Why is Kayaking so Popular in outdoor education centres

Hey Doing A bit of an assignment looking at why kayaking is such a popular pursuit at outdoor education centres reasons it became some popular ie is it because insrtrctors want to teach it?
Is a good thing to be teaching due to risks involved, costs of gear, and the time it takes for students to learn and become competent enough to run rivers?
Any other thoughts on the topic??
This would be greatly appriciated cheers
Tim

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some thoughts
Kayaking is character building
Is a team sport/pursuit to some extent at least
Can be risky but with knowledge and skill, risks can be reduced.
It gets you to places noone else can go.
Is not too expensive - once have your boat it only needs paddle power!
Is a natural thing for outdoor centres as they often reside near waterways and want just more than walking, climbing etc.