For the last 200 years the Rapids have been primarily used for
recreational purposes. From the late 1800's rowing boats carrying
6-12 people were used for sight seeing trips through the Yat Gorge
down to Monmouth. 

The present day major use of the Rapids is by canoeists who since
the 1950's have adopted the Yat Rapids as a major coaching and
leisure facility. Gloucester Canoe Club held BCU Slalom
Competitions on the Rapids from the early 1970's and raft races
also occasionally pass down through them.  
The use of the site is of local, regional and national importance as
they are the only accessible Rapids of their kind in the south of
England during the spring and summer. 
Canoe hire, lessons (beginner and advanced) and the ability to launch your own canoe is available within walking distance of the cottage. 
There are also caoeing safaris at certain times of the year which are very popular. 
Some Safari suggestions.. 
2 HOURS; Messing about by the river  
Hire a canoe and paddle between the riverside pubs and up to the Church at Whitchurch and stop for a picnic or pub lunch along the way. 
HALF DAY TRIP; KERNE BRIDGE; Approx 7 miles by river  
Ideal for your Novices or if you have only done a small amount of paddeling. It will take you approx 21/2 to 3 hours of easy paddling, so you can stop on the way for a picnic or at one of the riverside pubs for a spot of lunch. You pass through Lower Lydbrook and right under YAT ROCK. This in our opinion is one of the prettiest sections of the river Wye. If you want to join a canoe safari then starting times for these trip are 9:15am and 2pm from SymondsYat West bank, ask for details. 

FULL DAY TRIP; ROSS-ON-WYE; Approx 13 miles by river  
This is the trip for the more adventurous, and will take you around 6 to 7 hours. This includes time for lunch or picnic, there are 2 places to stop, the first is at KERNE BRIDGE approx 5 miles from the start and the 2nd is at LOWER LYDBROOK, approx 8 miles from the start.   
On this trip the river meanders to and from the main A40 road eventually leaving it, you will then see Goodrich Castle passing it with the castle high up on your right (well worth a later visit). 
TWO DAY TRIP; Hoarwithy; approx 22 1/2 miles  
With this trip you stay at Ross-on-Wye over night at a B&B or camping and on the second day canoe the remaining 13 miles back to us at Symonds Yat West. For these longer overnight trips we can loan you large plastic drums which will help to keep your equipment dry should it rain etc!! 
THREE DAY TRIP; Holme Lacy; approx 31 miles  
This trip you stop at Hoarwithy the first night, the camp site is in a field right on the river in the village of Hoarwithy very close to a public house which serves evening meals etc. Then as per 2 day trip. 
FOUR DAY TRIP; Hereford; approx 40 miles  
Starting from the beautiful city of Hereford you paddle a short distance to your first camp site situated in Holme Lacy called Lucksall camp site. This camp site has all the usual facilities and our clients have always been welcomed there. Then as per 3 day trip.