Adult Novice Introductory Courses

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

Reading Canoe Club are running six adult beginner courses. Details are below. The course cost is £50. 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 April 27th + 4th, 11th, 18th May
  2. Saturday May 25th + 1st, 8th, 15th June
  3. Saturday June 22th + 29th, 6th, 13th July
  4. Saturday July 27th + 3rd, 10th, 17th Aug

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

  1. May 1st + 8th, 15th, 22nd May
  2. May 29th + 5th, 12th, 19th June

If you would like a place on a course please contact

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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