Welcome to the 2018 season

Our website will shortly be updated so that you can book and pay for your paddling online. Until then, reach us by phone, or by email at enquiries@chesterkayakhire.co.uk, where there will always be a prompt and friendly reply. See you on the river soon!

Tel: 01244 422007

Sit On Top Kayak

Kayak paddles have a blade at each end. We use Sit-On-Top (SOT) kayaks, which means that you are not enclosed in a cockpit. This is a safe kayak for beginners as you cannot get stuck inside if you capsize – you simply fall off!

We have single SOT kayaks and double SOT kayaks available.  But what’s the difference?

Doubles will travel faster (with some teamwork!).  We would recommend them for paddlers wishing to try the longer trip from Farndon for the first time.  However they are also great for family trips – you can put a child up front and an adult on the back.

You will find in a kayak that you are closer to the water and your paddle will drip on you.  This means you will almost certainly get a wet bum, legs and feet!  Both SOT types also have some storage room for your dry bag.

Most people find the paddling technique easy to pick up.  Kayaks are more manoeuverable than a canadian canoe and can be faster.  However, paddling a kayak for a long period of time can be more physically demanding.

Sit on top kayaks can be used on flat water, moving water, or the sea!  Now, there’s an idea!