Taster Sessions

Evening taster sessions are for Scout/Guide age and older to experience canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding (SUPS). Please note that due to the nature and environment of the docks we are unable to take cubs and brownies and younger members.

The sessions are for approximately two hours, usually between 7 – 9pm. Due to light levels in April and September we will start earlier and be subject to sunset times.

Dependant on the evening we offer from one to three instructor led session. The maximum for each instructor to participant’s ratio is 1: 8 on the water.

Each session will include all kit and safety equipment with safety briefing and basic training being provided.

Please note that the term Canoeing is a generic one covering all our craft (kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards also called SUPs).

Adult Courses

ASGCC endeavours to offer training courses to develop paddling skills for adults working towards Scouting Adventurous Activity Permits or British Canoeing qualifications.

Competent paddlers, by arrangement, can shadow the evening sessions to gain experience with group handling to aid working towards a permit. Although the skill necessary to obtain a permit are based on British Canoeing qualifications, it is not a requirement to hold the relevant British Canoeing qualification to obtain a permit.

Based on need we arrange various courses such British Canoeing Paddlesport Safety and Recue (PSR) or  British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor (PSI) using external coaches.


Kayaks are fun and manoeuvrable. They are paddled solo, which means that there is one paddler per kayak. We have sufficient kayaks to provide for up to three instructor led sessions with up 24 participants in total.


Canoes are also referred to as open canoes or Canadian style canoes. Our canoes have between two and three seats. An experienced paddler can paddle them solo. We have sufficient open canoes for two instructors up to two instructor led sessions with up 16 participants in total paddling tandem canoes. As canoe sessions require team work and good communication between the tandem paddlers they are great opportunities to bond and team building.


Stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) have become very popular in recent years. Despite their name, they can be paddled kneeling and sitting, as well as standing up. So whatever your sense of balance, taking a SUP on the water can be great fun. We have nine SUPs which are sufficient to provide one instructor led session. Note we currently only have a small number of instructors for SUP’s, as the sessions will be dependent on instructor availability. SUP’s are susceptible to wind and due to the changeable nature of the dock a kayaking session will be offered as an alternative if it is too windy.