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Introduction to Kayak Course

A really comprehensive introduction to the wonderful sport of kayaking!

This course consists of four sessions here at the Leam (usually an evening), and a fantastic day trip to the river Wye (usually on a Saturday).

This course is designed for novice paddlers; maybe you have done a taster or hire session and loved it, or paddled as a child and would like to get back into it, or maybe you've never paddled but want to have a go. You will develop the basic paddle/boat skills and knowledge of river safety issues, so that you can be confident out on the water. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time in different types of kayak, to give you a feel for what’s out there!

Those that are interested can be assessed for their BC 1 star award, and you will hopefully have ventured beyond this level by the end of the course.

The River Trip is a scenic days training through the Forest of Dean finishing at the well known Symonds Yat with the option to test the skills you've learnt on a grade 1/2 rapid. We meet near Ross on Wye at 10.30am and usually finish around 5.00pm


Evening sessions: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

August 22nd start: 10am to 12noon

River trip: all day

Dates for 2020:

Leamington Sessions River Trip
Thursday April 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st Sat May 31st
Wednesday June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Sun June 27th
Saturday Aug 22nd,29th,Sept 5th, 12th Sat Sept 19th


This course is held at Leam Boat Centre.

Directions and parking information for Leam Boat Centre can be found here

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Chose your start date above, and go to the checkout to buy your course. Please let us know the names of participants by using the delivery comments box at the checkout. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from us. If you have any specific needs or questions that you would like to discuss before the course starts, please give us a call.

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