Introduction to White Water Kayaking course with Wilderness Development

Introduction to White Water Kayaking course with Wilderness Development

If you have some flat-water kayaking experience under your belt, then take the next step onto kayaking white-water rapids!

After a quick session teaching you the fundamental new skills you’ll need to survive on the river, you’ll descend the rapids under the watchful eye of a fully qualified white-water instructor. You’ll need to put all your new skills to use if you want to stay dry- a clear head and lots of perseverance will help you become rock steady on the water. Over the session you’ll make several trips down the river, giving you time to see your technique improve with each run.

White water kayaking is a great adrenaline rush, we’re sure once you’ve tried it you’ll be hooked!

Suitable for me?

You’ll need ample flat-water kayaking experience under your belt to make the transition onto white water, equal to BCU 2* or at least several hours of kayaking.

White Water kayaking is not suitable for young children under the age of 14. The maximum group size we will safely accept is 4. You should be aware that this is a more extreme activity, and to stay safe you will need concentration, physical strength, and to follow the instructions given.

The maximum recommended height for this activity is 5’11” (180 cm) and weight of 15 stone (95kg).


For South Manchester bookings, the River Mersey from Burnage to Sale. For North Manchester bookings, the River Irwell near Bury. For bookings further north or full-day trips, the River Lune near Kirkby Lonsdale.


All specialist safety equipment is provided free of charge, including boat, buoyancy aids and helmets. We can also offer you wetsuits or waterproof kayaking Cags (waterproof tops) for a small fee, if you want to stay a bit warmer and dryer!


At the Irwell venue, basic changing facilities can be provided, including coin operated showers.  On the Lune, there are public toilets, but no formal changing facilities. At the Mersey there are no free public facilities, but a good pub at the finish. There is no charge for car parking at any venue.

Pre-course information

You can download lots of specific pre course information including all the information on this page, along with detailed maps and directions for the meeting point:

Costs, Availability and Offers

Our white water kayaking day costs less than £65 when you book in a group of three or more or £75 for individuals. A private session costs £220 for each group of four people.

To see available dates and locations, visit the online booking system. For more information call Will on 07941 645 520.

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