Just messing about on the river

Family canoe kayak and SUP activities in Essex

Great fun water-based activities for kids and adults alike

Essex Outdoors is a leading provider of paddlesport activities in the south east. We offer a wide range of sessions for all levels, from beginners to experienced paddlers. Our family-friendly paddlesport activities include

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP): Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to explore the waterways of Essex. It is a relatively easy activity to learn, and it is a fantastic way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. And with our mega SUP’s you can enjoy the river with a group of up to 10 people!

Kayaking: Kayaking is a more challenging activity than SUP, but it is also a lot of fun. Kayaking allows you to get closer to nature and explore areas that are not accessible by boat.

Canoeing: Canoeing is a great way to paddle with friends or family. It is a more relaxed activity than kayaking, and it is a great way to enjoy the scenery.

You and your family are in safe hands

Our professional instructors provide constant supervision, and all technical equipment is supplied, so all participants need to bring is a pair of shoes that can get wet, a change of clothes, towel and a willingness to have fun.

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Saturday paddle club

Adults and children can try a range of water-based activities at our Harlow centre, including canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

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SUP taster sessions

Regular Tuesday evening sessions for children and adults on the River Stort at Harlow – learn the basics of stand-up paddle boarding.

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The big Christmas river clean up

Join us at our Harlow centre this December for a leisurely day out paddling on the river Stort

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Paddlesport technical courses

A range of professional and technical courses and qualifications allowing you to progress through the levels up to becoming an instructor.

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