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Canoeing is a relaxing way to experience nature with others, especially a young family. Learning basic skills can increase enjoyment and confidence when getting out on the water.  All our courses are run by British Canoeing qualified instructors. 

Minimum age 8 unless otherwise stated.

We offer gift vouchers for all courses for that perfect present. 


Canoe Start - 90 min

  • No previous experience necessary

  • Age 10+

  • 19th May 10:30am

  • Book one place per paddler, you will be paddling tandem


The first step on your canoeing journey, you will cover basic safety, what to wear, how to get in and try some paddling as a pair. A great place to learn some basic skills.

Private courses available on request.

1.5h session with basic introduction to the equipment, safety briefing with around 1 hour on the water. British Canoeing Description.


Canoe Hire - 1h

  • No previous experience necessisary

  • Sessions 30th & 31st April


Want to try a canoe in a safe environment? Fancy taking the kids out on holiday but want to see how it goes, or just to have a bit of fun. Hire a canoe and enjoy the water.

Sessions are booked by the boat (up to 2 adults, see below)

1h session, 50+ minutes on the water. An instructor will be present to ensure safety but this is not a coached session.


No minimum age although we recommend babies can sit unaided. Life jackets are available for age 0+. Canoes will hold 2 adults with up to 2 U5s or 1 U12. Two over 8s may paddle a canoe alone, U8s must have an adult in the boat with them on the water.


Paddle Safer - 2.5h

  • Recommended experience: Canoe Start or having been out paddling a few times.

  • Suitable for anyone relatively new to paddling wanting to know how to be safe on the water

  • Age 12+


This British Canoeing course is designed to help you develop a better understanding of how to be safe when taking to the water.  This is a safety course rather than a personal skills course, although you will have paddling time on the water.

This course is in a small group and will be tailored to the questions and needs of the participants. Bring along your own equipment and any questions you have to discuss with your instructor.

You will look at:

  • Equipment - Boat & paddle, what to wear and what to carry with you

  • Environment - Where is it safe to paddle, effects of weather

  • Trip Planning - Things to consider & resources available

  • Rescues - Looking after yourself, others and calling for help on the water

Participants completing this course will receive an electronic certificate from British Canoeing as well as an Open Paddling card giving them access to Open Paddling Sessions

2.5h course with around 80 minutes on the water  British Canoeing Description.

MCP Instructors retain the right to refuse use of unsuitable equipment. A replacement will be provided if required.


Open Paddling -1h

  • Upon completion of either Ready2Ride/Born2Ride/Paddle Safer award you are eligible for our open paddling sessions


These sessions are open to all craft with appropriate awards. 

You may bring your own equipment (please Clean, Check and Dry between watercourses) or hire from Milton Country Park (£5 for adults, free for U18s)

Buoyancy aids and shoes are mandatory. Self-inflating belts are not sufficient.

1h sessions, these are not coached but an instructor will be present to ensure safety.

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