Flat Water Kayaking

If you’ve previously had a go and want to learn more or you’re starting from scratch and want a challenge, our Flat Water Kayaking course is great for teaching the basic skills of paddling, allowing you to progress and enjoy yourself on the water in no time. Based on our lake, we’ll look at everything from setting up the kayak, to what to do when you capsize plus a whole range of skills to get you in control and paddling with ease.


Environment: Lake


Experience required:

  • General session: aged 16+

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

  • Limited or no previous kayaking experience

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

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


We’ll look at:

  • Fundamentals:

  • Connectivity (setting up the kayak to optimise control)

  • Posture (using your posture in different ways to control the kayak)

  • Power transfer (using the appropriate muscle groups, and technique to move the      kayak)

  • Feel (understanding how to best use your body with the paddle to affect the kayak in a positive way)

  • Paddling forwards, sideways, stopping and paddling backwards

  • Using a spray deck and basic self-rescue

  • Basic peer rescue


What to expect:

  • Ratio of one coach with up to eight 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’d like more development from one of our coaches you could book onto one of the following:


Please discuss the options with your coach to determine what’s most suitable for you.


During this course, the coach may deem it appropriate to pass you off on the lake (see Lake Assessment for details). Please discus with your coach a suitable option for further development. It should be noted that the Lake Assessment must be passed before attending the Introduction to White Water Kayaking Course.