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.
NEW for 2019 - British Canoeing Instructor Award and the NEW personal performance awards. Please contact the centre for more information.
Scouting Paddle Sports Badge
Our courses with the paddle power scheme run alongside the scouting movement's Paddle Sports Staged Activity Badges.
British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Course
The course is open to all British Canoeing members aged 14 and over and the only prerequisites are British Canoeing membership, registration and FSRT.
Paddle Power Start
This level can often be achieved after your first taste of canoeing.
Paddle Power Passport
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.
Paddle Power Discovery
Focusing on developing your technique, skills and knowledge further, all in a fun and flexible way
Paddle Power Explore
Using the skills you developed during Passport and Discover.
Paddle Power Excel
Recognising and celebrating the fact you are becoming a competent, experienced paddler.
Beginners 1 Star
This course aims to get you started, no experience necessary, learn the basic techniques. Mixed age course.
Improver 2 Star
In this course you will learn rescue techniques and new paddle strokes as well as improving on your existing skills.
Paddlesport Activity Assistant Award
The Paddlesport Activity Assistant supports the delivery of paddlesport activities by developing volunteers.
FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training)
A British Canoeing course in safety in Paddlesports Craft. A day of fun and enjoyment on the water while learning.
A rolling session where you can learn different methods of rolling a kayak.
Learn a range of paddlesport craft towing methods.
Activities, Hire & Lessons
Enjoy some relaxed kayaking and canoeing with family and friends, or get some one-on-one tuition to improve your skill!
Kayak and Canoe General Hire
Kayaks and Canoes are available for hire for all the family.
View Terms & Conditions
Wednesday 7.45pm - 8.45pm
Saturday 7pm - 8.30pm
Sunday 9am - 10am
Location: Maidstone Leisure Centre
A tailored teaching experience by fully qualified coach to suit anyone's needs.
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
If your boat needs repairing please contact us here at Mote Park Watersports and we can repair it for you.
Kit Float Testing
Here at Mote Park Watersports Centre we can float test your kit if required.
Please contact the centre for more information.
We can service your paddling kit if you require this.
Please contact the centre for more information