Open Canoeing & Kayaking Instructed Sessions
Working closely together with our sister company Black Mountain Activities.
Our staff here at Canoe Hire Wales are also fully qualified Canoeing & Kayaking Instructors. If you’re looking to gain some skills in the sport then why not try out one of our canoe or kayak taster days which, are a great way to introduce you to the activitiy whilst having a fun day out!
- Open Canoeing
Lean to paddle a canoe on the river Wye, This is the ideal time to learn the skills needed for you to be able to safely paddle a open canoe down the river Wye. our instructors will equip you with a buoyancy aid and paddle and give a brief safety talk in preparation for your canoe experience. Once on the water Wye you will be practicing paddling in a straight line, turning and stopping. Once you have these skills mastered your guide will then lead you downstream and your river trip will begin! Along the way your guide will teach you further skills & techniques as well as general river terms, which will prove to come in handy for the games you will be playing! Our open canoe instruction days are ideal for groups such as schools, collages, scouts, or large social groups for further information and cost call us on 01497 847897 or email
Already have some experience Canoeing and want to improve your skill? Then try we can offer you one of our improver days or for those looking to gain some qualifications in the sport, we also offer BCU Star Awards 1, 2 & 3. For more information give us a call on 01497 847897.
We also offer duke of Edinburgh expedition training on the river wye. Our Canoe Taster Days are available as either a half day or a full day. A half day will involve a river journey to Hay on Wye, which is a distance of 5 miles, and a full day will see you traveling a total of 10 miles to Whitney on Wye.
Learn to paddle a Kayak: Our kayak Taster Days, are designed for complete beginners, giving you an introduction to the art of paddling a closed-cockpit kayak.
Instruction takes place on the River Wye at Glasbury, South Wales which offers a great sheltered location with easy access to the water. After an introduction by your coach, who is a qualified member of the British Canoe Union, you will be kitted up with a wet-suit, buoyancy aid, helmet, paddle and of course a Kayak and taken through a series of land based exercises, before getting on the water.
Our Kayak Taster days are offered as either a half day or a full day consisting of the following:
Half Day Session:
You will spend the session staying locally on the river, learning skills and developing correct paddling techniques in manoeuvring the kayak, along with a few games to put these newly learned skills to the test.
Full Day Session:
You will spend the morning locally concentrating on skills & technique, getting you comfortable in the Kayak. Then, in the afternoon your coach will lead you on a short expedition down river to put your newly found skills into practice whilst enjoying some games along the way.
Throughout the activity session, the emphasis is placed on safe, enjoyable fun through progressive learning and confidence building. Kayaking is an exciting, competitive and recreational sport so, for our Taster Days we encompass all of these with a healthy helping of fun and adventure!