People with sight impairments are invited to try the experience of kayaking or canoeing in Cornwall, with the aid of sonic kayak technology.

This technology is both a musical and scientific instrument and has been developed by the Falmouth-based organisation, FoAM Kernow.

Claire Eatock, Access Lizard Adventure, said: “The sound map works with the Sonic Kayak so that sounds are automatically triggered to play through speakers on the kayak when the paddler travels into particular areas. In this way the map represents a creative way to explore a lake through sound.”

The team recently held a sound mapping workshop for people with visual impairments and Berlin-based sound artist Kaffe Matthews to create a sound map.

Zoe, a participant in the sound mapping workshop said: “I really miss canoeing and will now keep doing it. It felt incredibly groundbreaking what you were trying to achieve with endless possibilities canoeing or kayaking. Paddling a kayak around a lake independently, gives a huge feeling of independence, fun and freedom.”

They are supported by Smartline, an EU-funded research and innovation project exploring the relationship between technology and the way people live in their homes and communities, led by the University of Exeter.

Access Lizard Adventure, an organisation offering inclusive kayaking, is hosting an open day for people to try out a new adventure in a supportive environment. The latest sonic kayak technology, developed with visually impaired collaborators, will also be demonstrated. This free event will be on Sunday, October 6 at Clowance Estate, near Camborne.

Each kayaking session will last up to half an hour. There will be six places in each session with two kayaking instructors and an assistant on the land. Booking is essential. Please arrive 10 minutes before your session starts to get changed. Please contact Annette for more information on 07845 204040 or or use the website to request a time slot.