Canoeing Nottinghamshire Derbyshire

A Family Run Business 

Rapid Horizons is a family owned outdoor adventure activity provider offering 5 star activities in the Peak District, & North Wales. From couples, family and friends to stag & hen parties, our range of exciting adventure activities are designed to entertain and inspire!

As well as providing activities to the public Rapid Horizons also offers a wide range of paddlesport courses aimed at outdoor professionals looking to work within the industry.

Jon Best

Rapid Horizons was founded by experienced and accomplished kayaker and coach Jon Best.

Jon's career began on the water at the age of sixteen when he was selected to represent Great Britain as a member of the GB Freestyle Kayaking Team. He then quickly became one of the Uk's top Freestyle Kayakers and continued to compete globally until his retirement in 2009, having achieved British and European Cup titles.

After retiring from competition Jon continued to travel and began working as a kayaking coach, river leader and raft guide.

His work and play gave Jon the opportunity to paddle in some of the most beautiful and diverse locations in the world whilst gaining a vast amount of qualifications and experience within the outdoor industry.

After returning to the UK Jon saw an opportunity to provide water based activities with the aim to make sports like kayaking, canoeing and rafting as accessible to the public as possible. His passion was to pass on some of his knowledge and experience to people who may not otherwise have thought about jumping into a kayak to enjoy a gentle paddle or take to a raft and crash down a white water river.


Jon is the Director of Rapid Horizons and is a British Canoeing kayak & canoe coach and leader, he also delivers white water safety and rescue training and is a stadium and river raft guide provider, Jon also works as the Technical Advisor for the Nottingham based National Water Sports Centre.

Emily Best

Emily is the other half of Rapid Horizons and manages operations and the delivery of activities.

With a degree in Outdoor Education and a passion for adventure, Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

Emily comes from an Equine background and is a qualified British Horse Society stage 3 coach and stage 4 in care and management. Her love of horses, coaching and the outdoors led her towards a career within the outdoor industry where she gained a passion for canoeing, kayaking, climbing and mountaineering.

Emily is a kayaking coach but her passion for teaching horse riding remains number one. You're more likely to see Emily teaching in a menage than on a river, that said Emily has paddled many rivers in many countries including, Spain, France, Canada and Costa Rica.


Rapid Horizons is currently ranked No.1 on Trip Advisor for adventure activities in and around the Matlock, Derbyshire area, it's also achieved the Trip Advisor certificate of excellence award 5 years running!

In 2019 Rapid Horizons won 'The Adventure Awards' Best Rafting Experience in the UK award.


Rapid Horizons is Licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service.

AALS is the licensing service for outdoor activity centres for young people in Great Britain.
Part of the Health and Safety Executive AALS inspects the safety standards of outdoor activity centres and issues licenses accordingly. 

Rapid Horizons is a British Canoeing Quality Marked Centre.

British Canoeing are the National Governing Body for paddlesport in the UK. 

Quality Mark is British Canoeing’s Kite Mark for canoe clubs & paddlesport centres.
The achievement of this standard also meets the criteria specified in Club Mark, Sport England’s cross sport accreditation scheme. This demonstrates best practice in the running and management of sports clubs and is recognised throughout England.