Discover Kayaking by Warwick Castle

Discover Kayaking by Warwick Castle

£ 85

St Nicholas Park, Warwick

Discover Kayaking by Warwick Castle
Taster & Beginner
Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 18
St Nicholas Park, Warwick
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
£ 85

Activity Highlights:

Venture on an exciting journey into the world of kayaking with our Discover Kayaking Day. Spend a memorable 5 hours paddling along the scenic Rivers Avon and Leam while mastering essential boat and paddle skills. We will follow the British Canoeing Syllabus to achieve your BC Discover Award at the end of the day!

Key Details

  • Duration: 5 hours, 11am to 4pm
  • Venue: St Nicholas Park, Banbury Road, Warwick
  • Certificate Fee: £6.24 (optional for British Canoeing certification)
  • Price: £85 per person

Key Skills

  • Basic boat handling and paddle techniques
  • Water safety awareness and navigation skills
  • Confidence building for controlling the kayak in various conditions

What to Expect

Experience the beauty of Warwick’s waterways as you glide along the Rivers Avon and Leam. Under expert guidance, learn fundamental kayak manoeuvres and safety procedures.

Participants have the option to undergo assessment for the British Canoeing Paddle Discover award during the day. While it’s not mandatory, you will cover the syllabus over the course of the day so we recommend you go for it! Just to warn you, you will get a bit wet, but that’s all part of the fun!

Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch for a delightful riverside picnic!

Location

Join us at St Nicholas Park in Warwick, a charming setting that provides the perfect backdrop for a day of kayaking adventure on the scenic Rivers Avon and Leam. 

Kayak alongside Warwick Castle, originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068, one of the most well-preserved castles in the country.

Prerequisites

No prior kayaking experience is necessary. Participants must be physically fit and comfortable in water.

Those interested in pursuing the British Canoeing certification must be willing to get a bit wet to participate in the assessment.

Why Choose Us

Our kayaking day offers a comprehensive introduction to kayaking, blending skill development with adventure in the stunning setting of Warwick’s rivers.

With a focus on safety, enjoyment, and skill progression, we ensure every participant leaves with confidence and unforgettable memories of their kayaking experience. 

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What's Included:

  • Professional instruction from experienced kayakers
  • All necessary kayaking equipment (kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid)
  • Opportunity for assessment towards the British Canoeing Paddle Discover award
  • A memorable experience and new skills learned

What's Not Included:

  • Packed lunch for the riverside picnic
  • Optional certificate fee for British Canoeing certification (£6.24)
  • Personal items (hat, sunscreen, towel)

Frequently Asked Questions

No prior experience is necessary. Our expert instructors will provide guidance suitable for beginners, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

In warm weather: Basic sportswear e.g. shorts and t-shirt. It’s sensible to bring a spare fleece top just in case it gets colder than expected. On hot days don’t forget sunscreen, and a sun hat is a good idea.

If it’s cold/rainy: A fleece top and tracksuit-type trousers (jeans and hoodies are unsuitable, as they hold a lot of water). A warm hat is a good idea for cold days. Waterproofs are useful if you have them.

You must wear footwear: Old trainers, sandals, or beach shoes. They must stay on in the water, so flip-flops and crocs are unsuitable.

A towel and a complete change of clothing (and shoes) are required for everyone!

Also it’s handy to bring a carrier bag or two, to put wet clothes/shoes into after the session.

Wetsuits are not essential for introductory courses, but if you have one, they can be useful, especially when it’s slightly chilly. Don’t worry if you don’t have one.

We provide buoyancy aids (compulsory), waterproof tops if needed, and all necessary paddling equipment.

Showers and changing facilities are available and there is a takeaway snack bar.

Don’t forget to pack a packed lunch for the riverside picnic!

Yes, interested participants can be assessed for the British Canoeing Paddle Discover award as part of the day.

While this assessment involves getting wet, it is not compulsory for all participants.

There is a pay-and-display car park off Banbury road, which is well-signposted through Warwick.

Parking is also available in Myton Fields during the summer months, just on the other side of the river.

Extras / Options

Certificate Fee

£6.24 if you would like the British Canoeing certification upon successful completion of the Discover Canoeing syllabus.

Please select the number of certificates you will require. 

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