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Keep the kids active!

Get your kids into water sports this school holiday with our range of courses, which are suitable for kids over 6 years old. Courses are typically 5 days long and offer a range of activities, from learning to surf to canoeing and kayaking, and in some cases a taster of everything. Our school holiday courses are always a hit with kids and parents alike!

With no previous experience requirement, your child can either start at the very beginning, or look to develop their paddle skills further. Skills are taught through a variety of fun games and exercises which aim to develop technique throughout the course, and the necessary time will be spent covering all theory and safety considerations.

Youth Paddle School

The Youth Paddle School course is a fantastic opportunity for your children to combine canoeing and kayaking on flat water, and then progress to white water.

Our excellent facilities include a flat water pool and an Olympic standard white water course, so your kids will be up for a challenge regardless of whether they are getting on the water for the first time, or returning to perfect their technique.

Once they are captivated with the water sports, they can sign up for courses suiting all abilities at our Paddle School, where our expert instructors will work with them to improve their skills and boost their confidence on the water.

Youth 5 Day Surf School

Running throughout the school holidays, our 5 day Youth Surf School is the perfect opportunity for your children and teens to improve their surfing skills, using our state of the art equipment. Youths have a chance to alternate between staying indoors on our simulated surf machine and braving the real waves at Porthcawl beach.

On Monday to Thursday there's Indoor Surfing at CIWW for all the young ones before the group takes part in a surfing lesson out in the sea at Porthcawl on Friday. You needn’t worry about equipment – the kit is included with the courses, so all your children need is swimwear and a towel to dry off.

Youth Multi Activity Week

Make sure your kids stay entertained throughout the holidays – sign them up for our multi activity week. There won’t be a dull moment with this school holiday course which includes a healthy range of half day activities.

Provided that the weather allows it, your children will have the fantastic opportunity to enjoy White Water Rafting, Bell Boating, Sit on Top Kayaking, Canoeing, and Raft Building, as well as Team Challenges, White Water Hotdogging, Indoor Body Boarding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Air Trail.

By signing your young ones for our multi activity week you ensure there will be plenty of water sports to their linking, whether they prefer more action-packed experiences, relaxed paddling or even getting out of the water and onto the air trail where they can let their inner monkey out.

Family Paddle Taster Session

Why not treat your whole family to a CIWW course this school holiday? With our Family Paddle Taster Session, the fun is not just limited to the children!

Held Monday - Friday throughout the school holidays, our 2 hour Taster Sessions are a great way for parents and kids to learn together and bond. Our flat water pool is a fun and safe environment for the whole family to understand the basics of Canoeing, Kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Taster

If you are still unsure of how to fill your Sunday mornings or afternoons, we also offer 2 hour Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) taster sessions suitable for anyone over 12, so you can choose between bringing your young ones alone or dropping them off at one of our other courses and hitting the water by yourself for some quality alone time on the paddle board.

SUP is a combination of surfing and canoeing / kayaking which offers a great way to enjoy the flatwater and get a full body workout at the same time. So, don’t get left behind – come enjoy the outdoors while your try your hand at the world’s fastest growing water sport!


So, sign up your would-be paddlers today and let them have a school holiday to remember! You can even enjoy the fun with them with our Monday-Friday 2 hour Family Paddle Taster and Family Rafting sessions (call us on 029 2082 9970 to check times and dates throughout school holidays)

School Holidays Activities List
Stand Up Paddleboard Taster

Learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard with our SUP Taster Session, during the 2 hour session our instructors will teach you all the stand up paddle boarding tips you need to get started, including how to prepare for paddle boarding, how to get on a paddleboard, balance exercises for stand up paddle boarding, and of course how to get back on a paddleboard after falling. This is suitable for 12yrs+ and is £35 per person. 

Family Kayak/Canoe Taster Sessions

Want to try out a new activity? Our 90 minute Taster Sessions are great for parents and kids to learn together, as our flat water pool is a fun and safe environment to understand the basics of Canoeing and Kayaking. 

Youth Multi Activity Week

A healthy week of half day activities to include:

White Water Rafting, Bell Boating, Sit on Top Kayaking, Canoeing, Raft Building, Team Challenges, White Water Hotdogging, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Air Trail (all activities subject to weather conditions).

Youth Activity Combo - 2 Days

Our Youth Activity Combo - 2 Days, is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to flat water sports, ride the waves and climb the way to the top! Packing a bundle of courses for your kids to try, the Youth Activity Combo 

Youth Paddle School

This course is aimed at young people with little or no experience in kayaks. The focus will be to build the fundamental skills needed to paddle white water. Throughout the  week we will help young paddlers develop the skills and confidence to push themselves to be able to control their boats with style down white water. We aim to provide paddlers with a solid foundation of core skills set for their padding career.