Water Activities Centre

 Registered Charity No: 1025713

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We offer taster sessions all day, for a half day or in an evening.


Our kayak/canoe group, the ESSA Paddlers, meet on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer months and welcome new members of any experience. It is the best time to come down and try a new experience, hone your skills and to learn about the other paddling disciplines with our enthusiastic coaches.


Access to the river allows us to go for expeditions along the River Lea and paddle the Broxbourne Loop, situated directly behind ESSA.


We also offer the following BCU courses:


BCU One Star

A flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills in both a Kayak and Canoe


BCU Two Star

An improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact.


BCU Three Star

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner.

Unlike the existing award this will be discipline specific with awards in Sea, Surf, Canoe, WW Kayak, FW Kayak and some of the competitive disciplines. The three star paddler will be a competent performer in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, with similar standard paddlers on sheltered water. The new award will look similar in structure to the existing 4 star, but with the skills applicable in an easier environment.