Scotman's Flash

Adventure is just a splash away

This hidden gem a short distance from Wigan town centre is the perfect setting to dip your toe into the world of watersports. Available for hire sessions, school trips, corporate bookings and parties.

Dive into the thrills and spills of watersports

Discover our Watersports Activity Centre at the heart of a genuine national treasure, the beautiful and unique Flashes of Wigan and Leigh National Nature Reserve. Here we offer a range of watersports, coaching and courses for people of all abilities - delivered by fully qualified and friendly instructors who are on hand to help you, guide you, and ensure your safety.

Whether you're on your own or part of a group, a complete novice or already wet behind the ears, there's so much to enjoy… from stand up paddleboarding and kayaking to sailing and windsurfing. Hire a rafted canoe or up your skills with our Level 2 powerboat courses. Can't make up your mind? We can even tailor an itinerary of combined activities just for you!

Booking is essential at least 24 hours in advance.

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Hire sessions

Choose from stand up paddleboarding, kayaking or rafted canoeing - whether on your own or with friends and family. We’ll provide you with everything you need to make a real splash, including optional wet suit hire.

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Bring your own

Got your own paddle board, kayak or canoe?

Simply book a timeslot and away you go!

You can book sessions and check availability through Eventbrite.

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A group canoeing

Parties and group bookings

Celebrating a birthday with family and friends, or just looking for a fun group day out with a difference? Choose from our exciting activities (or combine them if you cantt pick just one!) to make the perfect day, tailored just for you.

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Corporate bookings

Looking for a team-building experience with a difference? We’ll build a bespoke package that suits your needs. Improve communication and increase morale by working together, testing yourselves and learning new skills on the water.

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Two children paddleboarding

School trips

We offer bespoke half and full day activity packages for primary and secondary schools, colleges and youth groups. Our expert team will help build an adventure-filled itinerary to suit your budget and needs!

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What you'll need...

  • Remember to bring swimwear, a towel, spare footwear (no flips flops though!) and a change of clothes.
  • If you own a wetsuit, you're free to bring that too - we only hire out wetsuits when the water temperature drops in autumn.
  • Please avoid wearing heavy clothes such as a hooded jumper. If they get wet they will make you cold and weigh you down in the water!
  • We provide buoyancy aids and lifejackets on your arrival as part of the hire price. We also provide security boxes for any valuables.


  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Kayaking - single and double
  • Rafted canoeing
  • Funboat sailing
  • RYA stage 2 sailing
  • Level 2 powerboat courses
  • Windsurfing

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