Junior Novice Introductory Courses 2022

All our courses for this year are now finished and will start again in April 2022. If you would like information about the 2022 courses, when dates are decided, please register your interest and we will let you know when a place becomes available.

Under 10s – Junior Fun Sessions – May to September

Each year the Club runs junior fun sessions. In past years, it’s been possible for non-member juniors to participate and have a go in a boat. However, in 2021 we have had to run it as a MEMBER-ONLY session. Please pre-book a place by going to Reading Canoe Club’s U10s Facebook page.

The boats used by the children in these sessions are stable plastic kayaks, so the children feel safe and build confidence. The number allowed at the session is limited to the coaching staff available, but will be made clear from the booking sheet.

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 2021 (PDF)

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

The next set of Taster Sessions will be running in May half term 2022. The session times each day are:

  • 10:00am to 11:15am
  • 11:45am to 1pm
  • 1:45pm to 3pm

We will publicise the event, with dates, nearer the time. There are 10 places per session. To book a place, complete one form per child.

Booking is essential and you must please bring a signed parental consent form (on our website). Your place will be confirmed by email. Please do not turn up unless your place is confirmed.

Junior Beginners Courses for 10-16 year olds

The Club starts running Junior beginner courses from late April until late summer. They run on Saturday mornings, 11am-12pm and after school, currently on Wednesdays, at 4pm-5pm, plus a Tuesday course. There are no more running in 2021, but they will resume in April 2022.

Dates for these 5-week courses for 2022 tbc
If you are interested in a place for your child (10-16 years) on one of the courses next year, please fill in the form, link below, to register your interest. We will then be in touch when dates are confirmed for 2022.

  • Saturdays, 11am-12pm:
  • Wednesdays, 4pm-5pm:

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 £45. To put yourself on the list for these courses, please register your interest and we will let you know when a place becomes available.

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.

All courses are subject to there being enough participants and coaching staff available.


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