Carsington Water Sports and Leisure

Carsington Water Sports and Leisure have been providing training courses for professionals and amateur enthusiasts for many years in water based activities in the Peak District.


The activities Carsington Water Sports and Leisure offer include:

Kayak & Canoeing
Mountain Biking
Youth Activities
Corporate Events
Kids Activity Days
Peddle and Paddle Days
Youth Courses

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They offer training in a wide variety of disciplines, using a diverse fleet of modern equipment. The centre is a Royal Yachting Association (R.Y.A.) recognised training centre, and also a British Canoe Union (B.C.U.) approved centre. This means that all equipment reaches a high standard, and that all training at the centre is conducted by qualified instructors.

They regularly run R.Y.A. Sailing, Windsurfing and Powerboat courses, in addition to these they also provide British Canoe Union B.C.U. Kayaking courses. The courses run throughout the year to take advantage of the variety of conditions that Carsington Water provides. The Water Sports and Cycle Hire Centre at Carsington Water is run by Carsington Sports and Leisure Ltd. The company was formed in 1992 by local water sports and cycling enthusiasts. They opened the centre in July 1992, when Severn Trent first filled the reservoir. They offer services ranging from hire and basic tuition for absolute beginners through to training courses for experts and instructors.

Opening Times

Winter – 9.30am to 4pm (off Water)
Summer – 9.30am to 6.00pm (off water)

people learn new activities and skills. All of their instructors are professionals, qualified by the governing bodies for their sports (e.g. RYA, BCU).

Kids Activity Days

Carsington Water Childrens Activities

Come and try a variety of watersports & landbased activities. All activities are designed for total beginners from 8 – 15yrs of age.

The Multi Activity Days cost £60 per child per day. They will run on a Monday and/or Tuesday throughout the school summer holidays. The children can be dropped off at the centre from 10am and the first session will begin at 10.30, you will need to collect them by 4pm.

Each day will comprise of three activity disciplines, activities may include Dinghy sailing – windsurfing – catamaran sailing – kayaking – canoeing – raft building – bellboating – orienteering – surf skis – mountain biking

Pedal & Paddle Days

As the title suggests this activity day will comprise of a cycle ride around our picturesque reservior, with a stop for lunch before returning to the centre for an afternoon on the water.

Water activities may include kayaking, canoeing, sit ontops, bell boating or raft building.
The activitities wil depend on weather conditions and group size.

Dates are on the website.

To book your place or to find out further information please contact the waterpsorts centre.

Bookings are taken by telephone or email. Payment will be asked for upon booking. You will be entitled to a 10% discount for 2 or more places booked.

Youth Courses

Carsington Water

Look at the website for dates available for this year

Due to the increase of popularity of the Youth BCU and RYA courses we have put together a comprehensive course programme for juniors over Thurdays and Fridays of the school holidays.

For any enquiries or bookings please contact us at or give us a call on 01629 540478.

Carsington Sports & Leisure

Carsington Water