Canoe Trail regularly works with local schools to offer watersports activities, canoeing, and kayaking. Working alongside our award-winning social enterprise Inspired Life CIC we have engaged with over 32,000 young people.

Our canoeing, kayaking, and adventurous activities have been delivered in the school setting and as part of learning in the outdoors. Our coaches and instructors are experienced at tailoring sessions to meet curriculum needs, towards qualifications, and to develop life skills. We work closely with schools to provide full copies of all health and safety paperwork including copies of insurance, risk assessment, and qualifications.

We ensure activities are structured to provide safe environments to learn life skills including communication, problem solving, teamwork, leadership, risk management, and decision making.

We believe that learning in the outdoors and expanding young people’s experiences with structured activities including canoeing, kayaking, and team challenges helps prepare them for the challenges of life and the working world. Our school trips and youth programmes are proven to raise self-esteem and develop life skills for young people equipping them with new skills and learning for life.

We usually structure bigger groups and school parties with multiple activities in rotation to allow the participants to experience different challenges.   We have provided a broad range of activities and programmes including enrichment activities, adventure school formats, summer school programmes, and work experience weeks for vulnerable learners.

Activities Provided for Schools and Young People Include:

  • Paddle races in school using our kayak ergo machines (SB)
  • Team building and problem solving activities (SB/OB)
  • Adventure Planning talks and workshops (OB/SB)
  • Taster sessions for canoeing and kayaking (OB)
  • Taster sessions for SUP (OB)
  • Race events for Canoe, kayak and SUP (OB)
  • Fun and games in canoes and kayaks (OB)
  • Giant SUP XL Paddle Board (OB)
  • Low ropes activities (OB
  • Raft Building (OB)
  • Zorbing (OB)
  • Hiking and Orienteering (OB)
  • Pioneering (OB)
  • Bushcraft skills (OB)
  • Canoe and Kayak Journeys (OB)
  • Residential Programmes (OB)


OB – Outdoor Based / Water / woodland

SB – Schools Based