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Get out on the water with canoeing, kayaking and other watersports across Kent

Want to make a splash this summer? If you're looking to feel refreshed with something different this summer, here are some of the sites you can try around the county giving us all a helping hand into the water:

Try kayaking or canoeing to cool down
Try kayaking or canoeing to cool down

Canoe Wild, Fordwich, Canterbury

There's a real river adventure waiting at the site which offers canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding. The site recently reopened with support and guidance from British Canoeing and Visit Kent with some strict hygiene measures, and some bookings are currently not being taken. You can book for one hour hire and private one to one lessons. Routes include to Grove Ferry and Plucks Gutter. To book go to canoewild.co.uk

Seapoint Canoe Centre, Hythe is taking bookings for one-to-one lessons or for rental to those living in the same household who are looking for an outdoor activity with a difference. There has been a phased opening and the site is offering canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for hire to members of the same household or for those paddling solo with social distancing being observed.Craft and all equipment will be sanitised at the end of each session and visitors are also asked to wash their hands before and after their time on the water. Changing rooms remain closed but toilet facilities will be open. The full details and booking details can be found at seapointcanoecentre.co.uk

Do you fancy getting the family out on the water?
Do you fancy getting the family out on the water?

River Medway Canoes, Wateringbury

Amongst the options is both canoe and kayak hire for a journey down the River Medway with a canoe suitable for two or three people starting from £50 or from £30 for kayak hire. Start times will be varied to allow for social distancing as customers are briefed and kitted-up. There is also a pre-book hire service to allow for staggered bookings. For details and to book go to rivermedwaycanoes.com

Oyster Coast Watersports at The Haven, Long Beach, Whitstable Harbour offers a range of courses and activities including jet ski-ing and paddle boarding, the latter of which is fully booked except for some sessions in early July. Restrictions on groups and households are in place. Visit oystercoastwatersports.co.uk

Action Watersports at Lydd offers activities ranging from stand-up paddleboarding and jet ski hire to water ski-ing and flyboarding. All of its facilities, including the aqua park have now reopened.Details at actionwatersports.co.uk/

Have you tried jet skiing?
Have you tried jet skiing?

Jet Ski World at Palm Bay, Cliftonville, is now reopened at weekends, with careful social distancing rules and pre-booking essential. Find out more by visiting the Facebook page.

Jetstream Tours, Medway

The season has been delayed, but the company is now taking bookings for its tours, which are currently scheduled to start again on Saturday, July 4. Tours go to sites including the striking Redsand Towers, Sheppey and Tilbury. To book go to jetstreamtours.com

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* Indoor swimming pools are remaining closed under government restrictions along with venues such as soft play areas and nightclubs.

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