Do you run courses for young Children?

Canoeing, Kayaking and SUP boarding are all physical activities, often using different muscles to those deployed on the football field. The time of year and variable weather conditions impact a young person’s ability to cope with a physical activity which is why we do not offer courses to anyone under the age of 11. Younger children generally lack the physical strength to participate in physical activity for more than an hour before requiring a rest.

You may be fine doing water activities in April or May on holiday in the Canaries though with Rickmansworth being at the base of the Chilterns, the water temperature in Rickmansworth is slow to rise, with cold water immersion significantly reducing your ability to endure repeated exposure that is likely when learning a new water sport.

There are a few short courses run by BLYM for younger watersports folk aged 7 to 9 years old including their 2 hour course – Messing about in Boats course and their 5 hour course – Oppy Adventures, both courses run from April to October. The remainder of their courses are open to anyone aged over 9.

Young paddlers aged 10 to 13 can access the Born to Ride SUP course run by our partner organisation SUP Dunc with anyone aged 13+ able to book on to any of our Paddle Start courses available from May onwards.

In Summary

April courses for 18+ only

May courses for 13+ only

June Courses for 11+ only

If you cannot find a particular course available on our Book A Course page, contact us via the enquiries email address.