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Adult Paddling Masterclass

kayak - Up to 16 people


So you’ve given paddlesport a go, decided it's for you and you want to find out where it can take you next.

Come along to our master class sessions, where you too can become the master of the paddle. There’s no experience necessary on these sessions, our expert coaches will deliver high quality sessions to get you progressing skills fast. Each session is unique (check out the Autumn Itinerary below) and focuses on a specific skill to give you the confidence on the water.

Why take part in Woodmill's Paddling Masterclasses?

  1. Masterclass sessions allow you to have Taster of other advanced courses available at Woodmill, supporting the focus of your paddlesport pathway. We recommend regular attendance at our masterclass classes - allowing you to become a well-rounded paddlesport aficionado!
  2. Sessions have specific goals allowing paddlers to measure their progress.
  3. Paddlesport is amazing for fitness. You’ll develop your cardio, physical strength and flexibility.
  4. Masterclasses are a great way to prep and benchmark your skills for Woodmill’s off site trips.
  5. Masterclasses are a safe environment to start levelling up the challenge under the watchful eye of our coaches.

 Click here to buy 12 sessions for the price of 10!

Please Note:

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering COVID Secure activities to the public.

To ensure that we can provide a safe environment for all participants and our staff, we are implementing the following procedures;

  1. We ask that you not attend if you, or anyone in the household, are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. We will coordinate all activities so you will join your group straight away after sign in.
  3. We're following all British Canoeing guidance including teaching ratios, social distancing and safety protocol
  4. We will ask all participants to wash their hands upon arrival, in between activity sessions and prior to eating.
  5. We will offer activities that do not require high physical support / physical contact.
  6. We will be deep cleaning twice daily as a minimum standard.

What to bring

All equipment is provided, and the sessions all run from Woodmill’s four accessible waterways.


All equipment is provided. If you have your own drysuit, you're more than welcome to wear this.


Take me to the river.19/09: Take a trip up river with one of our friendly instructors to see what the non-tidal part of the river Itchen has to offer. Also taking a look in to what you would need to plan a trip and what to take on a trip with you. Whether you have paddled before or just starting out this is a session for everyone.

Kayak 101 26/09: Come along and learn the basic fundamental's to kayaking. This is the perfect session for anyone who is just starting out and wants some friendly advice or for people who have previous paddling experience but would like to work on the efficient and effective forward paddling and to make improvements on their current techniques.  

It takes two to tandem. 03/10: Introduction in to the world of tandem canoe, come along in a pair and have a go at learning how to paddle a canoe together and master the art of teamwork paddling. Will focus on moving the boat effectively forwards looking at how you can turn the boat together and moving the boat sideways while stationary and on the move.  

Racing craft experience. 10/10: A session based on learning the skills of paddling faster slimmer and sleeker kayaks. Learn how to stay upright and the effective way to paddle with speed. A session with the potential to end up with a swim! 

Solo canoe 101. 17/10: A session based on learning how to paddle a canoe solo. Looking at the skills needed to manoeuvre and paddle a canoe on your own. Looking at how to paddle your canoe and keep directional control as well as more in-depth skills to really put your solo paddling to the test.  

Kayak development. 24/10: Looking at more in depth in to kayaking and developing skills further to make your paddling experience easier. Looking at more efficient forwards paddling, looking at moving sideways on the move and ways in which you can link strokes together. Having a look at edging the boat to see what effects paddling while also looking at recovery strokes in case the edging goes wrong!    

Safety essential's 31/10: A session based on water confidence in whatever craft you choose. Learn the techniques on how to safely get back into your chosen craft and how you could assist others too.  A session aimed at individuals gaining the confidence they need when it comes to wet exits and how to deal with them when they occur. Skills learnt in the session are based off British canoe Foundation safety and rescue course. This is defiantly going to be a wet session.  

Whitewater 101 07/11: Want to progress from flat water? This session will give you the skills to move confidently on white-water, break in and out of the flow, ferry glide, and defensive swimming. Perfect for prepping for one of our white-water trips. 

She paddles 14/11: A social ladies only paddle. Designed to create a safe environment to explore and adventure together. Working with some of Woodmill's female coaches for the development progression and participation of female paddlers. Choice of whatever craft you want to paddle and experience.  

Sea kayak 21/11:  A session out on our lake in sea boats having a go at paddling them and seeing how they differ from any previous craft you’ve paddled before. Looking at different parts of the boats and how using them can help or hinder your paddling. Having a look at how you can self-rescue these craft and what kit you could use to help yourself but also other paddlers around you.  

Solo canoe development 28/11: Looking at more in-depth solo paddling skills to make your solo paddling more efficient and effective as well as adding more skills to your tool box.  Having a look at canoe sailing and polling which are different ways of moving your canoe. Have a look at using some more advance skills that would be useful if you wanted to develop further and undertake the British canoeing canoe award.  

Downriver sea boat trip 05/12: A trip down the tidal section of the river Itchen in sea boats looking at effective and efficient paddling. Paddle down to the railway bridge having a look at the use of the skeg and how to use it to benefit you. Will also cover what sort of kit you would need to take with you on a trip out and why.  looking at touring skills to aid progression and for people who would like to experience further distance paddles.  





Full refund if cancelled 21 days prior to the commencement date

If cancelling a booking more than 21 days prior to the activity commencement date, alternative dates, course credit or a refund can be offered. For some cancellations an administration fee may be charged. Cancellations within 21 days are charged at the full rate and non-refundable.

Cancellation of any booking must be made in writing. For cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice, please contact the venue direct by telephone. Please familiarise yourself with our full booking Terms and Conditions by clicking here.

If the conditions on the day aren’t ideal but the activity is still taking place, refunds & rescheduling will only be provided under special circumstances. We look forward to seeing you at your sessions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with a member of the team.

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Where we'll meet

Please meet in the main car park, next to the meeting point sign.

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre
£15.50 for adults

Sun, 31st Oct
09:00 - 11:00 · 14 spaces left
Sun, 7th Nov
09:00 - 11:00 · 15 spaces left
Sun, 14th Nov
09:00 - 11:00 · 16 spaces left

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