Beginners

The club welcomes all new members and offers a two-week trial period before you are asked to pay for annual membership.  Temporary membership is £3.00, which covers you for two sessions and then each session costs just £5 and covers equipment use, water fees and coaching!

This is the place to start if you want to come canoeing…

If you are new to the sport, haven’t done any paddling for years, want to gain some personal paddling awards or just want to get going again, then please come to one of our Saturday Sessions between Easter and November. Outside of these times, it gets just a little too chilly and we would hate to put you off! Ideally, please bring your whole family! It’s great fun!

The Saturday Sessions run from 9.30 am to 12 noon every Saturday throughout the year, except Bank Holiday Weekends.

For more details on club sessions please visit the Club Sessions page.

A Gentle Start

Do not worry, we won’t send you down the White Water Course! Our session is mainly based on Winfield Pool. This is the small sheltered lake near to White Water Control, at the top of the White Water Course.

 

What to Wear

You need to ensure that you are dressed for the weather and water conditions. The water can be cold at any time of the year and it is very easy to get chilled and quickly miserable once you are damp or wet. We like to see happy paddlers!

Please dress in warm, light, layered clothing (not cotton as this is very cold when wet!) with a light windproof jacket if it is breezy. Jeans are not recommended as they are cotton and will be uncomfortable when wet. Wear some old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet, as footwear must be worn at all times, and bring a dry change of clothes and your shower kit.

  • Wet suits can be worn if you have them but they are not essential.
  • Showers are available in the changing rooms.

From October to March we ask parents to be available at short notice as if a child gets wet or cold we will take them off the water and the coach cannot always be available to look after them whilst they get changed and until the end of the session.

 

If you have further questions, for information about the club and what happens throughout the year take a look at the News and Trips and Events pages.

If you have a question that can’t be answered on the website, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.