Introduction to Canoeing – 1-Day Adult Course

Introduction to Canoeing - 1-Day Adult Course

£ 90

Perth, Scotland

Lessons & Courses
Minimum age: 16
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 9
Cancellation: Strict
£ 90

Activity Highlights:

Dip your paddle into the world of canoeing with our Canoe 1 Day Adult Introduction Course. Whether you’re looking to take up a new hobby or enhance your current paddling skills, this comprehensive course is designed to equip you with a solid foundation in canoeing.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 day, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Age Group: Adults (16+)
  • Price: £90 per person

Key Skills

Throughout the day, you’ll learn essential canoeing skills including:

  • Setting up your canoe for optimal performance.
  • Understanding and choosing the right equipment.
  • Mastering forward paddling and efficient stroke techniques.
  • Navigating and journeying on water.
  • Performing effective turns.
  • Executing self-rescue procedures.
  • Planning for a day trip.
  • Managing and adapting to wind conditions and mild currents.

Course Breakdown

The day will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

As you delve into the fundamentals of paddling, you’ll benefit from personalised instruction that respects your unique skill level and progresses at a pace that ensures your comfort and confidence grow throughout the day.

Our expert instructors will provide hands-on training, guiding you through a diverse array of practical techniques right on the water, where you’ll learn to masterfully maneuver your canoe across varying conditions.

Beyond just paddling, the course emphasises the importance of safety, equipping you with vital knowledge of protocols and rescue skills. This empowers you to become self-sufficient and capable of handling unexpected situations, making your time on the water as safe as it is enjoyable.

Whether you’re a complete novice or looking to polish your skills, this course promises a rewarding and skill-enhancing experience, setting the foundation for many future paddling adventures.


The course unfolds at our centre, situated just outside Perth City Centre on the River Tay. Surrounded by the picturesque Kinnoull Hill and countryside, our centre provides the perfect setting for your canoeing adventure.

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.


No previous canoeing experience is required, making this course suitable for complete beginners or those with minimal paddling experience looking to improve. This course is suitable for those aged 16+.

Why Choose Us?

We’re not just about teaching; we’re about inspiring a love for the waterways. Our Introduction to Canoeing Course is more than just skill acquisition—it’s about experiencing the joy of paddling in a stunning natural environment. With our experienced instructors, high-quality gear, and a passion for paddlesports, we’re dedicated to providing an engaging, educational, and enjoyable experience. Join us to not only learn how to canoe but to become part of a community that cherishes Scotland’s beautiful rivers and lakes.

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What's Included:

  • Expert instruction from our qualified staff.
  • Use of canoes and paddling equipment.
  • Wetsuit.
  • Safety gear including buoyancy aids.
  • Access to our purpose-built boating lagoon for practice sessions.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water shoes (old trainers will do).
  • Towel and swimwear for under the wetsuit.
  • Sunscreen and personal paddling attire.
  • Lunch and drinks for the day.


Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

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 canoeing. 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.

Absolutely. The course is designed for beginners and will cover all the basics to get you paddling confidently.

Please bring water shoes (old trainers will suffice), a towel, swimwear (for under a wetsuit), sunscreen, lunch, and drinks.

The course is designed for adults, and participants should be 16 years of age or older. We offer similar courses for under-16s which can be viewed and booked at the bottom of this page.

While there is no formal certification upon completion, you will gain valuable skills and knowledge to help further your canoeing practice.

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


  • 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 


  • 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 


  • 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


  • 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