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What our clients say...

"Fantastic course, really enjoyed it!! Excellent equipment. Got more than I was expecting, learnt loads. Good technical content made everything clear. Excellent use of different angles to demonstrate - probably will be doing other courses in future, cheers guys."

"Didn’t know what to expect as had never been in a kayak before and had only done one day in a canoe. Very happy with my progress but realise I need to put in more to finesse things. Grateful to be lent equipment. Learned lots, surprised how much content there was for two days.  Good to be able to talk direct on the phone before course to go through case."

"The course far exceeded what I was expecting, superb! Paddling has definitely improved."

"I felt safe while I was learning – this for me is important. I came to see where I was and you helped improve my skills. Was looked after well when I panicked but not fussed over."


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White Water Kayak Experiences & Courses

Kayak Skills Course Calendar

We can tailor a course to your specific needs:

Whether that is 5 days running the classic Lake District becks; a one to one coaching day to improve your paddling skill; taking the first steps to understanding moving water; solidifying the white water roll; using advanced river running techniques to paddle harder rivers under control; perfecting your boofing technique; improving your river reading skills to paddle technical water smoothly and easily or simply having a great weekend paddling with friends while someone else deals with the logistics, Wild River can provide all this and much more. Contact us to discuss what you would like and we will do our best to provide it.

Introduction to Whitewater

Introduction to White Water

Cumbria has some of the best white water rivers in the UK. Whether you want your first taste of white water or you want to revisit the basics of paddling on moving water, this course will meet your needs.

Intro White Water

Advanced Whitewater

Intermediate White Water

Do you want to improve your white water paddling?
On our intermediate course we will take you to wherever you are comfortable and challenge you to improve your skills. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will push you at the pace that suits you and prepare you for a higher level of challenge as the course goes on.

Intermediate White Water

Intermediate Whitewater

Advanced White Water

Do you want to improve the little things that make all the difference in advanced water?

On our advanced white water course we work with you in the conditions you want and make you a better technical and tactical paddler.

Advanced White Water Skills

Steep Creeking

Steep Creeking

Want to up the gradient? Take on those drops and slabs? We'll cover the essential skills for tackling steep white water. Providing you with the tactics and technical know how to make the right decisions when your out there on the slides and falls. With a wide choice of the North's creeks on our doorstep, were spoilt for choice.

Steep Creeking

Kayking river Swale

Swale Days

The river swale is an iconic section of advanced whitewater near Keld in Yorkshire. It is made up of 7 drops and rapids that give some great opportunities to fall off stuff with style. Over 4 days of training we will prepare you as well as can be done to paddle the river Swale.

Kayaking Swale

Rolling Sessions

Rolling Sessions

Rolling a kayak is a complex skill that requires the completion of a range of different movements at the same time, whilst holding your breath!

These sessions are run between 8pm and 10pm on a Thursday evening at a small local swimming pool in the North Lakes.

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Video taken by Rowan James during Wild River Advanced White Water Skills trip to Scotland. 



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