Arethusa Canoeing


Using our enclosed dock basin you will be instructed by Arethusa’s BCU coaches to discover boat handling skills and play games and fun activities to help improve your paddling skills.

Why not try the American Indian style of open canoeing. This watersports activity needs patience and teamwork to master. These boats can also be rafted together if needed for a more stable craft. Great for both able-bodied and disabled participants.Suitable for: 8yrs +
April – OctoberOn the RiverUsing the River Medway, Arethusa take groups on either an introductory canoeing session or a river trip.

The river is tidal and provides an enhanced challenge to canoeing in the dockbasin, and is suitable for adults and teenagers.

Introductory river sessions take place outside the Arethusa Venture Centre; our instructors will give a safety brief and then help you discover basic paddling skills or improve your techniques. Skills will then be refined by doing activities and playing games.  A short trip will be incorporated into the session.
River trips take place between Rochester and Arethusa (half day trip), and can also be organised for full days.

Suitable for: 11 yrs +
April – October

Based at the Chatham Maritime Docks, Arethusa’s Watersports Centre is the place in Kent for Sailing, Kayaking and Canoe courses

We are a British Canoe Union Approved Centre and RYA Training Centre, licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, which all adds up to the very best in safe supervision and training and plenty of fun for everyone involved!

Our regular watersports centre programme includes;

RYA OnBoard Club: A Sailing club for 7 to 15 years old. Currently running on Thursday and Friday evenings. please enquire for further information

Paddlers Club: Also running on Thursday and Friday nights. This is a Club for all ages to experience some basic paddling skills.

Pay and Play Nights: Selected equipment will be available to rent to experience new sports or even develop existing skills.

Arethusa Watersports Club Membership: For an annual fee and a standard fee for use of equipment on the day, this is seen as an alternative and cheaper option to buying your own kit. Members will also qualify for discounts on formal training courses.

Arethusa Watersports Camps: Non-residential activity camps that will be running over the summer holidays.

Day Visits : Dinghy Sailing, Kayaking and Canoeing, Initiative Games, Raft Building, Raft Race Courses & Bell Boating

Watersport Courses:

  • BCU 1 and 2 star Kayak
  • BCU 1 and 2 star Canoe
  • RYA Power Boat Level 2
  • RYA Youth Sailing Stage 1 & 2
  • RYA Adult Dinghy Sailing Level 1 & 2
  • Logbooks, badges and certificates issued

Thanks to our highly experienced instructors and extensive equipment absolutely no experience is necessary for any of these activities. Schools, youth groups and the disabled are all welcome to take part in our activities and receive expert instruction, whether it’s just for fun or to work towards RYA or BCU qualifications.

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to arrange an appointment to come for a look round, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly office team.

Arethusa Venture Centre
Lower Upnor

Tel: 01634 719 933
Fax: 01634 295 905

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