One of our best team building activities. In small teams you will paddle a quiet and secluded section of the River Chelmer. Taking part in various different challenges designed to help and encourage you to be part of and work as an efficient team. A great sense of achievement when beginners are able to take control and manoeuvre their boat for the first time!

Maximum group size: 12
Minimum age: 7

Core Values


Not giving up, Facing fears, Encouraging others.

Team Work

Work together, Perform and contribute, Guide and advise.


Controlling your emotions, Listening to instructions, Leading your team.

National Curriculum Links:

Physical Education

Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities in a team. Physically active for sustained periods of time Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. Lead a healthy, active lifestyle.


Identify the effects of air resistance, water-resistance and friction that act between moving surfaces.
Explore resistance in water by looking at boats of different shapes.


use the eight points of a compass, four and six figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build knowledge of the United Kingdom.

We help children to:

  • Learn from mistakes, bounce back and try again
  • Try new things with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Believe that the harder they work, the better they will get at the things that they do
  • Never give up!
  • Love learning!
  • Concentrate
  • Keep on trying when challenges occur
  • Think their way through problems
  • Ask questions and think about our world
  • Make links and notice patterns in their experiences


Water resistance, paddle, bow, stern, blade, rotation, feathering of blades, efficient paddle, thwart, stroke, coordination, cooperation, canoe.

Activity Passport Links:

You can complete 2 achievements with this activity.

Make up your own game and teach it to someone else

Learn a new game

National Trust Links:

Spot a fish

Float in a boat