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Family Fun Canoe 90 minute session at Chester-le-Street

£28 per adult and £24 per child, minimum of 4 required for each session to run.

The perfect way for all the family to jump in a canoe and enjoy a fun and inclusive session together! Get out on the water and give canoeing a go on one of our 90 minute FUN sessions. Our aim is to have you working together to paddle your way along the river on this playful adventure! 

It’s fun and a lot easier than you think! The session will be led by one of our qualified instructors. 

Please remember these sessions are for families to sample the sport as a fun activity. 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 fun session:  

  • Basic strokes and skills  
  • Safety  

You will meet 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, 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 and in 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
  • Paddle for each guest 
  • 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 
  • Soft shoes to wear in your canoe (no flip flops or crocs please) 
  • Sun screen 
  • Some light refreshments for afterwards 

Venue location and your arrival details 

 A beautiful location for a blissful 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 charge will be approx £2.  

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

What Three Words Location – ///lion.pill.finishing  

Your canoe 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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