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Danson Park Adventures

The Boathouse, Danson Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 8HL

Email: watersports@bexley.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8303 2828

How to find us

Danson Park Adventures offers a wide variety of water and land-based activities and courses perfect for anyone over the age of eight with any skill level.

We also have public boats available for hire. 

Our centre has qualified instructors for all activities on offer. All our instructors are enhanced DBS checked. All adventurous equipment is provided, and changing facilities are available. We recommend that you bring a change of clothes and a towel for our activities and courses.

Discover what we do below.

If you need any help or information to pick the perfect course or activity for yourself or your group, please get in touch via the details above and our experienced team will help you to begin your adventures.

 

Wednesday Youth Night (5pm to 7pm)

Wednesday Youth Night is the perfect way to experience a water sport whether you’re a beginner or experienced. The sessions are led by our team of experienced instructors and include fun games afloat as well as tailored sessions for those wanting to get their sailing logbooks signed off and develop their paddlesport skills.

Dates of Youth Night sessions
Month Date
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12,19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sessions run on Wednesdays from 5pm to 7pm between April and September (weather dependent).

Prebooking and payment required.

Cost: £12 per session.

Saturday Youth Club (1pm to 3pm)

Saturday Youth Club is the perfect way to experience a water sport whether you’re a beginner or experienced. The sessions are led by our team of experienced instructors and include fun games afloat as well as tailored sessions for those wanting to get their sailing logbooks signed off and develop their paddlesport skills.

Dates of Saturday Youth Club sessions
Month Date
April 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 29
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Sessions run on Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm between April and October (weather dependent).

Prebooking and payment required.

Cost: £12 per session.

School holiday programmes

The school holiday programmes run 9.30am to 3.30pm throughout the year (excluding February half term and Christmas holiday).

Our school holiday programme offers a multi-sport experience filled with thrilling sailing, kayaking, canoeing, Stand Up Paddleboarding and bell boating for eight to 16-year-olds of all abilities.

No experience is necessary, our instructors will teach the basics to get everyone on the water and taking part as soon as possible.

Our school holiday programmes are run on the following dates:

School holiday programme dates
School Period From To
Easter Holiday week 1* 6 April 9 April
Easter Holiday week 2* 14 April 17 April
May Half Term* 26 May 29 May
School Holiday Week 1 13 July 17 July
School Holiday Week 2 20 July 24 July
School Holiday Week 3 27 July 31 July
School Holiday Week 4 3 August 7 August
School Holiday Week 5 10 August 14 August
School Holiday Week 6 17 August 21 August
School Holiday Week 7 24 August 28 August
October Half Term 26 October 30 October

Cost: £35 per day, £100 for the summer weeks.

the cost is £135 for the week

Youth courses

Sailing

Courses are available for those aged eight to 16, individuals can take part in RYA Stage One, Two, Three and Four courses.

Each Stage is based on a two-day course running from 9am to 5pm.

  • Stage One - gives a basic understanding of how to handle the boat, steering and wind awareness
  • Stage Two - focusing on basic sailing skills, ropework and turning whilst controlling the boat speed
  • Stage Three - covers everything from man overboard recovery to sailing around a triangular course
  • Stage Four - looks at sailing both single and double-handed dinghies focusing on more in-depth techniques and manoeuvres
Dates of RYA youth stages courses
Dates Course type
April 14 and 15 Stage 1
April 16 and 17 Stage 2
May 26 and 27 Stage 1
May 28 and 29 Stage 3
July 13 and 14 Stage 1
July 15 and 16 Stage 2
July 27 and 28 Stage 1
July 29 and 30 Stage 4
August 3 and 4 Stage 1
August 5 and 6 Stage 2
August 10 and 11 Stage 1
August 12 and 13 Stage 2
August 17 and 18 Stage 1
August 19 and 20 Stage 3
August 24 and 25 Stage 1
August 26 and 27 Stage 4

Cost: £123.50

Paddle sports (8 to 16)

Personal performance awards 

The British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose, whether this is by Kayak, Canoe or Stand Up Paddleboard. The Paddle Start award looks to encourage new paddlers and build confidence. The Paddle Discover Awards enables the paddler to develop decision making and fundamental skills.

Courses are available on the following Saturdays:

  • 21 March
  • 25 April
  • 30 May
  • 20 June
  • 11 July
  • 12 September

Cost: £95 for one day course, £67 for concessions

Powerboating

We offer RYA Powerboat Level One (Ages eight to 14).

Running from 9am to 5pm this course covers:

  • launch and recovery
  • preparation of the boat and crew
  • boat handling
  • picking up and securing to a mooring buoy
  • leaving and coming alongside
  • being towed

Candidates aged 14 or above may consider a Powerboat Level 2 please see the adult section.

  • Saturday 18 April
  • Saturday 30 May
  • Wednesday 5 August

Cost: £150 for one day course.

Adult evening (6.30pm to 8.30pm)

Adult Evening is the perfect way to experience a water sport whether you’re a beginner, experienced or returning to an old hobby. The sessions are led by our team of experienced instructors and include games and tailored sessions for whatever your needs whether you're looking to learn some new skills or practising for one of our courses.

Dates of Adult evening sessions
Month Date
April 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Cost: £16 per session.

One to one

We offer one to one tuition in the following activities at the Centre – sailing, kayaking, canoeing and powerboating.

If you cannot make any of our course dates or prefer a course tailored to your needs, then this could be the best option for you.

Our one to one tailored sessions can be completed with an instructor on a date and time to fit with you any day of the week.

For one to one tuition bookings please contact the Centre on the details at the top of the page.

Adult courses

We have a variety of courses available for those looking to progress their individual skills and start gaining qualifications in your chosen activities.

Sailing

RYA Level One course - 9am to 5pm

The RYA Level One course is the introductory beginner's course into dinghy sailing. It is aimed at those who have done little or no dinghy sailing before.

It is the first part of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) training scheme and is aimed at providing basic boat handling techniques and essential background knowledge.

By the end of the course, you will be able to sail safely under supervision.

Participants must be aged 16 and over.

A change of clothes is required for each session.

Included in the course:

  • RYA Level One Certificate
  • RYA Start Sailing Book
  • RYA Sailing Logbook
  • all equipment provided

Courses are on the following Saturdays and Sundays:

  • 21 and 22 March
  • 25 and 26 April
  • 30 and 31 May
  • 20 and 21 June
  • 11 and 12 July
  • 12 and 13 September

Cost: £195.50 for a 2-day course, £137 for concessions.

RYA Level Two course - 9am to 5pm

The RYA Level Two Course is the second part of the RYA training scheme for those who have completed their level one or have equivalent experience.

Its aim is to consolidate your basic knowledge of sailing and develop awareness of safety.

It will be assumed that every student starting this course has already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required to start sailing.

By the end of the course, you will be capable of sailing a dinghy alone, without an instructor on board.

Participants must be aged 16 and over.

A change of clothes is required for each session.

Included in the course:

  • all required equipment
  • RYA Start Sailing book (if this is your first course with us) and national scheme

Courses are on the following Saturdays and Sundays:

  • 11 and 12 April
  • 16 and 17 May
  • 13 and 14 June
  • 27 and 28 June
  • 25 and 26 July
  • 26 and 27 September

Costs: £195.50 for a 2-day course, £137 for concessions.

Paddlesports - 9am to 5pm 

Personal performance awards

The British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose, whether this is by Kayak, Canoe or Stand Up Paddleboard.

The Paddle Start award looks to encourage new paddlers and build confidence.

The Paddle Discover Awards enables the paddler to develop decision making and fundamental skills.

Courses are on the following Saturdays:

  • 21 March
  • 25 April
  • 30 May
  • 20 June
  • 11 July
  • 12 September

Cost: £95 for 1-day course, £67 for concessions.

Powerboating (14+)

We offer RYA Powerboat Level Two Courses (2 day) - 9am to 5pm

Candidate aged under 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate.

Course content:

  • The Powerboat Level One syllabus
  • Low-speed close quarters handling
  • Man overboard recovery
  • an introduction to driving at planing speed
  • IRPCS

Outcome

Self-sufficient powerboat driver in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft.

Courses are on the following Saturdays and Sundays:

  • 4 and 5 July
  • 1 and 2 August
  • 29 and 30 August
  • 3 and 4 October

Costs: £240 per person for a 2-day course.

Danson Park Adventures is open for bookings for schools with the option of taking part in a wide variety of activities such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing and bell boating.

Our outdoor and adventurous activities are planned for progressive learning for all ability levels and experience.

Types of session:

  • two-hour introduction taster sessions
  • multi-activity enrichment days/week
  • accredited courses (RYA/British Canoeing certified tuition)

How these activities contribute to key aspects of the Physical Education National Curriculum:

  • students are challenged intellectually and physically to tackle complex and demanding activities
  • promotes competence, confidence, communication, teamwork, leadership, building trust, decision making and developing skills to solve problems
  • provides opportunities to continue to take part in water sports outside school
  • Edexcel GCSE PE kayaking training and assessment (2 days)
Costs of school sessions
Group size Up to 2 hour session Full day 10am to 3pm
8 £120 £240
16 £240 £480
24 £360 £720
32 £480 £960
40 £600 £1,200
48 £720 £1,440
56 £840 £1,680
64 £960 £1,920
72 £1,080 £2,160
80 £1,200 £2,400
88 £1,320 £2,640
96 £1,440 £2,880

Current pricing is valid for activities that take place from April 2020.

Centre staff are NGB and first aid qualified, DBS enhanced checked and experienced in working with all ages and abilities including disability groups.

  • all equipment is provided
  • risk assessment available on request
  • accessible facilities
  • being able to swim is not compulsory
  • children must be 8 years and over

Want to try something different for your child’s birthday? Danson Park Adventures offers birthday parties for a two-hour fun-filled session with a room available for an hour afterwards for you to hold your own gatherings. 

During your two-hour party on the water or in our bouldering room, our instructors will teach you and your friends the basics of an activity of your choice from kayaking, sailing, canoeing, stand up paddles boarding, bell boating or bouldering. The session will involve plenty of fun and games, whether it's raft running, or racing your sailboats around the island. All party-goers must be eight years old or over on the day of the party.

Cost: £200 for 10 children. Extra children £20 each.

Rowboat hire

Fancy just taking a nice adventure on the lake with the family? We have over 20 row boats for hire at the lake. Our boats are available from 12pm to 4pm (times may be extended on days with nice weather) weekends and school holidays from March to October as well as open every day throughout July and August.

  • each rowboat has a maximum of five seats
  • no pre-booking required
  • available for groups 
  • buoyancy aids available at request
  • anyone under the age of eight must wear a life jacket
  • dogs are welcome

Cost: £11 half-hour / £16 hour.

Pedalo hire

Hire these as an alternative to our rowing boats, perfect for our younger visitors they are confined to our small pool area, are very easy to use and have a nice bank you can watch the fun from. Our Pedalos are available from 12pm to 4pm (times may be extended on days with nice weather) weekends and school holidays from March to October as well as open every day throughout July and August.

  • each pedalo has a maximum of four seats
  • no pre-booking required
  • available for groups 
  • buoyancy aids available at request
  • anyone under the age of eight must wear a life jacket

Cost: £5 half-hour

Fishing

Danson Lake is home to a great range of coarse fish, including large carp, Tench, Rud, Perch and Roach. We offer day permits from the Centre for fishing for people who have a rod licence.

As well as bank fishing, there are several platforms available that are also suitable for disabled users and give full access to the water's edge.

Fishing rules:

  • fishing is only to take place on the south side of the lake
  • all fishermen must have a day ticket from the water sports centre to fish at the lake
  • all fish caught must be returned to the lake – No keep nets permitted
  • all fishermen must have a rod licence with a maximum of two rods per platform
  • fishermen are not to cast out further than the orange marks set

Please contact the Centre for further enquires; our team is here to help.

Cost: £10 adults, £5 concessions per day.