Kayaking on Wales’s Wye river is a great way to explore the waterways! Climb aboard your kayak to discover exciting and challenging water on these half and full-day kayaking experiences near the stunning Brecon Beacons area of South Wales.These sessions are ideal for those with no or little previous experience of kayaking.
Your kayaking session starts with meeting your coach who will be a fully qualified member of the British Canoe Union. Once kitted up with buoyancy aid helmet paddle and kayak (wet suits may be hired at approx. £3.50) your instructor will take you through a land-based safety briefing and explanation of basic techniques.
When it comes to kayaking most people’s biggest concern is if they have to do a capsize drill – well worry not at this Welsh kayaking centre there isn’t one. That’s because these days it’s not necessary as modern kayaks are a lot more stable controllable and far safer to get into and out of than before. So there’s no fear of having to get wet before you even start your waterborne adventure!
Once you’ve been through all the procedures on dry land it’s time to take to the Welsh water! The little village of Glasbury (Y Clas-ar-Wy in Welsh) is one of the most popular spots in South Wales for kayaking and canoeing as it’s a crossing point for the River Wye and is just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park – so it’s all very picturesque!
The remainder of the morning session is spent out on these local waters learning the paddle techniques and practising your skills in your very own closed cockpit kayak for one. If you’re on the full day course the waters of Wales will be explored further in the afternoon as you head off on a short expedition downstream to take on some more demanding flows.
If you decide to carry on with kayaking these taster sessions in kayaking at Wales’s most friendly activity centre can contribute towards your British Canoe Union’s One Star award. So what are waiting for? It’s time to get paddling as you head to South Wales to learn kayaking!