Intro courses

The aim of the introduction courses is to introduce newcomers to Paddle Sport activities. The course will last all day (usually 10:30am to 4pm) and is suitable for all ages.

The day is an opportunity to try range of craft, and is usually divided into three sections: General purpose Kayaks, Flat Water Racing/Touring boats, and Open Canadian Canoes. It covers safety on the water, use of correct kit, basic forward, backward and turning paddling strokes, demonstration of safety equipment, and what to do in the event of a capsize. You will have the opportunity to paddle all of these types of craft and while we encourage trying out the different boats it is not compulsory.

Courses are run by qualified British Canoeing coaches and includes temporary membership, all necessary equipment, and drinks on the day. By the end of the day we expect you to have learnt how to paddle in a straight line and be able to join us at regular club paddles on the canal, having had a lot of fun in the process!

You can find out more information about the courses we have by clicking on the link below.

The introduction courses usually run from April to August, introducing you to a new sport in time for a summer of fun.

In 2024 our Intro courses will be on:

  • Sunday 12th May
  • Sunday 21st July
  • Sunday 1st September

Click the links below to sign up.

What you need to know before you attend…

Each session will last all day, and will give you an introduction to safety on the water and then basic coaching on paddling a canoe, kayak, and racing kayak.​

You must be able to swim 25m in light clothing. Please bring a change of clothes, a towel and some trainers to wear in the boat.

​Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

​Young people under the age of 18 must have consent form completed by parents

All sessions will be supervised by British Canoeing qualified coaches.

​Just remember, you will get wet!!

How to join in

Sign-up is online via WebCollect. Click the button below to be taken to the booking page.

If you want more information about any of our courses, then please contact us