A canoe is traditionally paddled by American Indians, kneeling in it and using a single bladed paddle.
A kayak is traditionally paddled by Eskimos, sitting in it and using a double bladed paddle. We use kayaks.
Before you get on the water we run through all aspects of safety, including what to do if you fall in. We don’t make you capsize, but if it happens by accident you will know what to do! Of course we provide all safety equipment; buoyancy aids, helmets, windproof jackets etc and you will have an instructor on the water at all times. At first you will feel unsure but by a tried and tested method of coaching, games and a bit of silliness your confidence will grow, along with your control skills. Kayaking can be tough, especially in windy conditions, so we have a minimum age limit of 9.
If you have kayaked before or want to brush up on skills, we can give you guidance on more complex strokes, self rescue and the famous Eskimo roll. Our rolling classes are held in a quiet river with a maximum ratio of 1:2, and we use special boats which make it easier to master the technique. Expect to get very wet.
Thanks Ian, you’re the man who can!”
Martin T, The Down’s School