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Intro to White Water Kayaking – 1-Day Course

Intro to White Water Kayaking - 1-Day Course

£ 90

Perth, Scotland

Beginner & Intermediate
Lessons & Courses
Minimum age: 14
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 4
Cancellation: Strict
£ 90

Activity Highlights:

This thrilling course is designed for those ready to transition from calm waters to the exhilarating challenges of white water kayaking on the River Tay.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 day, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Age Requirement: Adults (14+)
  • Price: £90 per person

Key Skills

You’ll learn and practice essential white water techniques, including:

  • River safety and reading the river for informed decision-making.
  • Executing break-ins and outs of the flow.
  • Ferry gliding and crossing the flow effectively.
  • Navigating and running rapids.
  • Capsising with a spray deck and self-rescue strategies.

Course Breakdown

The course offers a comprehensive day of learning:

  • Hands-on instruction in white water kayaking fundamentals.
  • Personalised feedback to enhance your paddling skills.
  • Scenario-based exercises.

Location

Your adventure unfolds from our centre, located near Perth City Centre, set against the stunning backdrop of Kinnoull Hill. Our centre provides the perfect gateway to experiencing the thrills of Scotland’s longest river.

We will send you the precise meeting point upon booking, but you can view our location on the map at the bottom of this page, and there is more information on how to reach us in the FAQs on this page.

Prerequisites

Participants should be:

  • Confident swimmers.
  • Competent in flat water kayaking.
  • Comfortable with using a spray deck and being upside down in a kayak.
  • Aged 14+.

Why Choose Us?

Our introduction to white water kayaking is carefully curated to ensure you leave with not just new techniques but also with increased confidence and an ignited passion for white water sports. With our expert instructors, top-of-the-line equipment, and a stunning natural environment, we’re committed to making your first foray into white water an unforgettable experience. Join us and step into the exciting world of white water kayaking, where every rapid brings a new challenge and every paddle stroke is a thrill.

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What's Included:

  • Expert guidance from our white water instructors.
  • Use of kayaks specifically designed for white water, and wetsuits.
  • All necessary safety equipment, including helmets and life jackets.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water shoes/shoes that can get wet (please bring sturdy footwear for the river).
  • Towel, swimwear for under the wetsuit, and sunscreen.
  • Lunch and drinks to sustain you throughout the day.

Facilities

Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available
Toilets

Frequently Asked Questions

The centre is located in the heart of Perthshire, a short distance from Perth City Centre. You can find us on the banks of the River Tay, with signage to guide you in from major routes.

We will send you the precise address and postcode upon booking, but here is a summary to help you plan your visit:

  • By Foot: From Perth City Centre, you have two options:
    • Take the scenic riverside walk from Rodney Gardens, noting it can be muddy in winter or a wildflower path in summer. Be mindful of high tide times, as the path isn’t accessible one hour either side of high tide. This path’s conditions can vary.
    • For a firmer path, cross South Street bridge, turn right onto Dundee Road, and follow the pavement directly to the centre.
  • By Car: Use the postcode provided Sat Nav.
    • From Dundee, take A90, then A85, staying on Dundee Rd and look for brown tourist signs.
    • From Perth, go over South Street bridge, right on Dundee Rd/A85.
    • From Edinburgh, take M90, exit at Junction 11 for A85, and follow the signs.
  • By Bike: A cycle lane is available along Dundee Road, suitable for experienced cyclists. You can also follow the riverside walk, but may need to dismount in places. Secure bike storage is planned for the future
  • By Bus: Perth City Centre has bus stops about a 40-minute walk from our centre. A limited bus service stops at Walnut Grove, a 5-minute walk away, and an electric bus stop is directly outside our centre. Check Google Maps for the latest schedules and stops with the provided postcode.

We monitor the weather closely and will inform you in advance if conditions are unsafe for kayaking. We can reschedule your session for a later date if this is the case. However, a bit of rain and a grey sky won’t stop us. We will only reschedule if the conditions are unsafe.

Participants should have basic kayak control skills, be able to swim confidently in water, be comfortable using a spray deck, and be accustomed to being upside down in a kayak.

The course is a full-day experience, lasting from approximately 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

You’ll need to bring sturdy, water-appropriate shoes, a towel, swimwear to wear under a wetsuit, sunscreen, and your lunch and drinks.

This course is designed as an introduction, so previous white water experience is not required; however, you should be confident in a kayak on flat water.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts