New: Introduction to Racing Kayaking (Sprint and Marathon) - Intensive 1 week Course - More info here

Introduction Sessions

A session for those who want to join the club, held every 6 weeks over winter and every 2 weeks over Summer. Summer sessions for those that have paddled a short closed cockpit kayak before. Winter sessions for experienced paddlers. 

An Induction is NOT suitable for complete novices, or those who only paddle open boats or long touring kayaks, who should book a One Star or, if a junior (8 to 14), a Paddle Power Start course (the club has very few open canoes or touring boats so all courses are coached mainly in ww kayaks). Even experienced unaccompanied juniors should attend Kids Club on a Sunday morning (Summer season) not book an Induction - see deails below.  PLEASE CHECK YOU QUALIFY BEFORE BOOKING as we do not issue refunds (as a club we take payment via Paypal but can't pay money out).

You will go out on the river with a coach who will assess your ability to control your boat and be safe on the river. The club coaches mostly in white water (short) kayaks using spraydecks, although we do have touring and racing kayaks and open canoes, plus stand-up paddle boards. Come prepared to get wet as we will ask you to capsize a white water kayak with a spraydeck and swim to the bank. The coach will advise you if you are free to join the club straight away or need to take a beginner's course. The session will also tell you how the club operates and the different activities offered. It's a great chance to ask question about the club and the sport.

If you have paddled before, and have children aged 8 or over who can paddle too, then you may bring them along to a Summer season induction.  If you take family membership then under 8s can go out with an adult in a tandem kayak or open canoe, not in a boat alone until they are 8. We can advise how best to introduce over 8s to paddling - a PaddlePower Start course or the family One Star Course. ALL participants must be able to swim a short distance, fully clothed and wearing a buoyancy aid.

Introduction to Racing Kayaking (Sprint and Marathon) Intensive 1 week Course

A one week course for adults (over 18) designed for those looking to take up a new competitive sport, and become part of our active kayak racing group.

The sessions will run Monday to Thursday Evening at 6.30pm and one day session on Saturday time tbc. Each session will be approximately 1.5hrs in length.

Participants must be able to swim 100m in light clothing. No previous experience necessary. Please wear light clothing, shorts/leggings, thermal top (such as hellie hanson or skiing thermals) recommended. No jeans. Bring a complete change of clothes and expect to get wet!

Six spaces available.

We hope on completing the course you will become club members and continue training with us and participate at races for the club.

(This course is not for existing club members - existing members interested in racing please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Cost:

Induction - Adult £10
Induction - Child £5 (Over 8's only, April to late September)

Racing Induction (1wk course) - Adult £40

 

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Introduction to Racing Kayaking (Sprint and Marathon) Intensive 1 week Course

New member induction dates

Thu Jul 06 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
New Member Induction 6pm start
Sun Jul 30 @12:30AM - 02:30PM
New Member Induction 12.30 start
Tue Sep 05 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
New Member Induction 6pm start
Sun Sep 24 @12:30AM - 02:30PM
New Member Induction 12.30 start
Sun Oct 22 @12:30AM - 02:30PM
New Member Induction 12.30 start