On the water

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Canoeing

The widest range of boats, the widest range of locations and a wide range of challenges

What:

The Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team is able to deliver a wide variety of canoe and kayaking experiences – from taster sessions to the British Canoe Union’s (BCU ) Paddlepower, 1  and 2 star awards.

We are aware that some people are put off by the thought of being stuck in a capsized kayak so we now have 2 fleets of ‘sit-ons’, as well as our general purpose and white water spec kayaks.  We also have two fleets of canadian canoes allowing you to enjoy both single and double bladed paddling.

We provide some of the best coaching you will receive in the Wiltshire area, enabling you to achieve your award to a high standard.

  • 1 star course usually takes between 5-6 hours for complete novices.
  • 2 star course usually takes 8  sessions plus a 3 hour journey BUT this requires lots of commitment and extra paddling time.  It is worth discussing your training needs with us to identify if the 2 star is the best course for your group or whether you should try the D of E specific canoe / kayak training course.

Canoe trips in Wiltshire and Bath?

Why not try one of our KAYAK or CANOE journeys to explore our amazing County.  Choose from the ‘Salisbury Loop’, The Mad Marden, Chippenham to Lacock,  Melksham to Bradford on Avon, BoA to Bath, The River Frome, or a journey along the Wilts & Berks Canal.

Where:

We have access to a variety of sites across the whole County – lakes, canals and rivers – enabling us to deliver that is local, challenging and suiting the needs of your group.  We also run weekly canoe sessions at Brokerswood Holiday Park from March – October for anyone aged 7 and above.  Click here for details

For whom:

We cater for all ages but would suggest this is ideal for anyone aged 7 and above.

We can run sessions for birthday parties / groups / corporate events / school classes and more!

When:

We run weekly sessions open to the public at Brokerswood Holiday Park between March and October. Click here for details

We are also able to run tours, lessons, for fun sessions to order – contact us for details

Do you need to be able to swim?

If coming to our Brokerswood venue – then the answer is NO as the lake is only 90cm max deep!  If you are looking for a session on a river we would encourage you to be able to swim 20m with a buoyancy aid on

What now:

Contact us to discuss your requirements or

Book Canoeing at Brokerswood now

Doggy SUP Sessions

Doggy SUP  sessions in beautiful Wiltshire

What:

A chance to experience Stand Up Paddle Boarding with your dog in Wiltshire.  We have a selection of wide stable boards that allow you and your doggy to enjoy this amazing activity

Where:

Bradford on Avon – meet at the Train Station Carpark

For whom:

Anyone and their dog with a maximum weight on the board of 110 kg.  This activity is physical so participants will need a basic level of fitness PLUS the ability to lift / help their dog on to the board from the water, if needed.

When do these sessions run:

28th June  – meet up at 1830.  Session runs 1900-2030

26th July  – meet up at 1830.  Session runs 1900-2030

30th August  – meet up at 1830.  Session runs 1900-2030

or… we can run these to order if you get a group of 6 people and doggies together

What do I need to wear:

Unless you have an amazing balance – you are very likely to get wet!  We suggest either bringing your own wetsuit or we may be  able to supply wetsuits, if needed.  Otherwise – bring a complete change of clothing and footwear, plus a towel.

Do I need to be able to swim:

No!  You will wear a Buoyancy Aid and helmet.

Does the Doggy need a life-jacket?

Yes!  You will need to bring your own life-jacket along to fit your dog.  We understand that dogs can swim extremely well but the life-jacket will avoid them drowning (if they become too tired in the water) and aid you needing to lift / help your dog back on to your board should he / she jump off!  These life jackets can be purchased fairly cheap off Ebay.

Other Doggy Info

There can be up to 9 other people and dogs on this session.  Your dog needs to be friendly towards other dogs / people!  Please also bring dog poo bags – just in case!

What others have said:

As seen on the BBC  (follow link for film)

What now:

Contact us for more details or if you would like to organise a private session for your own group

Book Now

 

 

Kayaking

The widest range of boats, the widest range of locations and a wide range of challenges

What:

The Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team is able to deliver a wide variety of canoe and kayaking experiences – from taster sessions to the British Canoe Union’s (BCU ) Paddlepower, 1  and 2 star awards.

We are aware that some people are put off by the thought of being stuck in a capsized kayak so we now have 2 fleets of ‘sit-ons’, as well as our general purpose and white water spec kayaks.  We also have two fleets of canadian canoes allowing you to enjoy both single and double bladed paddling.

We provide some of the best coaching you will receive in the Wiltshire area, enabling you to achieve your award to a high standard.

  • 1 star course usually takes between 5-6 hours for complete novices.
  • 2 star course usually takes 8  sessions plus a 3 hour journey BUT this requires lots of commitment and extra paddling time.  It is worth discussing your training needs with us to identify if the 2 star is the best course for your group or whether you should try the D of E specific canoe / kayak training course.

Canoe trips in Wiltshire and Bath?

Why not try one of our KAYAK or CANOE journeys to explore our amazing County.  Choose from the ‘Salisbury Loop’, The Mad Marden, Chippenham to Lacock,  Melksham to Bradford on Avon, BoA to Bath, The River Frome, or a journey along the Wilts & Berks Canal.

Where:

We have access to a variety of sites across the whole County – lakes, canals and rivers – enabling us to deliver that is local, challenging and suiting the needs of your group.  We also run weekly canoe sessions at Brokerswood Holiday Park from March – October for anyone aged 7 and above.  Click here for details

For whom:

We cater for all ages but would suggest this is ideal for anyone aged 7 and above.

We can run sessions for birthday parties / groups / corporate events / school classes and more!

When:

We run weekly sessions open to the public at Brokerswood Holiday Park between March and October. Click here for details

We are also able to run tours, lessons, for fun sessions to order – contact us for details

Do you need to be able to swim?

If coming to our Brokerswood venue – then the answer is NO as the lake is only 90cm max deep!  If you are looking for a session on a river we would encourage you to be able to swim 20m with a buoyancy aid on

What now:

Contact us to discuss your requirements or

Book Canoeing at Brokerswood now

Raft Building

 

What:

A few barrels, a few posts and a few bits of rope – what could possibly go wrong?  Aimed at developing the concept of team work, collaboration and the learning of basic rope work why not try out one of our Raft Building and / or River Crossing challenges.  All kit is provided

Where:

We are able to access a variety of locations (lakes and rivers) across the County including the 4 acre lake at Brokerswood Holiday Park, BA13 4EH,

For whom:

These sessions are great for parties / stag & hen dos / corporate team days and school groups.  We also run fun water sessions for groups who want to spend more time in the water than out!  This includes the chance to sit under a small water-fall.

When:

These run to order or we can be part of a multi-activity party based at Brokerswood Holiday Park – click here for details.

What now

Contact us for more details and to discuss your requirements

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

SUP Tuition / Tours and Fun sessions in beautiful Wiltshire

What:

Stand Up Paddling Boarding (SUP) provides a fantastic way to develop your core muscles and balance, as well as exploring the countryside from ‘a different angle’.  We have a variety of SUP’s (plastic and inflatable) to suit your size and ability.

We even offer DOGGY SUP sessions where you can Sup with your dog! – CLICK HERE for DOGGY SUP session details

Where:

Stand Up Paddle Boarding are run in a variety of locations (rivers, lakes and canals) across Wiltshire and North East Somerset.

  • Bradford on Avon – meet in the Train Station Car Park
  • Salisbury – meet in the Coach Station Car Park
  • Chippenham – meet at the Sea Cadets HQ

For whom:

We run

  • private sessions to order for small groups / individuals
  • ‘open sessions’ for anyone aged 7 and above to book on to
  • sessions for groups (adult parties / corporate / friends- an opportunity for lots of team games and fun!

When do these sessions run:

We run these sessions generally between April – October.  ‘Open Sessions’ can be booked via the ‘BOOK NOW’ button below which will take you to our calendar of dates.  If you want a private / group session contact us directly

What do I need to wear:

Unless you have an amazing balance – you are very likely to get wet!  We suggest either bringing your own wetsuit or we may be  able to supply wetsuits, if needed.  Otherwise – bring a complete change of clothing and footwear, plus a towel.

Do I need to be able to swim:

No!  You will wear a Buoyancy Aid and helmet.

What others have said:

As seen on the BBC  (follow link for film)

And featured in The Times Newspaper

What now:

Or contact us for details including dates for 2019