Canoes, kayaks, hire, guiding and coaching.

Guiding and Coaching

"We had a great time, it's really rare when you're learning and having fun at the same time!!!"


"We went away feeling more confident and can't wait for our trip now..."


Water Awareness Day


Anyone can enjoy one of our water awareness days, but they are designed to be particularly useful for anyone who:

  • is interested in canoe or kayak hire and would like some basic tuition first;

  • has recently bought, or is thinking of buying, their first canoe or touring kayak;

  • has done some canoeing or kayaking on placid sheltered water, and is thinking of moving onto more committing conditions...

Water Awareness Days are available for river or open water environments (including coastal and estuaries).  Read more...

Guided Trips 


Maybe you have done some paddling, or been on a course, and have the basic skills, but are not yet confident to plan and carry out a trip.


A guided trip will give you the confidence of being out on the water with someone who has already done the homework!  Read more...


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Canoe and Kayak Skills Coaching

Backwaters offers a range of skills coaching opportunities; from introductory "taster" days to improver coaching on moving and open water.

Between us we are qualified and experienced across the spectrum of canoesport, and if you are not sure what is right for you, we will help you choose the most appropriate craft and environment to get the most out of canoeing or kayaking.

Our courses are run on an informal flexible basis, to give you the skills and experience to move on in whatever form of canoeing or kayaking interests you.  Read more...


Prices for a group of up to 6 people (canoeing and kayaking)


Using your own equipment

£350 per day for coaching/guiding.

+ transport costs (quote provided on booking)


Using our equipment:

cost of equipment hire if applicable

+ £250 per day for coaching/guiding.

+ transport costs (quote provided on booking)


Land-based guided and coached outdoor activities.