Getting involved with our kayaking and canoeing experiences can open doors to a rewarding hobby which can be as exciting, challenging, or relaxing as you want it to be. As well as being a great outdoor activity, it is an ideal alternative for keeping fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Due to its inclusive nature; kayaking and canoeing are both great activities for families, groups, and individuals.  

With a clear path for progression, kayaking and canoeing offer great opportunities for you to focus, face new challenges, and achieve goals; with great rewarding experiences. Join our social paddling community and take a look at some of the courses we have on offer here at Portsmouth Watersports Centre



This is a great way to try out kayaking for the first time, you will be taken through the basics of how to paddle forwards and turning techniques. Get the chance to go on a short journey in the harbour and possibly see some seals.

The British Canoeing 1 Star is the first stepping-stone to becoming a competent paddler. On the course you will cover fundamental techniques such as lifting, carrying and launching kayaks, forward paddling over a distance of 100m, steering and controlling your kayak, returning to the bank and geting out. There is a rescue skills section for practicing capsizing the craft and being rescued or swimming to the shore, and the how to empty kayaks of water, also some theory on safety while on the water.

This is a great course to get an idea of what kaying is all about, a chance to try lots of different kayaks such a sit on tops or sit in kayaks. Take a journey in the harbour and see the wildlife like the seals. 

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Times and Prices



£80 per person

Kayak Tasters

wednesday evenings


£10 per person

Contact us today on: 023 9266 3873

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Business Hours

Opening Days:

  • Monday - Friday   08:30 - 19:30
  • Saturday - Sunday (March - October)   08:30 - 17:00
  • Saturday (Nov - March)   9:00 - 13:00
  • Sunday (Nov - March)   CLOSED

About Us

Welcome to Portsmouth Watersports Centre. For over 45 years the centre has provided high quality experiences and instruction in a range of activities. Situated on the east side of Portsmouth in the picturesque Langstone Harbour with views over the South Downs.


Eastern Road Portsmouth Hampshire PO3 5LY