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Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to give watersports a go, but I'm not sure I can?

Paddlesports is for everyone. Whether you think it’s not possible because of age, disability, illness or good old fear we will show you otherwise. Perhaps book on to a One on One Kayak lesson or Paddleboard taster to find your confidence.

How do I book?

Our scheduled courses are available to book online or by phone. For small group sessions please email or ring 01392 219600 to discuss what you would like to do. We will arrange a date and it’s that easy. Payment is required at the time of booking, your place on a course is not guaranteed until the payment has been received.

Do you run courses for Children?

All of our courses are for adults (18+) only. If you are going to be going out as a family, we have found teaching the parents alone is the best method, then you can practice and teach with your children as you go out. For activity days and parties please contact our neighbours at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre.

What time do I need to arrive for my course?

We will aim to start your session at the time booked. Please allow enough time beforehand to get parked and changed.

What should I wear?

Warm light clothing, fleece is ideal.
No jeans
Full change of clothes
Solid footwear that you’re happy to get wet. Old trainers are perfect.
On full day courses please bring a hearty packed lunch and plenty to drink.
Any paddling gear you may own.

What equipment do you use?

We have access to the whole AS Watersports Demo Fleet to use. We offer lessons in all craft, Sit on Top, Sea Kayak, Touring Kayak, Open Canoes, General Purpose Kayaks nad paddleboards.
All Paddleboard lessons are run using our fleet of Red Paddle Co Inflatable paddleboards.

Will I have to capsize?

Whilst some people are keen to get wet others aren’t. Our aim is for you to learn and enjoy the day so if you don’t want capsize we won’t make you. Obviously, we can’t guarantee you not having a little dip but have a chat to your instructor if it is something that worries you, they will be able to help.
We take lots of one to one kayak lessons on becoming comfortable with the water and capsizing. Our inhouse instructor Liam is part otter and always willing to get in the water to guide you through it.

What facilities do you have?

Tuition is a small but hugely important part to AS Watersports. As such we can’t accommodate huge groups. We specialise in 1 to 1 instruction and small groups. This means all our courses are of a high quality. For One to Ones we have changing rooms and secure lock up in the shop for your bags. Larger groups and weekend courses we use the facilities of Exeter Canoe Club with who we have a close partnership. This gives us access to a large changing room, hot showers, a classroom and tea and coffee making facilities.

Where can I park?

Drive past the shop (on your left) and carry on 100m. Take the first right into a large public car park.
Haven Road Car Park

What is you cancellation Policy?

We reserve the right to cancel courses/trips and tuition at any moment if we feel the weather is unsuitable.
We require 48 hour notice for you to cancel your lesson, course or trip. Any later than this and you will be charged at the full rate.
Please call if you are running late.

01392 219600

Call us for more information

AS Watersports

1 Terracina Court

Haven Road 





Our Tuition Courses run through the summer