Adult Novice Introductory Courses 2021

Covid restrictions allowing, we will be running beginner courses from late April. Please register your interest in courses 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.

2021 Wednesday and Saturday Course dates
Please register your interest on the link above or below:

Reading Canoe Club are running 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:

Three 4-week courses, starting on the dates below. The sessions start promptly at 11.30 on Saturday, each session lasting 1.5 hours:

  1. Saturday Course 1 – 1st May – 22nd May
  2. Saturday Course 2 – 29th May – 19th June
  3. Saturday Course 3 – 26th June – 17th July (provisional dates only)

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

  1. Wednesday Course 1 – 28th April – 19th May
  2. Wednesday Course 2 – 26th May – 16th June
  3. Wednesdays Course 3 – 23rd June – 14th July (provisional dates only)

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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