Whoosh Explore Canoe Club

Canoe and kayak adventures on the River Stort in Hertfordshire. 

Whoosh Explore Canoe Club are based on the River Stort in Hertfordshire. We offer paddling sessions with our fleet of canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.

We paddle on rivers across the south east of England with our bespoke paddling kit which is available to book via eola.co

Whoosh Explore run canoeing and kayaking adventures throughout the year.

We offer boat hire, instructed sessions and adventures. We run paddling events from several riverside locations in Hertfordshire.

We run club trips  and white water adventures to some of the UKs best paddling venues as part of our club activities.

We regularly run adult sessions, pub paddling and sessions for groups looking for an adventure together.

We also organise white water training and paddle trips for those looking for more thrilling adventures at Lee Valley White Water Centre and white water rivers.

Adult paddling adventures

We run paddling sessions for fitness, taster sessions and pub paddles for an opportunity to meet like minded paddlers.

Develop your skills in our canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Help out on our Eco paddles or join in with our trips and events on Great Britain’s Rivers and lakes.

Adult paddling includes mid week paddling and our Moon lit paddles as well as Canoe and kayak hire

A morning taster session is ideal to introduce your kids to paddling

Get out on one of our taster sessions. Our paddling taster sessions, events and activities are suitable for families with children. Our paddling sessions are ideal for developing skills in canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding.

 Our Canoes offer the perfect environment for parents to paddle with young kids and our kayaks allow older kids to explore independently in easy to control kayaks 



Paddling with the family is easy with Whoosh Explore

Family sessions provide fun and adventure outdoors on the river. From the delivery of boats to the river, arranging paddling equipment to looking out for the safety of your family on the water we delivery a paddling experience for the whole family to enjoy. 

Our canoes are great for adults and young paddlers and our kayaks are easy for paddlers over the age of nine to paddle independently , assisted by simple to use skegs so that young paddlers are in control from the start of their paddling experience


Group paddling sessions are ideal for a group of friends looking for a fun  adventure

We organise parties and paddling events for groups of friends and families and are to deliver bespoke paddling sessions for your personal requirements.

We can arrange a paddling party to your own requirements from a tour down river, to a weekend away – but early booking is required to get your paddle booked in.

Please contact us by email for your bespoke paddle. 

News from our blog

More about the club

What the club is about 

Whoosh Explore offer opportunities to explore the River Stort in Hertfordshire through a range of Adventure paddling days. We run specialist courses as well as taster and self guided paddling sessions.

Our self guided paddling sessions allow paddlers to improve paddling skills with the freedom to explore the local rivers with friends at your own pace. Our rivers and quiet backwaters offer a great opportunity to develop your paddling skills. 

Whoosh Explore was set up in 2008 to deliver training courses and adventure education to youth groups and clubs in Bishops Stortford. 

We have since expanded the club and now offer a wide range of weekly activities on the River.

Mid week paddles offer the opportunity for a social paddle with regular group trips to different rivers.

Whoosh Explore are also an award winning club with its ground breaking environmental projects to preserve and enhance the local river for all to enjoy.  

Buying your first boat

Looking to buy your first boat. There are so many options when it comes to purchasing a boat that it’s a good idea not to rush in, take some time to look at what’s available. This year paddle sports has been extremely popular and even with contacts in the paddling trade sourcing the ideal boat…

Hello world!

Whoosh Explore Canoe Club are a specialist provider of Adventure activities and events based in Bishops Stortford we have a wide range of canoeing and kayaking euipment for activities and events. We run specialist training in paddlesports and have regular weekday, evening and weekend paddling activities. During the summer months we offer taster sessions and…

Micro Adventures and paddle camping

Nothing is better than getting out with the kids for a weekend adventure with kids on a micro adventure. Have some down time together on the river with our east camping options at either Almost wild campsite on the river Lea in a rural campsite for an escape from technology or at Stylemans campsite in…
and was the first stretch of river that I introduced my family to when they first went paddling as toddlers .

Paddling at Latton Lock with Whoosh Explore

   Whoosh Explore have paddle the section of river between Latton Lock and Harlow lock regularly and the club was based at Redricks lakes for many years. Whoosh Explore are an active, river paddling environmental group. Our mid week paddlers consisting or retired and shift workers who paddle during the week.  We  also offer a…

Project Floating Pennywort

Back in July 2019 Britsh Canoeing issued a challenge, as club we nailed it with our monthly plastic waste and litter pick but we wanted to do more.   Led by Andy Gee we launched Project Floating Pennywort… The FPW was in large mats on the River Stort from Twyford lock 2 downstream to Burnt…

Paddling kit – what’s new in paddling kit this year

With the spring weather starting to  bring paddlers back to the rivers after a mild winter the question we are all asking is what kit will we be buying this year. The world shortage of just about everything has meant a long wait for new kit and the good news is that we are slowly…