Canoe and Kayak Academy

Not sure how to start kayaking? or perhaps you paddled in your youth and want to start again, then we can help! Forget about having to capsize in the first five minutes and feeling wet and cold all day and come to our brand new clubhouse for a relaxed introduction. 

Based in brand new facilities! 

The Stoke Gabriel Boating Association (SGBA) have due to some very generous donations, funding and members hard work have been able to build a brand new clubhouse right on the riverbank in Stoke Gabriel. In partnership with the SGBA we are now able to use the same building to run our Kayak Academy courses from. Once parked wander down to the point where you can take in the spectacular river views from the training room/terrace before starting your course and use changing facilities, loos and showers!  

The Academy

The academy opens up in May once it warms up a bit! Offering courses for all abilities and interests. Over the last few years we had all sorts of requests from "We want to learn a bit about kayaking so we can take our family and friends out onto the water safely" to film crews and presenters.

For 2018 we are concentrating on offering bespoke courses to those customers looking for one to one, small group numbers, or clubs that need specific instruction. This is due to the excellant job that local canoe clubs do for kids and families looking for basic kayak introduction. (See our About Us page for links to these).

For Example our one day intro to kayaking course takes you through an hour's theory session, over a cup of tea, looking at planning a kayak trip and the effect of weather, tides and paddling areas have. We then expand this to look at the kayaks and kayak clothing and specialised kit we use. After getting kitted up we then we head out onto the water following our planned trip. During this we can help build your paddling skills and show you how to put the theory covered earlier into practice as we head to a pub lunch or picnic! Then if you want we can cover rescues, before a well earned cuppa!


Group Size Day Charge Total
One Instructor to : One Person £120 Each £120
Two People £90 Each £180
Three People £70 Each £210
Four People £60 Each £240


"I've just returned from a fabulous day of 1:1 kayak tuition with Tom. I was put at ease the minute I met Tom and the day just got better and better. I now feel equipped to paddle again, with confidence, on my own". 

 For more information or to make a booking please call us on 07799 403788 and speak to Tom..