All pupils are given the opportunity to learn to canoe and kayak.


The opportunities available depend on the different year groups. At Elleray Campus, pupils from Year 3 to 6 are involved in weekly sessions of sailing, canoeing or kayaking from September through to the end of October, and from April to July.


In the Senior School, Adventure continues with fortnightly half-day sessions for pupils in Year 7 to 9. Students in Year 7 follow a rotation of different activities which currently involves at least two half-day sessions in the Autumn, one canoeing and one kayaking, followed by a river journey in the Summer term for those who show commitment. Pupils in Year 8 and 9 can opt into half-termly sessions of canoeing and kayaking, and put more emphasis on easy white water rivers and paddling journeys.


We have a range of different canoes (suitable for both flat water and white water paddling), a collection of white water kayaks (suitable for all ages) and a fleet of sea kayaks for use on Lake Windermere and some of our larger expeditions.






Canoeing and kayaking are popular after-school activities for all year groups.


In the warmer months, we run a variety of different sessions from our Watersports Centre, Hodge Howe, coaching complete beginners through to more experienced paddlers. During the Winter months, the more experienced pupils can attend the night sea kayaking activity on Windermere, and our kayak Eskimo rolling sessions take place in a local swimming pool.


Those members of staff who hold a 5 Star Award organise a variety of trips at the weekends. There are day trips on local rivers and lakes, and two-day expeditions to Scotland or Wales for larger bodies of water and expeditions on the sea. 


Pupils in Year 12 and 13 are encouraged to enroll for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and paddling expeditions have become increasingly popular. Training for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award takes place during the Sixth Form’s weekly CAS sessions.


Expeditions are tailored to meet the needs and interests of the group and in the last few years, our pupils have completed their qualifying expeditions by paddling the Rivers Spey, Derwent, and Wye. There was a trip to Loch Lomond and Loch Long and the students who enjoy sea kayaking completed their expedition around Arisaig, off the West Coast of Scotland.