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The Paddle School

Kayak Taster

Paddle into Adventure!

Discover the joy of kayaking with our beginner-friendly taster sessions! Immerse yourself in an hour of expert-guided instruction, ensuring a safe and enjoyable kayaking experience. 

Tailor your adventure by opting for a public session, open to everyone, or indulge in a private taster for a more personalised touch. 

Our public sessions to connect with fellow enthusiasts.  Available for up to 8 participants.

Or join our private sessions cater to individual preferences with a dedicated 1:1 instructor or the option to share the excitement with a group of up to 5 people. 

Book now and let the exploration begin!


What is included in my booking?

We are committed to delivering an unparalleled, tailored adventure just for you. Our approach is all about blending the best with the bespoke, ensuring an unforgettable experience. We thrive on infusing learning with fun and incorporate engaging games to make every moment enjoyable for everyone. Take on our instructors and challenge us to something and see if you can outdo us! 

  • Comprehensive safety briefing on land 

  • A fully qualified instructor accompanying you throughout your hour-long session on the water 

  • Full insurance coverage (£10 million) 

  • Your kayak and paddle 

  • A buoyancy aid for added safety 

  • 1 hour of expert paddlesports tuition

Do I need any experience?

Our Taster sessions are design for those who haven't been on the water before or have very little experience. You don't need to have any previous skills to be able to take part. 

Do I have to be able to swim? 

No. We take paddlers on the water even if they cannot swim - it is a good idea to let us know when you book or arrive.

Our Camps

What would I need to bring?

All you will need is:

  • A warm change of clothes 

  • Something to wear on the water - this could just be shorts and t-shirt, as wetsuits are optional 

  • A towel 

  • A pair of shoes to wear in the water or you can hire a pair of ours (Shoes must be worn on the water)

What will my session look like?

Upon arrival, our friendly team will check that you've completed your consent forms and that your clothing is suitable for the activity. After check-in, one of our instructors will introduce themselves and run through our safety briefing. 

During your session we will then cover: 

  • Overview of paddling equipment and components. 

  • Water safety guidelines - including the importance of wearing a bouyancy aid. 

  • Demonstrations of proper paddling techniques on dry land. 

  • How to mount and dismount your chosen craft

  • Guidance on maintaining balance and proper posture whilst on the water

  • Instruction on turning and maneuvering the paddling equipment.

  • Techniques for navigating different water conditions.

  • Opportunity for participants to ask questions and seek clarification before revisiting the key points covered during the session.

Our Facilities

We have a range of facilities to enhance your experience:

  • Enjoy the refreshing ambiance of our outdoor cafe - Bean on the Water - where you can enjoy a hot or cold beverage.

  • Embrace the outdoors at our picnic benches; providing a perfect setting to sit back and watch Alverstoke lake at its best.  Additionally, our outdoor field invites guests to unwind or indulge in a picnic.  Whichever you chose, you’ll be sure to create memorable moments. 

  • Also onsite are toilets, however, our changing areas are limited.

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