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Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayaking & Canoeing

See the world by water

Learn to paddle or develop your skills on the beautiful, scenic Mote Park Lake based in Maidstone, Kent, UK.

Kayaking is the most versatile way to travel by water. A skilled kayaker can traverse any watery obstacle; from lakes and rivers, to rapids and waterfalls, and even the open ocean!

If you're looking for adventure, or want to get closer to nature, kayaking is the best way to go. Paddle noiselessly down remote rivers where few others have explored before, and get a unique view of your surroundings. Or go for that adrenaline rush and take to the rapids, waterfalls, and open ocean.

Mote Park Watersports Centre offer some great courses to get you started Kayaking and Canoeing.

Learn to paddle or develop your skills on the beautiful, scenic Mote Park Lake based in Maidstone, Kent, UK.

Available Courses

Scouting Paddle Sports Badge

Scouting Paddle Sports Badge

See costing under the level you require Beavers to Explorers

Our courses with the paddle power scheme run alongside the scouting movement's Paddle Sports Staged Activity Badges.

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Paddle Power Start

Paddle Power Start

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This level can often be achieved after your first taste of canoeing.

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Paddle Power Passport

Paddle Power Passport

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Gradually moving you on from your initial taste of the sport, through various skills and knowledge, giving you a really good base from which you could choose to set off onto the next level.

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Paddle Power Discovery

Paddle Power Discovery

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Focusing on developing your technique, skills and knowledge further, all in a fun and flexible way

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Paddle Power Explore

Paddle Power Explore

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Using the skills you developed during Passport and Discover.

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Paddle Power Excel

Paddle Power Excel

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Recognising and celebrating the fact you are becoming a competent, experienced paddler. 

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Beginners 1 Star

Beginners 1 Star

£58 Youth 8-16 Youth
£72 Adult 16+ Adult

This course aims to get you started, no experience necessary, learn the basic techniques. Mixed age course.


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Improver 2 Star

Improver 2 Star

£58 Youth 8-16 Youth
£72 Adult 16+ Adult

In this course you will learn rescue techniques and new paddle strokes as well as improving on your existing skills.


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Paddlesport Activity Assistant Award

Paddlesport Activity Assistant Award

£90 All
Free After volunteering for at least 3 months at Mote Park Watersports Centre. T&C's apply.

The Paddlesport Activity Assistant supports the delivery of paddlesport activities by developing volunteers. 


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FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training)

FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training)

£59 per person

A British Canoeing course in safety in Paddlesports Craft. A day of fun and enjoyment on the water while learning. 


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Rolling Clinic

Rolling Clinic

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A rolling session where you can learn different methods of rolling a kayak. 

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Towing Clinic

Towing Clinic

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Learn a range of paddlesport craft towing methods.

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Activities, Hire & Lessons

Enjoy some relaxed kayaking and canoeing with family and friends, or get some one-on-one tuition to improve your skill!

Sit on top Kayaking

Sit on top Kayaking

Single Sit on Top: £7 for ½ hour - £10 for 1 hour
Tandem: £14 for ½ hour - £20 for hour 10+ unless accompanied by an adult age unrestricted

Sit on Top Kayaks are available for hire for all the family.

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Pool Kayaking

Call Maidstone Leisure Centre for costs 8+ Years

Wednesday 7.45pm - 8.45pm
Saturday 7pm - 8.30pm
Sunday 9am - 10am

Location: Maidstone Leisure Centre

One-on-one Tuition

£45 per hour
£199 per day (5 hours)

A tailored teaching experience by fully qualified coach to suit anyone's needs.  

Activity Session

Schools £8 per person per hour
Youth Groups £6 per person per hour (Weekdays)
Youth Groups £7 per person per hour (Weekends and School Holidays)

Assumed Knowledge: None or little knowledge/ experience

Equipment Used: Full range of Dagger and Old Town crafts used with paddles and buoyancy aids.

Instructor Qualifications: BCU Coach, First Aid, DBS checked, fully insured.

Minimum Duration: 1 hour taster sessions up to 1 day course (10am-4pm lunch 1 hour)

Minimum Age: 8-16 Youth, `16+ Adult

Activity Content: Basic fundamentals of paddling combined with some fun and games. 

Ability after activity: Basic paddling ability and understanding on how the chosen craft works.


Kayak Plastic repairs

£20

If your boat needs repairing please contact us here at Mote Park Watersports and we can repair it for you. 

Kit Float Testing

£10

Here at Mote Park Watersports Centre we can float test your kit if required. 

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Kit Servicing

£10

We can service your paddling kit if you require this.

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