Hydrospeeding at Lee Valley

I recently tried Hydrospeeding at Lee Valley Whitewater Centre, an artificial course in North London. For those who have not heard of Hydrospeeding, it is floating and swimming in whitewater using a special foam board to enable you to steer yourself, or that is the theory.
My live-in volunteer came with me to assist me with changing and in the water. Before the activity itself, we were provided with a one piece wetsuit, booties, buoyancy aid, helmet and fins. As usual, I brought my own two-piece wetsuit and booties, as well as a swimming nappy to wear underneath. I had brought a crotch-strap which could be fitted with the centre’s buoyancy aids although I forgot to use it which was annoying as my jacket kept riding up!

Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience but not accessible to people with limited movement.
Hydrospeeding at Lee Valley

The activity itself it was harder than I had imagined as I could not properly hold on, and keep my body in a straight line due to the buoyancy of my wetsuit. So after a few attempts, it was time to acknowledge this was not me, and so the instructors offered me the opportunity to try ‘hotdogging’, which is like one-man rafting. This activity was far more successful and enjoyable.

Hydrospeeding at Lee Valley
Editorial Rating:
4 out of 5

Through the session, the instructors were very professional, friendly and sensitive towards my specific needs. While the centre had plenty of accessible, it did not have any specific accessible to changing rooms. However, the course was fully accessible to spectators. The centre could consider the purchase of 2 piece suits as an option to those who find them easier as well as some jackets with crotch straps.
Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience but not accessible to people with limited movement.
Activity 4/5
Equipment 4/5
Accessibility 3.5/5
Value for Money 5/5
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