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Intro to White Water Kayak (5 Days)

Introduction Level - 5 days | Prices from £525.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 8 reviews

We will make use of our pool and local rivers to introduce you to the essential paddling skills. Along with this you will learn about the equipment, safety and paddle skills required for enjoying moving water. Over the course of several river journeys you will learn the skills to develop / aid your journey towards being a competent, confident grade 2 kayaker.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £650.00
Cost (no accommodation): £525.00
Cost (with accommodation): £650.00
Cost (no accommodation): £525.00

Is It For Me?

This course is aimed at anybody who is keen to develop the skills to kayak white water rivers. To get the most out of this course then you should be water confident, but there is no requirement to have been in a kayak before. As part of the learning process getting wet and capsizing is inevitable, so come prepared for a bit of getting wet as well as a lot of fun and learning. If you want a week with plenty of opportunity to learn to paddle whitewater and develop skills to have confidence on Grade 2, then this is the course for you.

Course Aims

This course will provide the paddler with plenty of experience of paddling a variety of Grade 1 and 2 rivers. In addition to this the week will focus on safe river running strategies, white water safety and rescue as well as of course developing your personal paddling skills for white water. Getting solid white water kayaking foundations skills from our top coaches will ensure a lifetime of white water adventures – there is no better way to start.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than six with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the week’s activity with you.

Day one we will help you sort out any boats or paddling gear you need to borrow from us. Then we will make use of our local loch, Grade 1 river section and pool to start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in the environment. For the rest of the week we will paddle the rivers that offer us the best water and are at the appropriate grade for the group’s needs. This will include plenty of rivers with Grade 1 and 2, with options for harder if all goes well. The week could involve the following rivers: Spey, Ness, Findhorn, Tay and Avon.

Whilst on these rivers we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling, there may be an opportunity for video coaching as well. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe river running skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle a similar grade of river with friends. As part of this white water safety and rescue is essential, there will be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the week as well, as is needed.

Glenmore Lodge has a purpose made kayak rolling pool. This will be available for use every evening, so during the week we can help you start to develop a roll, which is a essential skill for any white water paddler.

In addition to this you will benefit from your instructor’s wealth of knowledge of additional white water paddling venues around the UK, and more than likely the rest of the world.

Stories will be told and hopefully you will leave inspired and with knowledge to confidently take your paddling to other parts of the UK and beyond.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.

We have a range of some of the latest river kayaks from Pyranha and other top manufacturers.

Our paddling clothing is from Peak and we have a wide range tailored to your discipline.

We use a range of paddles Werner Paddles and specialist equipment as required.


  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets
  • Spray decks
  • Cags
  • Wet suits
  • Wet suit bootees
  • Small drybags
  • Dry suits (only for out of season kayak courses)
  • Paddling Trousers
  • Pogies
  • Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts
  • Towlines
  • Split Paddles


Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Insulating layers – at least two mid weights
  • Fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat & gloves***
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Sun cream – you just never know! ***
  • Sunhat and sun glasses & cord
  • Insect repellent – it may be midgey!***
  • Spare towel
  • An alarm clock
  • Waterproof notebook ***

Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Remember the price is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open. Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.

Course Pre-Requisites

No previous experience required.

Water confidence.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 8 reviews Read all reviews

I have L1 and 3* sea but have never done white water. Unsure if this was the course for me I phoned and after a lengthy discussion was told it probably was. I have to say whoever I spoke to was absolutely spot on with her understanding of skills I already had and those I would need to get me where I wanted to be. Enthusiastic and professional staff in all areas who were always happy to help. Thank you Glenmore staff. You are what makes the learning fun. I will definitely be back.
Deborah Blair Reviewed on 29/05/2016
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To the Glenmore team,

Just a quick message to say thank you for such a fanstastic week.

Everything about the lodge including the facility, accommodation, equipment and food was excellent.

We would also like to say a special thank you to Iain our instructor who was first class. His knowledge, experience, support, organisation, encouragement and enthusiasm helped us all to have great fun, great memories and a fabulous time (he even arranged sunny weather!)

Thanks again - we'll be back.

Mark, Owen and William Tuckwell
Mark Tuckwell Reviewed on 01/09/2015
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Didn't use the accommodation, though I will next time!
Really excellent course, pitched at just the right level for me. Ian is a skilled instructor with an infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors (and bagpipes). Gear and food were high quality. Don't change a thing! Sure I'll be back for another course in the future. Many thanks, Scott.
Scott Nixon Reviewed on 31/08/2015
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The course at Glenmore Lodge was fantastic. The instructors Giles and Fi were both great and really helped the group improve our level of paddling over the course of the week. The progression of skills and rivers used was spot on. I personally got more than I had expected out of the course and it has really helped me to kickstart my paddling on whitewater, and I am feeling much more confident in the kayak. The staff in general were great and very friendly, and the gear store was stocked with great gear to use. The food was really good and there was plenty of it (the coffee and cake was a great way to end the day). The facilities were great and it is in a fantastic part of the world. What's not to like? I'll be back for another course. Thanks!
Geoff W Reviewed on 13/07/2015
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Michael Flynn Reviewed on 13/07/2015
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Thank you to the whole team for having organised such a great stay and a special thanks to Fi for being an amazing coach. I really hope I will get the chance to come back and would strongly recommend the lodge to anyone looking at learning or developing skills in an outdoor sport.

SEBASTIEN MORELLE Reviewed on 25/06/2015
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Loved everything about the course. It would be good to be able to book a single room when initially boking and paying for the course.
Derek Greenhorn Reviewed on 22/05/2015
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Good course, friendly people, competent supervision and concise "curriculum".
Wulf Stratling Reviewed on 18/05/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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