What is the difference between a Canoe Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard?
As this is one of the most frequently asked questions we get we have put together a page outlining the main differences between these three craft. You can see this by clicking here.
What kit do I need to bring with me?
Where do we meet?
Please check your booking information each trail meets at a different location.
How fit do I need to be?
No set level of fitness is required - in fact paddling is an excellent method of getting mild aerobic exercise. Please advise us of any conditions that you have that maybe relevant to the activity you are undertaking i.e. Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, allergies, heart conditions etc. If you have any concerns please call.
How big are the canoes?
We offer 2, 3 & 4 person Canoes. A 4 person Canoe is suitable for 2 Adults and 2 children or 3 Adults - similarly the 3 Man will take 2 Adults and one child or 3 small adults.
How big is an Adult???
Anywhere between 8-18st, weights above this can be accommodated please advise us in advance.
What does TheCanoeMan supply?
For your trail you will be provided with:
What if I capsize?
It is highly unlikely! We have very few capsizes maybe 1 in 100 people. If you are that special one then don't panic. If your on a guided trail - your guide will be very nearby and will reunite you with you boat as quickly as is safely possible. If you've hired your canoe wade or swim to the side (with your canoe in tow) empty the boat and get back in! Its recommended that you don't change into any spare clothes until you finish your trip or you begin to get very cold. In the event of an emergency we always provide bank support available on the phone number that will be provided.
Does the event get cancelled in the case of bad weather?
Unless the weather is extreme your canoe trail will most likely go ahead - please dress accordingly. If in any doubt please contact us before leaving home to confirm.
What is the maximum age?
To date our oldest participant was 85! As they say you're only as old as you feel! We would however kindly request that if you have any special needs or have issues that may concern you about paddling then please contact us to discuss the matter further.
What is the minimum age?
This is more dictated by size - we have to be happy that your child is completely secure in a fully approved buoyancy aid. Ours usually fit children down to about the age of 4. If you have your own CE approved Bouyancy Aids you should be OK to use them subject to our instructors approval.
15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 16 to 17 year olds are able to join guided trails without an accompanying adult (max of 2 per booking).
Would a parent on their own with children under 8 be able to canoe or does it take 2 adults?
We find that most adults with children 6 upwards can manage a boat but we reserve the right to ask you to either be joined by an instructor or by another member of the party in the unusual event that you are struggling!
Could you tell me where I need to join you? I don't have a car, can I get to you by public transport?
You can get a Train from Norwich to Wroxham, or for groups of 6 or more we can provide transport from Norwich to Wroxham for £10 per person.
Do I need to bring my own tent and equipment for the canoe / camping?
We supply your equipment for the Canoe Bushcraft trails but for the Canoe/ camping you can bring your own equipment or you can use ours for a small additional fee (Tent + Cooker = £5 per person per night Minimum £10) We recommend you bring your own sleeping Bag / roll mat but these are also available should you need them.
When does your season start?
How good a sleeping Bag have you got??? Realistically March onwards through till October.