take part in some short journeys’.

£145 Non-residential, includes lunch

Time: 0900 - 1630 each day

7 - 11 year olds

11 - 16 year olds

Private Tuition

Fast track your personal performance with private tuition

1 person    
1.5 hrs £80  
3 hrs £150  
6 hrs £260 (includes lunch)  

Additional person(s) 50% extra, for 3 or more enquire about our group rates

See booking conditions for own boat/craft training.

Young canoeists