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Canoe 2 Hour Introduction Lesson at Chester-le-Street

£44 per person, a minimum of 4 required for sessions to run.

The perfect way to get started with canoeing if you’re a curious beginner! Get out on the water and give canoeing a go on one of our 2-hour taster sessions. Our aim is to give you all the information and experience you need to decide if you would like to invest further in the sport.

It’s fun, and a lot easier than you think! The session will be led by one of our qualified instructors. This is your chance to pick their brain and ask as many questions as you want!

Please remember these sessions are for newcomers to sample the sport. If you are wanting to learn specific skills, then please look at our other courses.

The session will be on the river, providing a fantastic location with calm waters. You will be on the water for most of the session, which will include paddling and some bank-based coaching. 

What we will cover in the canoe taster session:

  • Equipment knowledge
  • Launching and landing your canoe
  • Basic paddle strokes and skills
  • Safety

When you arrive at our venue you will be met by a member of our team and they will fit you with your equipment and you will be given a short safety briefing and explanation in the use of the equipment before getting onto the water. The session will take place on a calm stretch of water. You will be taught how to sit comfortably, control and stay safe in your canoe as well as hopefully interacting with some of the local wildlife.

Prerequisite (what experience should I have)
  • None, just happy to be on the water.
  • Suitable for ages 5+
What’s included

We provide you with all the canoeing and safety equipment.

  • Wetsuit – please check your wetsuit requirements, you will be asked to provide your required wetsuit size during the booking process.
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Canoe and paddle (in wet and windy conditions you will be supplied with a cagoule.)
  • Pictures from your session will be available to download from our Flickr account
What should I bring to the adventure?
  • Swimwear for under your wetsuit
  • A big fluffy towel for afterwards
  • Soft shoes to wear inside your canoe that might get a bit wet (no flip flops or crocs please)
  • Sunscreen and a sun hat
  • Feel free to bring shorts and tee on a warm sunny day (no wetsuit required)
  • Some light refreshments for afterwards
Venue location and your arrival details

A beautiful location for an enjoyable canoe experience. This section of the River Wear is well sheltered from the elements and allows us to paddle on a calm stretch of flowing water. The river is abundant with wildlife, and provides a great little haven for spotting kingfishers, otters, heron, salmon and sea trout, mute swans, muscovy ducks, great black-backed gulls, wood pigeon, and the occasional glimpse of roe deer! 

This great riverside venue, at the sea cadets centre in Chester-le-Street, and the address and postcode can be found below. There is a pay and display carpark and the approx. will be £2. 

Donald Owen Clarke Centre (sea cadets building), Riverside. Chester-le-Street (DH3 3QR) 

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Your Alexander Adventures team will meet you at our riverside base. Our venue has changing rooms and toilets. 

Private session

Talk to us about scheduling your own private session. With a minimum of 4 paddlers, you can choose a date and time to suit you!

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