How it works

Canoe Sports Trust works closely with a number of organisations for mutual benefit, with all organisations operating from facilities managed by Bury Lake Young Mariners. Bury Lake is located within the Rickmansworth Aquadrome and is renound for its crystal clear water provided by fresh water springs rising from the chiltern aquifer.

Working closely with other organisations, we are able to provide access to great facilities, equipment and local expertise.


Bury Lake Young Mariners and Nomad Kayak Club, together provide us access to some great facilities.

Shore based facilities include state of the art changing rooms with hot showers and ample outdoor space for the organisation of activities and people.

Should you wish to bring lunch or cook on a barbeque, we have a picnic area and a barbeque you can use.

Our Clients

A wide range of youth organisations access our facilities by providing their own qualified leadership, where an organistion or school is unable to access qualified leadership, we can provide qualified instructors to deliver your activity for you.

In 2023 visitors included scouts, guides, junior and secondary schools, soldiers, childrens parties and corporate clients. The public can also access our facilities provided bookings are made in advance because we are unable to provide a drop in service.

Each year the Trust runs a variety of courses instructing newcomers in a range of paddlesports or providing the required coaching to those wishing to become qualified instructors. We host evening, daytime and all day activies with clients accessing between one and four activities on a single visit. During the school holidays we host a number of courses, paddlesport camps and fun day events.

For those interested, we also run programmes specifically aimed at those participating in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Our Instructors

AALA requires all of our instructors to be suitably qualified, adhere to our operations manual and comply with our risk management documentation. If you do not have your own qualified instructors able to run your activities, we can provide qualified instructors to manage your activity for you.

Opportunities are provided each year for group leaders to obtain qualifications sufficient for them to safely manage their own activities.

Qualified Instructors join our team to gain more experience in the delivery of activity whilst having a great time on the water.