Adult Novice Introductory Courses

Due to the current COVID19 restrictions, we have been unable to offer our normal beginner courses. While we are still looking at options for running them, please register your interest in courses.

Once we are able to run courses again, we will be in touch.


Courses are in flat water or touring type kayaks. These boats are slightly longer than the boats used in rough water or on the sea. In the canoeing world they are described as open cockpit boats, meaning that one’s knees are not inside the boat. This means that in the event of a capsize you fall out of the boat quickly, easily and safely. They are slightly less stable at first, but much faster once the balance and basic forward stroke are mastered.

Start Dates – currently on hold
Please register your interest on the link above

Reading Canoe Club are running six adult beginner courses. Details are below. The course cost is £60. Beginners should be changed and ready to go by the start time please.

Adult beginners courses will be run as follows:

Four 4-week courses, starting on the dates below. The sessions start promptly at 11.00 on Saturday, each session lasting 1.5 hours:

  1. Saturday  Course 1 – dates TBC
  2. Saturday Course 2 – dates TBC
  3. Saturday Course 3 – dates TBC
  4. Saturday Course 4 – dates TBC

Two 4-week courses, starting promptly at 18.30 on Wednesday evenings, each session lasting 1.5 hours:

  1. Wenesday Course 1 – dates – TBC
  2. Wednesday Course 2 – dates – TBC

If you would like a place on a course please complete this form

In the event of adverse weather or river conditions, a session may have to be postponed. All courses are subject to there being enough participants and coaching staff available.

If you cannot wait for a course, please contact the club, who will put you in contact with one of the coaches who may coach you on a 1-2-1 basis, or run a small course. Any such coaching or courses is a direct relationship with the coach involved, and will only run under suitable conditions. There will be a fee for any such course or coaching.

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