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Youth Canoe Club

canoe - Up to 16 people


Woodmill is a pillar of the Paddlesports community and a great place to interact with other paddlers. This is partly because of our location but mostly because we love to paddle. Every person who joins our paddling community will be given a paddler development log book. This is to help guide your development and set you up as a proficient paddler able to go off and explore on your own.

Don’t tell anyone…but Woodmill is definitely Southampton’s best-kept secret!

To those who drive past it, it probably just looks like any other old brick building. But step inside this converted former mill and it’s like walking through the wardrobe into Narnia. With an unexpected tranquil haven full of wonder and surprise (but without the lions or witches, obviously).

Why not purchase our Youth Canoe Club Class Pass? Click here to buy 12 sessions for the price of 10!

Aimed at developing children who can paddle confidently, our Youth Canoe Club sessions are fully supervised by one of our qualified instructors. The sessions are structured around the paddler development programme and introduce children to all Paddlesport disciplines.

If you're already a member, please send us a message on Facebook or email and a member of the bookings team will be able to book your session for you.

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 your child, or anyone in the household, are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. We will coordinate all activities so your children will join your group straight away after sign in.
  3. We will ask all children to wash their hands upon arrival, in between activity sessions and prior to eating.
  4. We will offer activities that do not require high physical support / physical contact.
  5. We will be deep cleaning twice daily as a minimum standard.

What to bring

We recommend you bring a change of clothes and a bottled drink. If you have your own clothing, feel free to bring this along. Otherwise, all specialist kit and equipment is provided.


If you've paddled before, you're in the right place! If not, why not try our Kayak or Canoe hire?


Kayak fundamentals : basic intro to kayak efficient forwards paddling and how to manoeuvre craft. 

Canoe tandem fundamentals  : basic intro into canoeing   As a pair. Looking at how to effectively move your craft as a pair. Teamwork based session. 

Raft build: having a go at creating and building your own raft using barrels and poles and see how well you can get it to work on the water. 

River journey: take a trip up river having a look at what the non tidal part of the river itchen has to offer. 

Sea kayak: out on the lake in sea boats having a go at paddling those and seeing how they differ from any previous craft youve paddled. Looking at different parts of a sea boat and there uses. 

Canoe solo:  introduction into how to paddle solo and what skills you may need to be successful! 

Safety essentials:  water confidence based session. Learn the techniques on how to safety get yourself back into craft and how to assist others too. Looking at gaining confidence in your chosen craft and how to complete wet exits successfully. Definitely going to be a splash! 

Games games games: a full session of all the fun games that can be played while out on the water! The session where we play games we already know but to also discover new games too! 

Whitewater intro: a session made for people who want to progress from flat water on to a bit of moving water. Learning the basic skills to be confident out on moving water. 

Kayak development : looking at more in depth in to kayaking and developing skills further to make your paddling experience easier and to make things a bit slicker. 

Canoe tandem development : looking at more in depth skills within tandem canoe to make paddling easier and to make everything a bit slicker. 

Down river sea boat trip: a down river trip in sea boats to cobham bridge looking at efficient and effective forwards paddling and how to use a skeg to your advantage. 

Racing boat experience: a session based on learning the skills of paddling faster slimmer sleeker kayaks. Learn how to stay up right and the effective way to paddle with speed. Could definitely involve a swim! 

Young coaches: a session based on giving young people the skills in their tool box to be the next generation of coaches. Giving people the skill set not to only be able to do the skills themselves but to teach other people how to do it too! 


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 Meet and Greet sign.

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre
£15.50 for children

Sat, 30th Oct
09:00 - 11:00 · 14 spaces left
Sat, 6th Nov
09:00 - 11:00 · 16 spaces left
Sat, 13th Nov
09:00 - 11:00 · 16 spaces left

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