The Introductory Level 1 Kayak or Canoe Course (or old 1 Star) is the minimum requirement for entry to the Club. This teaches the foundation strokes used in kayaking or canoeing and is a basic introduction to the sport. The course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 5:00pm.
We ask that you arrive in good time to get changed and meet your coaches and fellow participants before the course starts. If you don’t manage to reach the standard required during the course we may be able to offer further coaching to ensure you reach the required level.
The course meets or exceeds the requirements of the British Canoeing Paddle Discover Award. For more details on the Paddle Discover Award click HERE and then click on the appropriate award to download.
Some comments from new members on our introductory courses:
“Lovely friendly club. Instructors very patient”
“A brilliantly led course. I felt safe and fully briefed at all times. It was challenging for me but am so pleased I did it as it gave me a sense of achievement”
“A very friendly welcoming club for a beginner”
“I have been very impressed by the skilled and friendly coaches who give such enthusiastic and dedicated service to the club. They create a really nice and welcoming atmosphere. I hope in time I will be able to find a way to give something back to the club. I also really like the mix of ages of the people kayaking together and am appreciative that an older beginner like myself is welcomed”
“Great course. Thanks to the team for giving up their time so generously”
“Really enjoyable. Fun and very friendly, welcoming club”
Course Dates for 2024:
Course A – Sunday 21st April
Course B – Saturday 1st June
Course C – Sunday 14th July
Course D – Sunday 18th August
Course E – Sunday 8th September
Course F – Sunday 20th October
Junior Cost: £100 – Introductory Level 1 Kayak or Open Canoe course for 9-17 year olds and full time students. You can join the Club on completion of the course for £25. Membership provides access to discounted supervised sessions on Sunday afternoons and access to a range of low-cost courses and trips. Juniors need to be Club members to access offsite trips and training. Satisfactory Level 1 completion allows you to attend Supervised sessions as a non-member.
Senior Cost: £120 – Introductory Level 1 Kayak or Open Canoe course for seniors (18+). You can join the Club on completion of the course for £35. Membership provides access to discounted supervised sessions on Sunday afternoons and access to a range of low-cost courses and trips. All participants on offsite trips need to be Club members. Satisfactory Level 1 completion allows you to attend Supervised sessions as a non-member.
All above courses include the following: use of club equipment, 7 hours coaching, award assessment and access to BC Paddle Discover Award certificate (at cost price)
We recommend that you book an off-site river trip to complement your training at a date to suit you after your course. Choose from flat water trips advertised on “Big Day Out” or “Adult Paddles” to suit your ability.
Bookings shut 1 week before the event
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