kayaking adventure day

learn to paddle a kayak

Number of Days | Half or 1 full day

Maximum Ratio | 8 years within a family group. 12 years unaccompanied

Preview | Our kayak  introduction days cater for absolute beginners wanting a leisurely half or full day introduction to the sport of kayaking . They are designed to be fun as well as learning basic kayaking  skills & safety. We hope that you will be  inspired  and motivated  to take up kayaking  in the future. These enjoyable skills training days  days will develop your paddling and kayak  handling skills which will  include different paddle strokes and manoeuvres. The aim for the day will be for you the be  able  to control your kayak and set out on a led,  simple,  short journey, possibly on some easy moving water.

Previous Experience | No previous paddling experience is required but this  can be an excellent refresher opportunity  for those who have paddled  in the past to consolidate or update their kayak skills.A reasonable level of fitness will enable you to progress more rapidly and enjoyably. The ability to swim and some water confidence are advisable but not essential.

Location | Our kayaking sessions, courses & holidays are initially based on the sheltered open inland waters of Loch Lochy, Loch Sheil or among near by islands of the tidal Loch Linnhe on our doorstep.  Our favourit spots for beginners are on Loch Linnhe (on our doorsteps) or (for a full day)  on Loch Lochy in a wide sheltered open bay with visiting ospreys in the summer – along with small rapids tumbling down from the Loch Arkaig a few miles above.

Meeting Times & Dates| We meet at our base in Corpach, 4 miles from Fort William at 9.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm for a half day session. Full day sessions run from 9.30am – 12 – 4.30pm. We always aim to be back at base by 5pm.

Kayaking Taster & Beginner Sessions are available on weekly dedicated Wednesdays & Saturdays.  Or at all other times by Prior Arrangement for Groups of 3 or more.

 kayaking  • for beginners on sheltered waters & inland lochs
Adult Junior 16 yrs and under Family Day Tickets (sample 😐 max 2 adults & 2 juniors
Full Day    £ 60     £ 45  £ 168.00
1/2 Day    £ 45.50     £ 30  £ 113.00
Wet suit hire
Full day           £ 5.00
1/2 day            £ 3.50

Our half or full introductory sessions and day tours are only led by local, friendly, professionally qualified and experienced instructors & guides.

Course Itinerary | During a half day or full day beginner  session there will be an introduction to the basics of handling a kayak  in sheltered conditions including:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Personal Paddling Skills:
• Getting in and out of a kayak from the shore or bank
• Handling the paddle • Sitting in the kayak with correct posture
• Basic forward paddling action with correct posture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Have a go at:
• Paddle strokes – forward; stopping while on the move; sweep strokes for turning; moving sideways; paddle in a straight line; turning the kayak;
• A short paddling journey depending on the length of the course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Learn about:

• Paddling with spray deck
• Boat trim & balance
• Gear selection and use
• Personal paddle sport clothing
• Basic water safety with confidence building activities built into the programme
• Individual fitness, food & hydration requirements.

We Supply:

We will supply all the specialist equipment you will need to have fun whilst being safe and comfortable on the water.  Kayaks come complete with spray decks, buoyancy aids, paddle, canoe cag, wet feet /socs, helmet, eau bags to keep your gear dry on a day paddle, any safety gear. Flasks if you do not have one.

You may like to hire:

Wet suits (recommended) – we recommend Long Johns (these have no sleeves for extra movement when paddling). Or bring your own

You should bring for kayaking:

Towel, Long sleeved light / medium weight fleece or rugby top to wear when kayaking, Extra spare fleece or warm top, Change of under clothes or swimming costume, Light weight trousers or tracky bottoms if you choose not to wear a wet suit (not jeans), A full change of warm clothes for when you have finished paddling, Warm hat, Old trainers if you have them, Plastic container for butties, Flask – you can fill flasks here with us before leaving, Plastic or waterproof bag for your wet clothing, Sun block, Sun Hat, Sun Glasses!

Our Fleet

Our fleet of river kayaks includes:- Daggers; Masters; RTM play boats; Pyrhanas; Junior Boats; Corsicas