Pure white water kayaking in a hard shell kayak is a skilled sport that requires several years of experience to be able to paddle the big bouncy white water rapids of mountain rivers.
It is also a sport that has evolved over the years with different styles of kayak for play boating, river expeditions and different skill levels.
However, kayaking holidays span a large spectrum of the sport and there are many ways for people of all abilities to experience the fabulous roller coaster rides of the alpine white water!
For active families without any white water kayaking experience, it is possible to do a beginner white water kayaking holiday which can be tailored to your family where you can learn the basics.
Or, if you have some kayaking skills on flat water and want to make the jump to white water, you can join our White Water Kayaking in the Alps Week for Grade II to III paddlers.
Or, if you are not yet sure that kayaking is for you, you can try a days kayaking as a one off activity on a summer activity holiday.
These family friendly kayaking adventures use sit on top kayaks on the lakes and rivers in the area. A kayak tour down a gentle white water river is a great family adventure to try.
Sit on top kayaks are a lot more stable than traditional white water kayaks so are perfectly suitable for beginners to enjoy the sensations of a river descent with confidence!
We have a range of kayaking holidays for beginners, where you can learn the basics of navigating white water though to intermediate trips for experienced paddlers who want to explore the best rapids and play spots in their chosen destination with a local kayaking guide.
If you want to join a group of paddlers at your level we also have white water kayaking courses with fixed departure dates for different levels.
We can also include guided kayaking day tours and trips for all levels of kayakers as part of a summer activity holiday,. This is a great option for mixed groups who want to do a range of activities as well as kayaking.
If you are looking for a fun white water sensation without having to spend a lot of time learning kayaking skills, then rafting, inflatable canoeing, hydrospeed and airboats are all great alternatives to white water kayaking and accessible for all levels.