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What our clients say...

"Absolutely fantastic weekend! In fact ace service from point of enquiry email to close of course. everything very personalised to the goals we want to achieve. Pre-course information was excellent, really detailed itinerary so we knew exactly what to expect and was delivered in advance so we had a chance to adjust if we wanted to. Great standard of kayak, drysuit, paddles, tech equipment for being at sea. We both took big steps forward in our techniques. We now feel so much more confident about our trip to Menorca. Level was perfect. - lots of info but didn't feel overloaded or baffled at all."

"Fantastic course, really enjoyed it!! Plenty of information sent through before the course. Excellent equipment. Got more than I was expecting, learnt loads."

"The course completely met my expectations, and then some! I came to fix my paddles strokes – learned how to do exactly that! Helped me decide which paddles are actually right for me!  Had all the info I need in advance; plan was formulated for the actual conditions in a timely fashion.  Felt very comfortable expressing my needs and aspirations both before the day itself and throughout the day. Sean is super knowledgeable."

"Got the push I needed. Also most coaches paint out paddling faults, Sean actually acknowledged what was going well. Chose Wild River because they were able to offer a bespoke course."

"Just wanted to say thank you for a great day today with Ian, we really enjoyed ourselves and both felt like we improved as the day went on. We were able to use skills we had learnt previously but Ian's coaching style was fantastic allowing us to learn new skills and develop our existing ones without ever feeling pressured allowing us to feel confident on the water. Ian was also very patient and gave us a lot of positive feedback when we were struggling at times, his way of explaining and demonstrating the techniques really worked for us as we have struggled on other courses. Please pass on our thanks, we will certainly be using your company again in the future and will recommend you to friends and family."

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Tailored Adventures or Coaching

We can provide a range of skills coaching options including: 

  • Have a great weekend paddling with friends while someone else deals with the logistics.

  • Bomb-proof the white water roll that works most of the time. 

  • Take the first steps to understanding moving water.

  • Use advanced river running techniques to paddle harder rivers under control. 

  • Take your open canoe on more advanced rivers.  

  • Perfect your boofing technique.

  • Improve your river reading skills to paddle technical water smoothly and easily. 

  • Open canoe across one of the many cross-Scotland routes.

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Why not create your own course?

Whether you're looking for an open canoe expedition in Cumbria or further a -field, 5 days running the classic Lake District becks or a one to one coaching day to improve your paddling skill. Wild River can provide all this and much more. We will tailor a course to your specific needs.

Drysuits are available to hire, subject to availability.

Contact us to discuss what you would like and we will do our best to provide it.

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Tandem Canoe July 2018

"Absolutely brilliant!! Sean regularly checked to see that the equipment we were using ie paddles were correct for what we were doing. I joined the course without specific expectations as I was a learner and newcomer to the sport. The course exceeded all expectations and more. Sean was absolutely clear with technical instruction and was always prepared to repeat information if I wasn’t completely clear. Sean was able to judge where I needed extra support / advice / instruction as an individual rather than a member of a tandem canoe."
C Morse

"Excellent! Perfectly adapted to our needs. Very high standard of equipment. Higher than expected! I expected instruction on technique, which I received but I also received very good instruction on river reading, decision making etc. Technical content was perfect – it put vague concepts into practical reality and instilled self-confidence."
R Wilkinson



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