Canoeing & kayaking

White water canoeing and kayaking

Lee Valley White Water Centre guarantees clean fast flowing white water! Experience the thrills of the Olympic rapids, drops, holes, eddies and boils on the 300m Olympic Standard Competition Course or the 160m Legacy Loop.

Non-members and beginners

New to kayaking? We offer a range of sessions to help people new to paddlesport develop their skills and progress to paddling competently in white water. 

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Paddlesport Development

Bespoke kayaking tuition

Rolling clinic sessions £10

Our Paddlesport Development Programme is the perfect way to learn the basics of paddling.

During our six week courses we'll teach you everything you need to progress through the levels at a pace that suits you.

Level one is suitable for people aged 18 or over and level 2 upwards for those aged 12 or over with relevant experience.

Six week course of one hour sessions £90

Personalised and bespoke one to one and group kayak coaching, for paddlers of all levels and aspirations. Whether you're looking how to maximise your time paddling on the Legacy Loop, need tips on rolling, or are just looking for ways to improve your general paddling, we will be able to help you reach your goals. This hour and a half session is specifically designed to develop your rolling technique in your chosen craft. Using a range of different techniques we will help to get you to your first roll or develop your existing roll to be the most efficient for the environment you are paddling in.
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Paddle the Legacy Loop and/or Olympic Course

To paddle our Legacy Loop or Olympic course you'll need to successfully complete one or both of our assessments, after which you'll become a member. There are two types of Kayaking Competency Assessments, the Legacy Assessment and the Olympic Assessment. These determine which courses you can paddle on our public sessions.

Legacy Assessment

This assessment is for paddlers new to Lee Valley White Water Centre who are looking to be signed off as competent to paddle during our public paddling session on the Legacy Loop or to use the lake during our open times.

The assessment takes place firstly on the lake and then moves across onto the Legacy Loop once the assessor is happy.

This assessment is designed for paddlers with experience on the water as you are required to show you are competent and safe in all areas of your paddling.

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To take this assessment you must have successfully completed your Legacy Assessment or hold one of the following:

  • Division 1 or Premier slalom
  • Represented your country for white water paddlesport within the last 3 years
  • BC level 5 or UKCC level 3 in a white water discipline.

Olympic Assessment

This assessment is for paddlers who already hold their legacy assessment, or relevant recorded experience (see below), who are ready to take on the challenging waters of the main Olympic course to be signed off as competent to paddle during our public paddling slots.

The assessment starts with a brief and short flat water warm up then move on to the Olympic course.

If you wish to book this course please call the centre on 08456 770 606 or log in to your member account (if you hold the Legacy membership) to book.

Essential information

Your safety and the safety of other water users, is important to us. There's no minimum age requirement, but as our courses range between Grade 3 and Grade 4, all paddlers need to have white water experience and complete the above assessments to demonstrate an acceptable level and standard. Once you have successfully completed these assessments you will become a member of the centre and can book future sessions online.


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Members paddling sessions


On successful completion of the relevant Kayaking Competency Assessments, you'll become a member and will be able to book the following sessions online.

We welcome credit and debit card payments over the phone, online and in person. Payment made by credit card is subject to an administration/ transaction fee of £2 per transaction. There is no charge for debit card payments.

Legacy Loop paddling £6

Olympic Course paddling £10

Additional weekly member sessions

Enjoy an adrenalin fuelled hour of white water paddling as you take on our demanding Grade 3 160m Legacy Loop. It offers a cool combination of wave surfing, friendly hole features and plenty of challenging stoppers. A course designed to challenge and improve white water, slalom and freestyle skills.

A paddler's dream come true! Test your skills during an hour session on our grade 4 Olympic Standard Competition Course. A course designed to test the world's best and filtered to provide fresh, clean white water.

Each week we release additional weekly member sessions on the Olympic Standard Competition Course.

To check what sessions are available see our weekly paddling sessions page.

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Lee Valley White Water Centre

Station Road
Waltham Cross
Hertfordshire EN9 1AB

08456 770 606*

*Calls will cost 2 pence per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

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