Kids Kayaking Development Course

Kids Kayaking Development Course

£ 45

Perth, Scotland

Beginner & Intermediate
Family-Friendly, Lessons & Courses
Minimum age: 8
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
£ 45

Activity Highlights:

This is a fantastic opportunity for young enthusiasts to dive into the exciting world of kayaking! This course is designed to lay a strong foundation in the sport, focusing on both fun and education in equal measure.

Key Details

  • Duration: 1 day, 9.30am-4pm
  • Age Range: 8 – 15 years old
  • Price: £45 per person

Key Skills

Participants will learn crucial kayaking skills including:

  • Understanding the parts of a kayak and their functions.
  • Basic safety protocols and risk assessment.
  • Paddling techniques for effective maneuvering.
  • Water confidence and self-rescue basics

Course Breakdown

The day is structured to ensure a comprehensive learning experience from 9.30am-4pm, including:

  • A mix of on-shore instruction and on-water practice.
  • Engaging activities to develop paddling techniques.
  • Interactive sessions on kayak safety and handling.
  • A supportive environment that encourages questions and exploration.


The course is hosted at the scenic Willowgate, just outside Perth City Centre. Our center offers a safe and beautiful setting on the River Tay, complete with a purpose-built boating lagoon, making it the perfect playground for aspiring kayakers.

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 prior kayaking experience is needed. The course is created for beginners aged 8-15, with all the foundational skills taught from the ground up.

Why Choose Us?

We are committed to nurturing the next generation of paddlers. Our Kids Kayaking Development Course is not just about learning to paddle; it’s about inspiring a lifelong passion for water sports. With expert guidance, state-of-the-art facilities, and an idyllic location, we provide a supportive atmosphere where young paddlers can thrive, learn, and have a blast on the water. And for those who can’t get enough, our weekly Kayak Club offers continued learning and adventure every Saturday. Join us for a day, and you may just ignite a passion for paddling that lasts a lifetime!

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What's Included:

  • Professional instruction from passionate and experienced coaches.
  • Kayak and paddle use for the day.
  • All necessary safety equipment, including life jackets.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Suitable footwear for water activities (please bring your own, old trainers will do).
  • Towel and swimwear (for under provided wetsuit).
  • Lunch 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.

The course is specifically designed for children aged 8 to 15 years old.

No, this course is created for beginners. It will cover all the basics and is a perfect starting point for any young person interested in kayaking.

Children should bring swimwear, shoes that can get wet, a towel, and a packed lunch for the day.

Our instructors are fully qualified and experienced in coaching children in kayaking, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

While there is no formal certification provided, the course is structured to give participants the skills and confidence to continue paddling and join clubs for further development.

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