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Kayaking is a great way to get out on the water and explore nature, whatever your age or ability

The traditional kayak has a covered deck and one or more cockpits, each seating one paddler, who propels the craft with a double-bladed paddle. Modern kayaks vary in design depending on the environment in which they are intended for use.

UHCC members enjoy many styles of kayaking, from touring canals and slow flowing rivers, to exploring the coast in sea kayaks, surfing the waves and experiencing the thrills of white water creeks and rivers.

Types of Kayak

Sea Kayak​

Very long, narrow, with keel and skeg

For travelling long distances at speed

Touring Kayak​

Long, narrow, with keel and skeg

For travelling long distances on flat water

Crossover Kayak​

Hybrid of touring and white water design

For touring and low grade white water


White Water Kayak​

Short with flat or rounded hull

For manoeuvering on white water


Very short with blunt stern and bow

For freestyle kayaking

Surf Kayak​

Short with board-like hull and fins

For surfing and carving waves


Inflatable Kayak​

Packs down for easier storage

For use on sheltered flat water

Sit on Top (SOT) Kayak​

Cockpit-less design

Use is dependent on design

Pedal Kayak​

Similar to SOT but propelled by foot pedals

Tandem Kayak​

Multiple cockpits

For two or more paddlers

Kayaking with UHCC

Our Sunday Bark Store sessions are the perfect place to give kayaking a try and improve your flat water paddling skills. You can bring along your own boat or try one of ours - we have a variety of white water and sea kayaks.

Once you are confident controlling a kayak in this sheltered water environment you can progress to try touring on one of our flat water trips, explore the coast in a sea kayak, or try white water or surf kayaking.

We also run pool sessions from October to April and lake sessions in summer, where you can learn rescue techniques and rolling as well as other flat water skills.

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