The Introductory Level 1 Kayak or Canoe Course is the minimum requirement for entry to the Club (or old 1 Star). This teaches the foundation strokes used in kayaking or canoeing and is a basic introduction to the sport. The first session starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:00pm. The second session is a river trip which is normally run on the Grand Union Canal at Harefield and we meet at the club house at 10:00am and return around 5:30pm.
We ask that you attend both sessions of the course to avoid affecting the group’s and your own progress. If you don’t manage to reach the standard required during the two days we will 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 2022:
Course A – Sundays 27th March & 3rd April 2022
Course B – Sundays 1st & 8th May 2022
Course C – Weekend 25th & 26th June 2022
Course D – Sundays 17th & 24th July 2022
Course E – Weekend 27th & 28th August 2022
Course F – Sundays 25th September & 4th October 2022
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 £20. Membership provides access to regular recreational sessions on Sunday afternoons and discount prices for a range of courses and trips. Junior members need to be Club members to access offsite whitewater trips and training.
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 £30. Membership provides access to regular recreational sessions on Sunday afternoons and discount prices for a range of courses and trips.
All above courses include the following: use of club equipment, 2 x 6 hours coaching, award assessment and access to BC Paddle Discover Award certificate (at cost price)
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