The kayaking taster experience usually takes place on a section of the River Wye, with a maximum group size of 12 to one instructor.
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 this full day kayaking taster experience in South Wales that is ideal for those with no or little previous experience of kayaking.
The River Wye action starts with meeting your kayaking coach, who will be a fully qualified member of the British Canoe Union. Once kitted up with buoyancy aid, helmet, paddle and not forgetting the 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, fear 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. The waters of Wales will be explored more in depth 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, this taster day 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! Just one of a selection of canoeing and kayaking activities from IntotheBlue.
The centre is open April to October subject to water levels and weather conditions, on week and weekend days. Meeting time is usually 9.15am finishing about 4pm.
The minimum age for the kayaking experience is 12 years 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. Facilities at the activity centre base include refreshments, toilets and changing areas. The centre can also assist with finding suitable overnight accommodation for clients.
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