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 6 adult beginner courses of four sessions, each lasting about 1.5 hours. The course cost is £50. The sessions will be on the same day and time over the 4 weeks. Beginners should be changed and ready to go by the start time.

2018 Course Start Dates:

  • Saturday 14th April  – 11:00
  • Wednesday 18th April – 18:30
  • Saturday 19th May – 11:00
  • Wednesday 23rd May – 18:30
  • Saturday 23th June – 11:00
  • Saturday 4th August – 11:00

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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