A great activity for school groups to do together. Why not come paddling instead of one of your regular evening meetings?
Your qualified instructors will introduce your group to the equipment, and then it’s on to the water! The group will learn the basics of how to control their kayaks, play lots of games to use their new skills, and usually take a short trip up the river.
When can you book?
We are open year round for bookings, although most of our activities take place between March and October. School groups do come to us throughout the year during term time though.
During the main season (Easter to October) we are open 7 days a week, and we take evening bookings, which could mean an adventurous night time paddle if booked later in the year.
The taster session normally lasts for 1 and a half hours, but if you would like a longer session that’s no problem, just get in touch for a quote.
Recommended minimum age: approx. 7 to 8.
Maximum number: 24
Larger groups can be accommodated with mixed activity sessions e.g. paddleboard and kayak at the same time.
Staff or leaders are welcome to participate, but it is not essential as all sessions are run by our experienced team of coaches. We allow 1 leader to participate for free per 8 students, subject to availability of boats. Special needs groups may require staff participation on the water, or a greater ratio of our staff – please discuss at time of booking if relevant.
Kayak taster sessions are available at both Leam Boat Centre.
Initially, phone or e-mail to arrange your date and time and check availability. We can make a provisional booking and reserve your slot in the diary.
To confirm your booking, we require a deposit of approximately 50% of the expected total (if the start date is more than 2 weeks ahead) or full payment if within 2 weeks of the start.
Final confirmation of numbers and full payment is required at least a week in advance of the session. This allows us to make sure we have the correct number of staff in place for your session.
We can accept payment either by cash, card, online or bank transfer. For schools/colleges an official purchase order is also acceptable to confirm your booking.
Please note we are unable to accept individual payments from course participants on our discounted youth group/school prices.
Upon confirmation of your booking, we will e-mail the group leader some information for participants about what to wear and bring, and a consent form. It is the responsibility of the group leader to disseminate this information as needed, and to bring completed consent forms for each participant to the first session.