For Schools

The Canoe Sports Trust is fully insured and AALA accredited to offer paddlesport to Schools & Colleges.

Activities include:

  • Open Canoeing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUPs)
  • Kayaking (closed cockpit kayaks or Sit on Top Kayaks)
  • Team building using Mega SUPs
  • Katakanus
  • Rafting
  • Canoe Polo (for experienced paddlers)

Half and full day bookings

Full day bookings are a popular choice for larger groups, allowing for up to 64 people to rotate through three activities of one hour duration, plus time for breaks and lunch. The duration of your visit will be 5 hours. We can be flexible with activities you select though bookings and cost £360 for up to 8 students..

All water instruction is provided, though it is a schools responsibility to provide all shoreside supervision. As a fully inclusive coaching session any SEN children can be catered for although the school will be responsible for providing any extra adult cover. We strongly advise that school groups bring snacks, a packed lunch and a soft drink.

GCSE Progressive Development Activities

For schools that require paddlesports within the GCSE syllabus please contact to discuss further. We can provide British Canoeing courses from beginner to more advances qualifications. Tailored courses can be run either during term time or school holidays and start at £45 for schools.

If you have students undertaking Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, we can run courses that either provide access to activities or specific training to acquire paddle sport or canoe sport skills specific to an expedition’s requirements.

Prices

All activities are led by qualified instructors working to strict safety ratios and bookings are made in multiples of 8.

The cost is £140 for up to 8 for 1 activity

The cost is £260 for up to 8 for 2 activities. If bookings require a lunch break there is an additional surcharge of £20 per group

The cost is £360 for up to 8 for 3 activities

All these rates are based upon an 8 person booking.

Open Canoeing

A canoe is a narrow boat, typically pointed at both ends and open on top, propelled by one or more seated or kneeling paddlers facing the direction of travel and using a single-bladed paddle. Typically three to a boat suitable from Year 4 upwards.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

The fastest growing paddlesport, born from surfing with modern roots in Hawaii. Stand up paddle boarders stand on boards that are floating on the water and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. Activity suitable for Year 7 upwards.

Kayaking

Kayaks are single person craft and suitable for Cubs & up. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. Suitable for Year 6 upwards.

Mega Team SUP

Our two Mega sized stand-up paddle boards are over 17 feet long. Amazing fun for group building, two teams go head-to-head with silly challenges. You will get wet and have a great time. Suitable for Year 6 upwards.

Katakanus

Ideal for young padders or team paddling. Our 3 Katakanus are virtually unsinkable craft, brillant to introduce young people to world of paddlesport. Typically 6 to a boat suitable from Year 4 upwards.

Rafting

Constructed using barrels, attached to bolted frames, teams are taught different methods of attaching barrels and are supplied with materials to create a mast capable of supporting a sail. After going afloat, teams deploy sails and race across the lake. Year 7 upwards.

Before the Activity and On the Day

A few final notes for teachers to ensure your activity with us runs
as smoothly as possible:

  • Make
    your booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment, confirming
    details of dates, times and number of participants by using the booking
    form.
  • If your
    requirements change, please let us know as soon as possible, remember
    everyone wants to book June and July.
  • We need
    to operate within strict instructor ratios and as such am unlikely to be
    able to accommodate more participants on the day than you originally
    booked.
  • Please
    register your group on arrival & wait them outside the BLYM gate.
  • Please
    advise us of any participants with special medical or other needs,
    including information about weak or non-swimmers, allergies, or medical
    conditions that might endanger the group or any other factors you deem
    relevant. Children with asthma will not be able to participate without
    inhaler.
  • You are
    responsible for parental consent to participate in the activities and need
    to have next of kin details available if they are required.
  • Ensure
    you group has suitable clothing for the activity, everyone should have a
    towel and a complete change of clothes and footwear to be dry for the
    journey home. Only soft soled water shoes or low volume trainers are
    suitable for paddlesports (No open toe sandals or crocs are allowed).
  • Teachers
    or teaching assistants are required to be in attendance to supervise
    participants if they for any reason they leave the session.
  • We
    cannot be responsible for valuables that are left in clothing or bags and
    ask that you make arrangements for such items to be secured.