• Kayaking experience in a closed-cockpit kayak on the River Wye
• Tuition from a BCU qualified kayak coach
Half Day Kayaking
• Learn basic kayaking skills and develop paddling techniques to manoeuvre the kayak
• Fun games to put you new skills to the test
• Lessons takes place locally on a section of the River Wye
• Maximum group size of 8 to one instructor
• Lessons last 2-3 hours
Full Day Kayaking
• Spend the morning concentrating on skill and technique as per half day itinerary
• In the afternoon you will be taken on a short expedition down river
• Put your new skills to the test whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery and playing some games along the way
• Lessons last 5-6 hours
What Can I Expect
Kayaking on Wales's Wye river is a great way to explore the waterways! Climb aboard your kayak to discover exciting and challenging water on these half and full-day kayaking experiences near the stunning Brecon Beacons area of South Wales.These sessions are ideal for those with no or little previous experience of kayaking.
Your kayaking session starts with meeting your coach, who will be a fully qualified member of the British Canoe Union. Once kitted up with buoyancy aid, helmet, paddle and kayak, (wet suits may be hired at approx. £3.50) your instructor will take you through a land-based safety briefing and explanation of basic techniques.
When it comes to kayaking, most people's biggest concern is if they have to do a capsize drill - well, worry not, at this Welsh kayaking centre there isn't one. That's because these days it's not necessary, as modern kayaks are a lot more stable, controllable and far safer to get into and out of than before. So there's no fear of having to get wet before you even start your waterborne adventure!
Once you've been through all the procedures on dry land, it's time to take to the Welsh water! The little village of Glasbury (Y Clas-ar-Wy in Welsh) is one of the most popular spots in South Wales for kayaking and canoeing, as it's a crossing point for the River Wye and is just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park - so it's all very picturesque!
The remainder of the morning session is spent out on these local waters learning the paddle techniques and practising your skills in your very own closed cockpit kayak for one. If you’re on the full day course, the waters of Wales will be explored further in the afternoon, as you head off on a short expedition downstream to take on some more demanding flows.
If you decide to carry on with kayaking, these taster sessions in kayaking at Wales's most friendly activity centre can contribute towards your British Canoe Union's One Star award. So what are waiting for? It's time to get paddling as you head to South Wales to learn kayaking!
• April to October subject to water levels and weather conditions
• Sessions are available weekdays and weekends
• Meeting time is usually 9.15am with half days finishing between 12:00 and 13:00, full days finish about 16:00
• Minimum age 12, and of average height, to be able to use a kayak safely
• Anyone under the age of 18 must be signed in by a parent or guardian
• There is no upper age or height limit but there is a weight limit of 18 stone and larger built participants may have problems being accommodated in the kayak
• Please also bear in mind that kayaking is a fairly physical water-based activity.
• Not suitable for spectators as participants are moving around on the water, but you can meet them at the start/finish points
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Facilities at the activity centre base include refreshments, toilets and changing areas
• The centre can also assist with finding suitable overnight accommodation for clients.
• River Wye, Powys, South Wales