Kayaking Taster Sessions

Calder & Hebble Navigation, Sowerby Bridge, Canalside, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, HX6 2AG

Life skills and interests

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Our partners Blackdog Outdoors are running separate ‘one-off’ Kayaking Taster Sessions on the Calder & Hebble Navigation Canal, for our Calderdale and Kirklees learners.

During this “one-off” taster session you will be introduced to Kayaking, and you will learn some basic paddling skills from a fully qualified instructor. You will then take a leisurely paddle down the canal, with the rest of the group and the instructors. This stretch of the canal is beautiful, passing through open countryside and parts of our industrial heritage, with regular sightings of moor hens, swans, geese, and other wildlife. These sessions are a great opportunity to try something new, see some interesting sights and have some fun!

The sessions are suitable for all fitness levels and abilities. All kit will be provided, and we will be wearing buoyancy aids when on the water.

Please note this is a taster and priority will be given to learners who have not previously attended a kayaking session.

Here’s what some of our previous attendees have said about these sessions:

“Fantastic peaceful along the canal with no pressure to be excellent at kayaking just fun and relaxing.”

“That it is one of the best things you can do for your confidence and is the best gateway to mindfulness I can imagine. I would say please try this even if like me you initially think you can’t. The level of achievement and the peacefulness on the water will be evident. That even in the rain and rowing against the wind you will feel grateful you did. I would explain that despite having COPD I loved doing it and wish I had discovered this course earlier”. 

“Fantastic relaxing and enjoying nature. The teachers are brilliant and make you feel welcome and helpful for whatever you need. They made me feel at ease when I was really anxious”.

For more info about Kayaking please follow the link below:


If you are already enrolled with the College please express your interest in these sessions by email us at: ckrecovery.wellbeing@swyt.nhs.uk

If you are new to the Recovery & Wellbeing College, please enrol here.



At Calder & Hebble Navigation, Sowerby Bridge

Start dates and time

Term Thursday11 April 202410:45am-1:00pm1 weeks
Term Thursday25 April 202410:45am-1:00pm1 weeks
Term Thursday9 May 202410:45am-1:00pm1 weeks
Term Thursday6 June 202410:45am-1:00pm1 weeks
Term Thursday20 June 202410:45am-1:00pm1 weeks


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