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Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayak & Canoe along the Dorset Coast with Cumulus Outdoors


Come and join one of our experienced instructors to discover the delights of kayaking and canoeing in Dorset. Enjoy at least 2 hours on the water as you explore the beautiful scenery along the Dorset coastline under your own paddle power. We offer kayaking trips to a range of nearby locations, including the River Frome near Wareham, Swanage Bay (groups of 6+) or Poole Harbour – the second largest natural harbour in the world.


Kayaking on the Dorset coast

This fun filled outdoor adventure activity is ideal for school and youth groups, businesses away days, or families looking for exciting things to do in Dorset. No prior experience is necessary – we cater to all abilities, including complete beginners and children aged 8 and above. So, there’s no need to worry if you’ve never done it before you can learn the ropes in a safe and supportive environment! Kayaking in Dorset is an absolute must if you’re seeking an adventure!


Paddle the Jurassic Coast

Take in the beautiful views along the Jurassic Coastline, from the unique viewpoint of the sea during one of our morning or afternoon sessions. Enjoy a leisurely paddle as you follow one our experienced instructors and familiarise yourself with the fundamentals of kayaking. At the beginning of the trip you will learn how to control a kayak using different paddle strokes, basic navigation and safety before putting your newly acquired skills into practice as you explore the waters around Dorset.

Whilst upholding the highest standards of customer care and safety, we always try and incorporate a bit of fun into our trips. Where possible we play water based games, which only add to the experience! It’s really important that our participants have a good time and feel comfortable at all times, so we tailor our courses to the needs of the group and paddle at a speed that is suitable for all. We use top quality sit on kayaks during our kayaking trips. They are extremely stable and easy for beginners to learn the ropes.

Cumulus Outdoors is an award winning provider with an excellent reputation for delivering exceptional outdoor adventure activities in Dorset. We recently won the gold award at the Dorset Tourism Awards in the Active and Sporting Experience category!


Done Kayaking?  Why not learn the art of Canadian Canoeing

This ancient sport (before kayaking) was developed by the native peoples of North America when canoes were used for travel and fishing and were made out of tree trunks. Thankfully, we’ve moved on a bit since then! In a fun introductory session, you’ll be taught new skills and get to experience paddling a canoe in tandem and solo. We’ll then put your newly acquired skills into practice exploring either river, Poole Harbour or the surrounding Jurassic coastline.

Like a bigger challenge?

With our qualified instructors, you can experience the thrills of whitewater in Dartmoor, Exmoor, Kent or even Wales. Paddling in tandem you can conquer rivers such as River Dart, River Exe, River Medway or the magnificent River Wye. Choose from a day trip or an expedition led trip over a few days camping out! Please contact us for further details and prices.

FAQs - The Essentials


What type of kayaks do you use?

The kayaks are the sit-on type. They are incredibly stable which enables us to focus on the fun side of the activity rather than teaching you to stay upright.

How long will the session be?

The session lasts three hours and you will have at least two hours on the water. Please note our kayaking and canoeing trips are weather dependent.

What do I need to bring?

Dress appropriately for the weather with waterproofs and spare clothing , but no jeans or tracksuit bottoms.  Old trainers are good for footwear

Where will we be kayaking/canoeing?

We kayak mainly on the river Frome by Wareham Quay, around the beautiful Swanage Bay and the two piers, and weather dependent, trips to Old Harry’s Rocks a World Heritage site

What is the minimum age for canoeing and kayaking?

Eight years and accompanied by an adult.

What is the minimum group size?

The minimum group size is 5 and then 6 for the Swanage Bay location. If you have a smaller group number then we attempt to join you with another group to enable you all to get out and enjoy the water.

Is there a minimum swimming requirement?

Everyone should be able to swim and you will be provided with buoyancy aids.



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Lots of Fun!

We went sea kayaking, and the guys ran it so well. They were organised, enthusiastic, knew what they were doing, and looked out for everyone. Highly recommended!
Emma Taylor




Wasn't sure quite what to expect. Sam, their instructor took 10 of us out in two 'man' kayaks. We looked at various parts of Swanage and Old Harry from our Kayaks. We all had a good laugh doing some silly competitions. Our ages ranged from about 10 through to 65 and none of us had any previous experience. Sam made it very safe and couldn't do enough for us.
Three of us are now thinking about buying Kayaks, that says something!



Wonderful Trip

We had a wonderful kayaking trip to Old Harry Rocks from Swanage. The kayaking was great fun but the really beauty was the unique view of the scenery and wildlife. It really was a fantastic trip which my 11 year old son and I both loved. The team were very professional and friendly to be with, providing as much help as you needed. I would not hesitate to do this trip again.

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