Canoe Safety and Rules

Canoeing and Kayaking is relatively simple to learn, and a wonderful way in which to enjoy the river. However, your safety on the river is our primary concern.

The upper reaches of the River Alde can flow at a similar speed to a brisk walking pace, depending on the state of the tide. At the river edges and when the tide is lower, the tidal flow is less strong.

Prior to your trip we will give you a briefing about the river itself, the tides and some advice on the best direction of travel allowing for the tide (and sometimes wind) in the available time that you are hiring the boat/s. Most importantly, we will ensure you are confident in handling the craft before we let you go.

However, customers should be aware that the River Alde is not a boating lake and that considerable effort, at times, is required to canoe and kayak against wind and tide. Please do not underestimate this when you are considering making a booking. An adult on their own in a Canadian canoe with small children, for example, can find it very hard work without the help of another adult.

Some important rules

  • Buoyancy aids (provided) must be worn at all times by all customers
  • We reserve the right to postpone canoe and kayak hire if we feel the conditionsare unsuitable
  • We will not hire craft to under 18s, unless they are accompanied by an adult in the party
  • Children under the age of 7 years are not allowed on the river in our canoes or kayaks
  • We do not allow non-swimmers on to the water in our craft
  • We won’t hire out to solo paddlers for safety reasons.
  • We will only hire out to stag and hen parties provided that we are satisfied that excessive alcohol will not be consumed.

For more information please contact us.