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Schools and youth groups

Southmere Boating Centre has been teaching sailing, kayaking and canoeing to schools, colleges and youth groups for almost forty years.

Many schools, colleges and youth groups come to the Centre purely for fun as they feel that learning to kayak, canoe or sail is hugely enjoyable and a tremendous opportunity for young people to gain new skills.

Additionally we can offer activities suitable for schools’ key stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 commitments and teach kayaking and canoeing as “outdoor and adventurous activity” elements of BTEC, GCSE and A level PE courses.


The centre is inspected and licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA)*, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and  British Canoeing (BC) and all our activities conform to these governing bodies’ safety standards.(*Southmere Boating Centre is registered with The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) as licensed to provide the following specified activities:
                                               Open Canoeing
Licence details can be confirmed by calling The Licensing Service (tel: 029 2075 5715).

All those taking part must be confident on, in and around the water and must wear a buoyancy aid at all times.

Although outdoor activities sometimes require a degree of physical fitness, we are able to cater for all abilities. If you have any doubt concerning any student's ability, please telephone the Centre for advice on 020 8310 2452.

All of our sessions are under the direction of suitably qualified instructors.


Our fleet includes over 100 kayaks and canoes, as well as around 40 sailing dinghies (mostly toppers and bosuns).
We also provide personal buoyancy aids and protective wet-weather clothing, etc.

Students are expected to provide a complete change of personal clothing (including footwear) and a towel.

Available activities

The centre is able to offer sailing, kayaking and canoeing at the present time. Southmere Boating Centre operates all year round.

How to book

The flexibility of our timetabling enables us to arrange sessions to suit college and school needs and fit in around busy schedules.
Contact the centre to discuss your requirements.
We need to know:
                    -  Your preferred dates

                                                          -  Your preferred times

                                                          -  Number of students

                                                          -  Any special requirements

We will endeavour to provide sessions that meet your requirements whenever possible.

A booking contract confirming the details of your request will be sent to you in writing.

Upon receipt the details should be checked and one copy of the booking contract signed, dated and returned to the Centre Administrator. The second copy is for your records.

Please note:

Your booking is only confirmed once the Centre receives your signed booking contract.

You will then be invoiced for the booking.

Payment should be made prior to the start of the first booked session.

Group fees from April 2017 to March 2018





Charge per group of 12*



Single session

Up to 1.5 hours – min booking        

Canoeing, kayaking or sailing

(min booking 1.5 hours)


Long session

2 hours

Canoeing, kayaking or sailing



Half day

2.5 hours tuition

Canoeing, kayaking or sailing



Full day

5 hours

Canoeing, kayaking or sailing


*We can cater for much larger numbers of students at any given time but we book groups
in multiples of 12.

NOTE: All prices are applicable to bookings that commence after 1st April 2017.

Should you have any questions or queries about booking, please contact :
Giles Brunning at the Centre on 020 8310 2452 or email us at:

Bookings – rules and regulations


·         Sessions are booked for given periods of time.

·         The school/group agrees to use the sessions as detailed on their booking agreement.

The Centre reserves the right to cancel or alter an agreement at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
Credit will be offered should this occur.


·         Schools/groups would usually be invoiced prior to the booking commencement date.

·         Payment should be received prior to the booking commencement date.

·         If the school/group requires a receipt for payments made they should supply a SAE for that purpose.


·         Cancellations cannot be made by the school/group once the booking has been confirmed by the Centre.


·         Note that equipment preparation is allocated within your timeslot.

·         Please allow time for changing before the start of the session and showering/changing afterwards.

Student behaviour

·         Students must work and stay together as a group.

·         Students must abide by all safety and behaviour guidelines issued by Centre staff at the start of the course.

·         Failure to follow instructions will result in the student being excluded from the session and/or the Centre.

Use and abuse of the facilities and equipment

·         All schools/groups will be held responsible for any damage caused by their group members to the Centre
and/or its equipment.

·         In the event of the school/group causing damage, the named person on the booking agreement will be
charged the cost of repair and/or replace

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