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Sussex Kayaking Experience

Get paddling, with this wonderful half day West Sussex kayaking experience day!

Price for 1 participant

This fantastic West Sussex kayaking experience is a fantastic half day of paddling that will teach you the skills you need to get out there and enjoy a really versatile, thoroughly enjoyable and totally exhilarating sport. Kayaking can be enjoyed on rivers, lakes, and in the sea, meaning that wherever you are in the UK, you won't be too far from a kayaking location - all you need are the skills to be able to do it safely and competently, and you can kayak almost anywhere!

On the day of your experience, you will meet your instructors and group for a safety and introductory briefing. After this you will be fitted and kitted with the necessary safety gear, before getting in your kayak, ready to get paddling! Out on the Sussex lake, you will spend time navigating the lake, manoeuvring your kayak around any obstacles, and learning the important basic kayaking skills you need - even capsizing, if you're feeling confident enough! You and the group will also get involved involved in some fun water-based games that will help you develop your paddling skills - and have fun while you do it!

This Sussex kayaking lesson is just ideal for new kayaking recruits, or people who've paddled before but might need to brush up on their kayaking skills. An ideal gift for outdoorsy types, and a fantastically fun family day out or group activity, this kayaking experience day is sure to put a smile on your face!

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Weight: 18 stone.

All participants must be able to swim 50m - 2 lengths of a standard pool - fully clothed.
This is a two hour kayaking experience. You should allow a little longer than this for the full experience.
Spectators are very welcome to come along and watch the kayaking lesson from the shore.
This kayaking experience is available for booking on selected dates between March and October.

Current dates for 2016:
16th July 09:30-11:30
20th August 14:30-16:30
11th September 14:30-16:30
29th October 14:30-16:30
All kayaking equipment and protective gear you need will be provided for you at the kayaking location.

Please bring a towel and a nice warm change of clothes for after your experience, as your clothes are very likely to get wet.
The weather may affect your kayaking lesson in Sussex. In extreme conditions, you may be required to reschedule your kayaking experience for an alternative date.
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Evie on the Road Film Strip 4If you're an avid reader of this blog, you'll know I went kayaking last year and absolutely loved it, so to go again was an absolute dream! This year I went with Abby up to the Weir Wood Reservoir to meet Hatt Adventures for a Sussex Kayaking Experience.


On arrival the weather wasn't looking great, but that wasn't going to stop us from going out on the water! We met Tom, our instructor, and the rest of our group, before getting kitted out and introduced to our kayaks for the session. Standing as a group, we practised paddle movements and correct handling of the oars, as well as what to do if you capsize (which I was strongly hoping didn't happen!). After the safety brief it was time to shimmy our way onto the water.


At first we were a bit wobbly, and often found ourselves facing the entirely wrong direction, but with Tom's expert help and a bit of practice, we were soon sailing along the reservoir at a steady pace. This activity was perfect for getting a good experience of all kayaking has to offer, getting both technical knowledge and the lovely views.


Tom was keen on teaching us manoeuvres such as moving sideways and keeping the boats going in a straight line - which is easier said than done! As a method of practise, we played a ball game in two teams, where the aim was to pass the ball to each other and try to hit Tom's boat to score a point. Unfortunately us girls lost, but it was definitely a good way of learning and great fun!


We casually paddled along the edge of the reservoir, passing teepees and fields, before heading back to the shore for a de-brief. This experience is great if you're looking to learn the skills involved in kayaking, whilst enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Because this activity takes place on a reservoir not a river, there are no pesky currents to put you off your game, so you get to practise those moves uninterrupted! A fantastic experience gift for those looking to pick up a new hobby, or just want to try something different. Many thanks to Tom for inviting us along and being a wonderful instructor!

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