CANOE & KAYAK BOAT TYPES WE HIRE

WHAT BOAT IS BEST FOR ME?

Boat Type Boat Size Capacity Suitability level
Canoes
Canoe 2 man Canoe 2 Adults Everyone
Canoe 3 man Canoe 3 Adults or 2 adults & 1 child Everyone
Canoe 4 man Canoe 2 Adults, 2 children Everyone
Kayaks
Kayak Single 1 Adult prior training in capsize/x rescue
Kayak Double 2 Adults or 1 adult & 1 child prior Kayak training in capsize/x rescue

Canoes

Open/Canadian style, single blade paddle, native North American origin. Best paddled as two man boats by adults, 3 men are good for when there is an odd number in your group. (ie. if you are 9 adults take 3 two man canoes and 1 three man canoe) These are great family boats, which can be joined in pairs as rafted canoes for the rapids or for the nervous.  If you are one small family of either 4 or 5 persons when booking – we are quite happy to give you two canoes (for the price of one) rafted together.   We use a mixture of 15’ Grumman(2 man) and 17’ Old Town(3-5 man) Canoes.

Suitability Level: everyone
Capacity: 2-3 adults; 2 adults/2 small kids; 2 adults/3 very small kids

RAFTED CANOES – Pairing Canoes Together

This is a very fun, social and safe way of enjoying the river. We join a pair of canoes parallel with a spar across the centre making a catamaran style boat. They are pretty much impossible to capsize, very stable to control, great for young families and anyone not so sure.

It is possible to raft any pair of canoes together even if an odd number such as a 3 and 4 man. This is compulsory with U10’s on any trip through Symonds Yat rapids unless with Intermediate – Advanced paddlers(see our page on Skill & Experience levels).

One small family of 4 or 5 we are more than happy to give you two canoes rafted together for stability and peace of mind for the price of one.

KAYAKS

Sit in, double blade paddle, Inuit Eskimo design. Our boats are 1 man Dagger Approach Expedition kayaks, excellent all-rounders and 2 man Dagger Blackwaters. Fully equipped with seat pads, backrest, thigh grips, footrests and deck hatchs.

Suitability Level: 1 man kayak – 1 star award or equivilent experience (ability to control the boat, keep it straight and have practiced a capsize and exit of a kayak)

Suitability Level: 2 man kayak – Beginners (these models are very open and stable, we have found they are great for 1 parent and child as they are easy for the adult to paddle and control)

 EQUIPMENT PROVIDED

Canoes come with paddles, buoyancy aids, a map and a dry storage barrel for your belongings(these are not guaranteed although normally dry so don’t bring electricals).

Multi-day 2 man canoe hire comes with 2 XL(120Litre) storage barrels for your camping equipment.

Multi-day 3 man canoes only have space for 1 XL barrel and some personal dry bags.

Kayaks come with asymetrical paddles, buoyancy aids, helmets, a spray-deck and dry bag. Kayaks only have enough space for overnight if you travel super light-weight (bivouac or B&B).

Courses we also provide wetsuits and cags for participants.