Getting Started

 

If you are already a racing or competent paddler and interested in joining the club please get in touch here.  We will arrange for one of our coaches to assess your level, and either find the right training group for you or suggest that you do one of our beginners’ courses.  As all our training is done in racing boats with rudders  you will need to be assessed in one of these – we can provide one if you do not have your own.

If you are a new to kayaking, we run regular courses through the summer to get you started.  No previous experience is necessary but you should be able to swim 50 metres and the recommended minimum age is 8. The beginners’ courses cover the basics of paddling – moving your boat forwards, backwards and sideways. By the end of the four 90 minute sessions you should have progressed from a plastic boat to a ruddered boat and be able to execute basic support strokes, manoeuvre your boat around obstacles and control your boat safely.

The skills content of the beginners’ courses – both adult’s and children’s – are similar, with both following the skills progression of British Canoeing’s Paddlepower scheme. If parents want to learn alongside their children, that can be arranged.

For details of when our courses run and availability on them please go to the following links:

No special clothing is required.  We recommend you wear running or sportswear (not jeans, fleeces or woolly jumpers) with a pair of light trainers or water shoes. Paddlers should bring a cagoule (in case of wet weather), a towel and a complete change of clothing for afterwards.

The club can provide buoyancy aids, paddles and boats for the course and for new members.   As your paddling progresses, the club coaches will advise on buying your own equipment as and when you need it.

After the beginners’ course, if you have enjoyed yourself, we recommend that you come along to a couple of club sessions before you commit to joining.

If the course dates really don’t work for you then please get in touch here.   It is sometimes possible to organise coaching on a one-to-one basis or in a small group – please note there will be a charge for this.

For more information on our Membership please click here