Adult Novice Introductory Courses 2022

All our adult beginner courses for this year are now finished. If you would like to hear about the beginner courses for 2022, starting around April/May time, please register your interest  by filling in the form. We will then let you know when a place becomes available.


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.

2022 Wednesday and Saturday Course dates
Please register your interest on the link above or below:

Reading Canoe Club will be running adult beginner courses starting again in April/May next year. The course cost will be £60. Beginners should be changed and ready to go by the start time please.

Adult beginners courses will be run as follows:

Three 4-week courses, starting on the dates tbc. The sessions start promptly at 11.30 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

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

  1. Wednesday Course 1 – dates tbc
  2. Wednesday Course 2 – dates tbc
  3. Wednesdays Course 3 – 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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