Playboating is a discipline of whitewater where the paddler performs various technical moves in one place, known as a playspot,. Specialised canoes or kayaks known as playboats are often used, but any boat can be used for playing. The moves and tricks are often similar to those performed by snowboarders, surfers or skaters, where the athlete completes spins, flips, turns, etc. With modern playboats it is possible to get the kayak and the paddler completely airborne while performing tricks.
The competitive side of playboating is known as freestyle kayaking (formerly called rodeo).
Club members use the pool sessions to practise moves and then transfer the skills to moving water. Local play spots are Lee Valley, Nene Whitewater Centre and Hurley. Playboating is a great fun and an excellent way of improving your boating skills.