This is a super introduction to Kayaking, a fantastic sport! Kayaking is a really back-to-basics water sport; it's just you, your kayak, and the water - how extreme you want to be is entirely up to you. Whether you want to explore inland waterways, surf breaking waves, or negotiate charging white water rapids, there is a style of kayaking out there to suit almost anyone.

It will also ensure you have an understanding of how the paddle, boat, and water interact together which will make you a better and more efficient paddler.

You will cover the following technical skills:

  • Efficient forward paddling
  • Manoeuvring in confined spaces
  • Moving sideways
  • Steering and Turning
  • Securing
  • Rescue Skills including capsize , swim and self rescue
  • How to rescue another capsized paddler
  • Risk Management and First Aid
  • Planning and Environment

You will also be assessed on an accompanied water journey.


  • £60 pp

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young boy learning to paddle in a red kayak two young girls in a double kayak on the water in poole harbour

Harbour Challenge is easy to find - we are in the centre of Hamworthy Park in Poole. You can leave your car at Hamworthy Park Surface Car Park and take a short walk to the Centre. Please note that this is now a pay and display carpark between March to October.

Take the main path through the park, walk past the paddling pool and cafe to the cream-coloured building at the end of the park. This is the main Harbour Challenge Centre.

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  • Useful Info

    Experience Level Required

    Some experience required

    Swim 25m wearing a buoyancy aid


    2 x 3 hour sessions either side of lunch.

    On Successful Completion

    On successful completion you will need to consent to us sending British Canoeing your details if you want a certificate. 

    There is an additional fee of £8 for Discover (£6 for BC members)