Make a splash and build your skills with kayaking

Students can kayak in some of the most picturesque areas of the Isle of Wight, visiting both coastal waters and sheltered inland locations.

Our introductory session covers getting in and out of the craft, balance, forwards and backwards paddling, stopping, steering and dealing with capsize.

A school pupil enjoying Kayaking

Gain a recognised qualification!

Kayaking can be incorporated into your multi-activity programme, or schools can focus specifically on kayaking, with students working towards their BC Paddlepower qualifications.

A school group learning the basics of Kayaking

Did you know – interesting facts about kayaking

A kayak is a small boat that is driven by manpower. It is propelled by a double-bladed paddle by a sitting paddler and normally has a covered deck, and a cockpit covered by a spraydeck. The kayak was used by the native  Inuit, Ainu, Aleut and Eskimo hunters in sub-Arctic regions of northeastern Asia, North America and Greenland.

Do you know where the word ‘kayak’ originated from? 

The word kayak originates from the Greenlandic word qajaq.

Modern kayaks come in a wide variety of designs and materials for specialized purposes.

Kayaks typically are built for one, two or occasionally three paddlers who sit facing forward in one or more cockpits. The spray skirt or similar waterproof garment attaches securely to the edges of the cockpit so that no water from waves or spray enters the boat. In most styles, the boat can roll upright again without it filling with water or ejecting the paddler.

How do Kayaks differ from Canoes?

Kayaks differ distinctly in design and history from canoes, which are craft propelled by single-bladed paddles by a kneeling paddler, although some modern canoes may be difficult for a non-expert to distinguish from a kayak.

Kayaks are often called canoes in Great Britain and Ireland!