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Kids Kayaking for Four

Try out one of the fastest growing watersports and get to grips with paddling a kayak in a group environment.

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Availability: Sessions run on Saturdays and Sundays from June and some weekdays are also available during school holidays. Please note that the venue require booking requests be made with several weeks advance notice. Weather: Kayaking will go ahead in most conditions. For your own safety, very rarely flood conditions may lead to postponement - the venue will contact you if ever a session is postponed. Duration: Sessions last for three hours including a toilet and refreshment break (soft drink or ice cream). To ensure a prompt start, please arrive a few minutes in advance of your start time and allow yourself time at the centre afterwards to shower and change. Numbers On Day: There is a student to tutor ratio of 8:1 and you will be in your own kayak. Spectators: Spectators are welcome and can hire boats in the main season to go out on the river. Safety remains their own responsibility at all times. Cover and toilet facilities are available and a restaurant is located in the park overlooking the river. Dress Code: You need swimwear, towel, pair of old trainers, tracksuit and long-sleeved top (they will get wet). A buoyancy aid and cagoule (waterproof top) each are provided. If you wear glasses, either remove or firmly secure them. Contact lenses may be worn. Guidelines: Northbound exit the M1 at junction 17 onto the M45. At the first roundabout take the first exit onto the A45 Coventry. Join the A445 Leamington and keep following the road (for Leamington/Warwick) to the town centre. Mill Road is off the B4099 towards Royal Leamington Spa and the (signposted) boat centre is in the park. Restrictions: Minimum age is 8 and maximum is 13. Those aged 14 or over are eligible for adult kayaking (see experience code LBCKC). Other Info: You WILL get wet! There are hot shower facilities so please bring a change of clothes and a shower kit. The venue is a nationally approved BCU (British Canoe Union) training centre for children, licenced by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority.

During the session, you can both expect to learn the basics of paddle and boat control as well as general river safety, with instruction taking place in a safe boating area two to three feet deep. Once the basics are mastered, head out into calm sections of the river under the supervision of qualified instructors. Take a trip through the beautiful Jephson Gardens and local nature reserve to explore and participate in games and challenges to put your new skills to the test. Kayaks were originally developed by indigenous people of Arctic regions, who used the boats to hunt on inland lakes, rivers and coastal waters. The first kayaks consisted of stitched animal skins such as seal stretched over a wooden frame. Don't worry, today they are a little more high tech, made from rotomoulded plastic, wood, fabric over wooden or aluminum frame, fiberglass, Kevlar or carbon fibre.

Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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