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Our canoeing programme consists of kayaking and canoeing. Canoes are generally open boats where you use a single paddle often in pairs. Kayaking is usually performed solo with a double paddle. Kayaking and canoeing fills a big part of our summer programme, not just because it’s great fun in the sun, but because it is a great activity to help our students to develop skills like balance, co-ordination and self-control.

Here is a list of some of the skills our students will learn at the end of a term;

Hard Skills

  • How to fit and check all equipment
  • How to select the correct craft and paddle for them
  • How to adjust the craft to their size
  • How to paddle in a straight line
  • How to turn the craft
  • How to control a kayak on moving water

Soft Skills

  • Communication
  • Self control
  • Respect and trust for others
  • Ability to manage their feelings positively

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows


Penkford School. Wharf Road, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 9XZ

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