Junior Novice Introductory Courses

Under 10s – Junior Fun Sessions – May to September

Each year the Club runs junior fun sessions, where any child can turn up and have a go in a boat. These are stable plastic kayaks, so the children feel safe and build confidence. These sessions are free to Club members, but there is a small charge of £5 for non-members. The number allowed on the water at any time is limited to the coaching staff available, but if the session is oversubscribed, then we rotate the time on the water.

The time on the water is spent playing around in canoes and kayaks with the emphasis on having fun and gaining confidence with the boat and the water. Some instruction is given, but it is not a course. Still it’s surprising how much the children still pick up from this. Whatever, the fun sessions are a good way to see if your child would like to become more involved and perhaps take on a course in the future.

The sessions are aimed at under 10s, but bear in mind that they must be strong enough to paddle about in a boat and swim with the aid of a buoyancy aid.

Fun Session- April 2019 (PDF)

Children’s Festival – Beginner Taster Sessions for Juniors 9 – 16 years old:

We are holding FREE Taster Sessions during Children’s Festival week – Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May 2019.

The session times each day are:

  • 10:00am to 11:15am
  • 11:30am to 12:45pm
  • 1:30pm to 2:45pm
  • 3:00pm to 4:15pm

There are 10 places per session. To book a place, please email the Club on info@reading-canoe.org.uk or call 07580 780961, letting us know the session your child(ren) would like to attend and how many places you require.

Booking is essential and you must please bring a signed parental consent form (on our website).

Junior Beginners Courses for 10-16 year olds

The Club starts running Junior beginner courses after Easter until late summer. They run on Saturday mornings, 11am-12noon and after school on the days shown.

Dates for these 5-week courses:

  • Saturdays: 27th April – 25th May, 11am-12 noon
  • Mondays: 29th April – 27th May, 4pm-5pm
  • Tuesdays: 4th June – 2nd July, 4pm-5pm
  • Saturday 8th June – 6th July, 11am-12 noon

These sessions are designed to give junior beginners a feel for kayaking and for the type of paddle sessions that are run at the Club. We expect your child to be on the course for 5 weeks, at which point they can join the Club and progress to other junior sessions promoting further paddler development.

Theses junior courses run for 5 weeks and cost £30. For more information please email the Club on info@reading-canoe.org.uk – indicating your interest in a Junior course.

All courses are subject to there being enough participants and coaching staff available. The minimum age for participating in a junior course is 10 years old. Juniors should be confident in water and should be able to swim in light clothing.


If you are a school interested in kayaking lessons within school hours or as an after-school activity, please contact the Club. We are able to offer dedicated courses.

As part of our work in the community, the Club has a number of courses dedicated to particular schools, running from April through to the end of July. Priority on school sessions is given to the pupils of the designated school, but, if there are any spare places, they will be allocated on a first come first served basis to any other junior keen to learn.

Further Info