Canoeing is a great sport to encourage teamwork and balance. The paddlers sit or kneel in the canoe and use a single bladed paddle to propel the canoe.  The canoes can also be paddled solo and you will need to master the “J” stroke quickly to keep the canoe on course. We have  a fleet of 8 Venture Canoes in polyethylene in three different lengths and two Grumman Canoes in aluminium.  The canoes can be used by one or two (or three at Primary age) paddlers.

Our canoe 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 paired up and kitted out with buoyancy aids, canoes and paddles. We cover how to use paddles, capsize drill 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, turning on the spot, followed by a few challenges and some team games such as Bulldog or Leapfrog.  Canoeing can be difficult on windy days, but we will offer alternative craft or activities to suit the conditions.

Sessions can be a “one-off” taster, such as above, or a series of sessions leading to a BC award. For the BC One Star award we would recomend 4 x 2 hour sessions (Primary Schools) or 3 x 2 hour sessions (Senior Schools). The journey element can be done around the reservoir, or at extra cost, we can meet your group at the Grand Union Canal, Harefield for a river trip, finishing off on some moving water. We can provide the BC Two Star award for Senior Schools over a period of 6 x 2 hour sessions which use both canoes and kayaks and you will need an additional river trip added to cover the journey element. To access higher levels of the BC Awards system, we would recommend joining the Phoenix Canoe Club who run regular training trips to UK white water rivers including the Lee Valley White Water Centre plus some exciting expeditions overseas.

Check out our Phoenix Outdoor Centre – Schools & Groups Prices – 2018 or for more details and bookings contact:

Centre Activities Manager – Mark Underwood – 07854 655968 /

Centre Organiser – Phil Atkinson – 07837 585798 /


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