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Advanced Canoe Skills

With the perfect combination of lakes and rivers, Cumbria has some of the finest open canoe paddling in the country. On the advanced course we will work in this stunning environment to hone your open boat skills until you rival Bill Mason!

On this course we aim to:

  • De-mystify the art of poling.
  • Improver your open water paddling.
  • Fine tune white water technique.
  • Develop your rafted or individual sailing technique.
  • Help you to gain a deeper understanding of leadership and rescue in advanced conditions.
  • Develop your river reading skills to make those tricky moves easy.
  • Give you understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the different ways to set up a boat and help you pick the method that best suits your paddling.

These courses are run on very small ratios and so are designed to meet the needs of the individual. Prior to booking we would have a phone conversation to decide what you want from the course. During the two days your performance would be analysed and feedback given as appropriate. We guarantee that you will leave the course with a deeper understanding of the art of canoe paddling and with clear action points for your development.


At this stage I am sure you are aware of what equipment you need for a paddling day. However we have a range of open canoes and other equipment you might want to try on the course. We can discuss this prior to the course and it might be one of the objectives of the day.


There are a range of lake options that could be used to tailor the two days to meet your individual needs. It can be based on the northern, central or southern lakes using Ullswater, Derwentwater, Windermere or Coniston.

There are some great open canoe rivers in Cumbria to choose from:

  • The classic continuous nature of the Greta will challenge your river reading skills.
  • The big volume and pool drop rapids of the Eden helps you develop dry lines as you paddle wave trains.
  • The technical rapids of the Lune offer a great and precise challenge.

These and many more are all within easy reach
We will agree the precise venue closer to the time, taking into account the objectives you want from the course

Please contact us to discuss other dates if those on the calendar do not suit. We are happy to put on a course for a minimum of four people.

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Advanced Canoe Skills
Advanced Canoe Skills

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Wild River recommends that all customers take out personal insurance for the activity.

We can tailor a course to your specific needs.

If you cannot find the course you want or the date you need then please contact us and we will try to meet your needs.

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