RIVERSCHOOL Schools & Youth groups | Canoe Adventures

RIVERSCHOOL Schools & Youth groups

We provide fun and rewarding outdoor education activities for children on the River Dart estuary.  As well as our BIG canoes, we have kayaks, Canadian canoes, rafts and a basecamp on the shore where we deliver unforgettable learning experiences.

River School Options for Schools and Youth Groups:

One-Day River School Canoe Adventure - From £30 per student

An expedition on the Dart estuary.  Paddle together in a giant canoe and take in the wildlife, history, stunning and landscape.  Including fire lighting and basic bushcraft and maybe a wild swim.

One-Day River School Canoe Adventure PLUS - From £40 per student.

As well as journeying by canoe choose from one of the following: Archery, Bushcraft and survival skills, Raft building, Seasonal art and craft, Campfire cooking, Pottery or Navigation.

Five-Day River School Enrichment Programme - From £175 per student

An inspiring blend of the activities listed above to create a potentially life changing week

Three-Day, Two-Night River School Residential - From £145 per student

A unique canoeing and multi-activity wild camp at our secluded riverside site (Shorter / Longer visits are also available)


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Information For School & Youth Group Organisers

We are licensed and insured to take Under 18s out in our canoes on the River Dart Estuary between the weir at Totnes and Dartmouth Castle.

Fully licensed

We are inspected annually by the Dart Harbour Authority, who issues our commercial operators' licence, and every two years by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, part of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), who issue our license to take out U18s according to a UK national standard.  Both those inspections involve an assessment of the qualification and experience of our staff, our operational procedures, and the quality of our vessels and equipment.

Staff: student ratios - part of our Risk Assessment and Safeguarding Policy

Please note that numbers of students and staff attending are an essential part of our Risk Assessment and Safeguarding policy.  Appropriate ratio of adults to youngsters agreed in advance of outing; standard practice being at least one adult known to youngsters per boat.  We need at least one adult that is known to the young people in each canoe.  Please therefore advise us if your numbers change.  

Fully insured

Our insurance is provided by Activities Industry Mutual Limited that specialise in outdoor and adventure activities.  Our public liability extends to £5,000,000 each and every occurence.  Our Employers liability extends to £10,000,000 each and every occurence.  Our professional Indemnity cover extends to £100,000. 

Weather contingency

We keep a constant eye on the weather forecast and will be in touch in advance of you trip to explore contingency options, should conditions look like being outside of our operating window. 

Privacy Policy

Please see this page for our Privacy Policy which includes how we manage photos of under 18s.

Please find attached

  • Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALA) Certificate
  • Standing Risk Assessment for trips using our big canoes
  • Specific Risk Assessment for small paddle craft activities (canoes, kayaks, SUPs)
  • Public Liability Insurance Certificate
  • SOE5 Form, to comply with Devon County and Torbay Councils' requirements
  • Ofsted Certificate of Registration
  • River School Brochure 2022