Developing White Water Course

Environment: Legacy Course

Session length: 60 minutes

Course length: four weeks (on the same day of the week and time)

Price: Junior (8 - 16) £100  Book now |  Adult (16+) £120 Book now

Session timings: Junior - Sunday at 11:00 | Adult - Thursday and Friday at 19:00, Saturday at 11:00 and 14:00, Sunday at 14:00

Following on from our Introduction to White Water Kayaking Course, we’ll continue to develop all of your white water skills to help build your confidence and develop your decision-making and line choice to get you paddling the Legacy Course purposely. We’ll look how you can maximize the use of white water, helping you become a more effective and efficient paddler, all whilst having fun.

Experience required:

  • General session: aged 16+

  • Junior session: aged 8 - 16 - Parental Consent Form required

  • Lee Valley Lake Assessment

  • Attended the Introduction to White Water Kayaking Course at Lee Valley White Water Centre or similar course at a different centre. Evidence of similar course must be shown before booking.

  • Be competently paddling on the flat water, including paddling forwards, carving and turning the kayak on an edge.

  • Breaking in and out of moving / white water, paddling down river, and understand the effect trim has on the performance of the kayak

  • Know how to use a spray deck

  • A reasonable level of general fitness (will allow for greater progression and enjoyment)

  • Confident being in water and be able to swim (there’s no requirement to be able to swim, although it’s highly recommended)

If you have limited white water kayaking experience then the Introduction to White Water Kayaking Course may be more suitable for you.

We’ll look at:

  • Use of river features to aid your position and line choice

  • Maximising the use of your posture to control the kayak

  • Optimising the use of the paddle

  • Strategies for confidence, anxiety, and arousal control

What to expect:

  • Ratio of one coach with up to six people

  • Modern professional coaching and individual feedback

  • Excellent facilities including changing rooms, lockers for personal items and The Terrace Bar & Café

What next?

If you would like more development from one of our coaches you could book onto the following:

You may also be at the level to do the Legacy Skills Competency Assessment. Please discuss the options with your coach to determine what is most suitable for you.

Booking this course

To be able to book this course you'll need one of our free Lee Valley memberships. You can find out more on how to create  membership here.  Already a member, just click book now and log in and the course will appear in the drop down.

If you're looking to book a Junior course you'll need to have been accredited by the venue - this accreditation will show on your Lee Valley membership. If you have any queries on this please contact us.

Course dates


Thursday 4 - 25 November 

Friday 5  -  26 November

Saturday 6 - 27 November 

Sunday 7 - 28 November


Thursday 20 January - 10 February 

Friday 21 January - 11 February 

Saturday 22 January - 12 February

Sunday 23 January - 13 February 

Thursday 17 February - 10 March

Friday 18 February - 11 March

Saturday 19 February - 12 March

Sunday 20 February - 13 March

Thursday 17 March - 7 April

Friday 18 March - 8 April

Saturday 19 March - 9 April

Sunday 20 March - 10 April