Bell Boating

Bell Boating is a popular activity for Primary Schools at the Phoenix Outdoor Centre – a stable craft that can take up to 10 adults or 12 children plus helmsman. We have a fleet of 3 bell boats which allows us to take a school class on the water together.  You can use the Bell Boat sessions for racing, team building, nature studies or just a fun session on the water.

Our Bell Boat sessions are in up to 2 hour slots and can be tailored to suit your schools or groups requirements and can include activities linked to the Key Stages curriculum. On the first session, we start with a thorough safety briefing and get everyone into teams, kitted out with buoyancy aids, Bell Boats and paddles. We cover how to use paddles, capsize drill (pretty unlikely, but man overboard is a possibility) and parameters of the session before we get on the water. On the water, the first session normally covers forward and backward paddling, emergency stops and turning using opposite strokes each side, followed by a few challenges and some team games such as racing, bobbing and trust games.

Sessions can be a “one-off” taster, such as above, or a series of sessions.


The Phoenix Outdoor Centre is running its 9th annual Bell Boat Regatta on the Welsh Harp Reservoir in West Hendon on Friday 5th June 2020. The event is supported by Decathlon UK Staples Corner and the team will be present on the day with soft archery games and other activities planned. The event is open to one team per school consisting of 10 pupils from Year 5 or 6, plus 2 adult members of staff.  (If there are spare places, we will open up to two teams per school after the closing date of 25th May). This is a fun competition open to primary schools in North London and surrounding areas, with a shield for the winners for fastest time over a set course and prizes for all participants. Download the  Bell Boat Regatta advert 2020 and contact us for a booking form, parent permission forms and risk assessment.

Check out our Phoenix Outdoor Centre – Schools & Groups Price List – 2020 or for more details and bookings contact:

Centre Activities Manager – Mark Underwood – 07854 655 968 /

Centre Development Manager – Phil Atkinson – 07837 585 798 /


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