When the days get short we host a series of chats, presentations, lectures, workshops for anyone interested in paddling or the outdoors – our Winter Warmers!

We pride ourselves on being more than just a shop, these sessions are all free of charge and there is no booking required.

Grab a coffee, sit down and be inspired at AS Watersports. 

Next Winter Warmer:








When One Trip Isn’t Enough –

Stories from India, Chile and Norway

With Rowan James

7pm Thursday 12th December 2019 at AS Watersports

Rowan grew up in the South West and cut his teeth on the Dart. His appetite for adventure has taken him far and wide. His experience and passion also led to him working as a coach and guide for world renowned Gene17 Kayaking and as an ambassador for Palm Equipment. We can’t wait to hear Rowan share some stories, lessons and insights from his recent travels.


Kayaking ‘The Great Loop’

With Steve Chard

7pm Thursday 23rd January 2020 at AS Watersports

Recently retired South Western Ambulance Service Emergency Care Assistant and Royal Navy veteran Steve Chard decided to embark on a kayaking expedition to celebrate his 60th birthday and to fundraise for charity …but the 4 days/120 miles of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon wasn’t enough after he heard of America’s “Great Loop” – Steve ended up paddling 5700 miles of Canada and the USA ‘s interconnected waterways, canals, rivers, lakes AND the East Coast from Florida to Nova Scotia!!
Come and hear how a novice sea kayaker planned, trained and finally succeeded in becoming a “Gold Looper”… 14 months and 5700 miles!
Steve is fundraising for 2 local charities and 2 national:-
  • Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance
  • Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, Dorchester
  • Kidney Research UK
  • Walking With The Wounded


Muckle Flugga or Bust

With Liz Garnett

7pm Thursday 27th February 2020 at AS Watersports

A trip to the end of the British Isles. Two friends try to paddle a double kayak from John O’Groats to the most northerly rock in the British Isles, Muckle Flugga. It turns into an epic adventure of open crossings, speeding tides, towering cliffs, wildlife,  archaeology and a lot of super noodles.

Chasing Adventure – Paddleboarding Nepal

With Liam Kirkham

7pm Thursday 12th March 2020 at AS Watersports

What is the point of an Adventure?! Why and how Liam ended up on a self-supported 135km paddleboard trip on a remote river in Nepal with a friend that ….”doesn’t paddle”. A light hearted talk for anyone interested in the outdoors.