Introduction to Kayaking – 1-Day Adult Course

Introduction to Kayaking - 1-Day Adult Course

£ 90

Perth, Scotland

Lessons & Courses
Minimum age: 16
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Strict
£ 90

Activity Highlights:

Tailored for beginners and those eager to refine their skills, this course is your gateway to the rewarding world of kayaking, offering a comprehensive overview and practical skills development.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 day, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Age Limit: Suitable for age 16+
  • Price: £90 per person

Key Skills

The course is designed to equip you with vital kayaking skills such as:

  • Proper kayak setup for optimal on-water performance.
  • Understanding and selecting the right equipment for your needs.
  • Mastering forward paddling and learning efficient stroke techniques.
  • Navigating and planning your journey on the water.
  • Executing precise turns and maneuvers.
  • Conducting self-rescues and safety procedures.
  • Planning for day trips and understanding basic trip logistics.
  • Adapting to and managing various conditions like wind and mild water flow.

Course Breakdown

Immerse yourself in the dynamic and comprehensive world of kayaking with our full-day course, which runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm to maximise both learning and practical application. This meticulously structured program is designed to cater to your unique skill level and personal paddling aspirations.

As the day unfolds, you’ll receive personalised training that’s carefully adjusted to meet your individual needs, ensuring that you’re not just going through the motions, but truly advancing in your kayaking abilities. With extensive on-water practice, we guarantee that the skills you acquire won’t just be theoretical—you’ll be applying each stroke and maneuver as you glide through the water.

What sets this course apart is our scenario-based learning approach, which places you in simulated real-world kayaking scenarios to teach you how to navigate and handle various situations you might encounter in the wild. This experience isn’t just about paddling—it’s about preparing you to confidently take on the waters, armed with the knowledge and skills you need for a safe and enjoyable kayaking future.


Your kayaking adventure unfolds from our centre which is nestled in the picturesque heart of Perthshire, near Perth City Centre. Our tranquil location on the River Tay, framed by the stunning Kinnoull Hill, provides the perfect backdrop for your course.

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.


This course is suitable for those new to kayaking or looking to build upon their existing skills. No prior experience or British Canoe Qualification is needed to participate. You must be aged 16 or over to participate in this course.

Why Choose Us?

We’re passionate about paddling and committed to providing an immersive learning experience that goes beyond just techniques. Our hands-on approach, set in one of Scotland’s most beautiful locations, ensures that you not only gain practical skills but also develop a deeper appreciation for kayaking as a sport and a way of connecting with nature. Whether you’re aiming to join a local club, pursue white water or sea kayaking, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the river, our course is the perfect starting point. Join us to paddle with purpose and discover the joy of kayaking amidst the splendor of Scotland’s natural landscape.

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What's Included:

  • Professional kayaking instruction from our experienced coaches.
  • Use of kayaks and all necessary paddling equipment.
  • Safety gear including life jackets and helmets.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water-appropriate footwear (please bring your own - old trainers will do).
  • Towel and swimwear for under the provided 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 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.

Yes, the course is designed for beginners. No previous kayaking experience is necessary as we cover all the basics.

All kayaking equipment, including the kayak, paddle, life jacket, and helmet, will be provided. Wetsuits are available if required.

Please bring water shoes, a towel, swimwear for under a wetsuit, sunscreen, and your lunch and drinks for the day.

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.

You can further your kayaking journey by joining an introduction to white water or sea kayaking, enrolling in a Foundation Safety & Rescue Training Course, or becoming a member of a local kayak club.

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