If you are new to kayaking our beginner lessons are for you.

Our qualified instructor led sessions on the beautiful Hamble River will see us get you paddling with confidence.

Your 1 hour session is split into two defined sections; during the first half of your session you will develop an understanding of the equipment, how to turn as well as paddle in a straight line, how to recover yourself should you fall off the kayak.


While the remainder of the session is your free time to paddle and put your new skills to use.


Our beginner kayak lessons also have a teaching ratio of one instructor to eight paddlers ensuring we are able to help you develop over the duration of the session.



Are you new to Kayaking and want some one on one time with an instructor or perhaps looking to improve a facet of your paddling?


Then a private kayak lesson at The Paddle Centre is for you.
What ever your paddling needs, we at The Paddle Centre can work with you to plan your session and deliver upon agreed goals; leaving you confident to take to the water and put your new skills into action.
Whether it be something as simple as you wanting the focussed attention of an instructor as you start your kayaking journey or you are looking to develop specific areas of your paddling; we can help you.

Just book your private lesson online and we will be in touch to understand your goals for the session. Or why not give us a call and have a conversation around your needs



British Canoeing Qualifications

We deliver a range of British Canoeing Awards all based at recognising the skills and achievements of the learner. 

All of our Award courses are learner focused, we work with you to help you reach your goals. 

We currently deliver the following from British Canoeing:

  • Start Award 

  • Discover Award 

  • Explore Award 

See our bookings page for more information on individual courses​.

Additional British Canoeing courses run on request.



Join us on a instructor led trip up the river hamble.We will start by making sure everyone is safely kitted up and ready to get on the water.


As you get on we will teach you the skills you need for the trip. Your instructor will guide you up the beautiful river Hamble stopping to point out the array of wildlife we can find on the river. On our Safaris we will try to have a small break at the Horse & Jockey pub (you may wish to bring some money for this).


During the trip we will play a few games and take part in some challenges. Our Sit on top kayaks are extremely stable allowing anyone to give this a go, no experience necessary.


So what are you waiting for? join us on the beautiful river Hamble and after only a short paddle you are immersed into the stunning natural surroundings.


Contact Us

The Paddle Centre

Swanwick Shore Road, Swanwick,

Southampton SO31 1ZL

Tel: 01489 536151

Email: info@thepaddlecentre.co.uk


Tuesday - 12:00 - 20:00
Wednesday - 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 12:00 - 20:00
Friday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00


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