Our beginner courses for 2022 will start again in April – see below for details. If you would like to know about the 2022 courses, 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 for the under-10s (your child’s age is taken from 1st January, so if they are 10 after that date, they still count as under-10). In past years, it’s been possible for non-member juniors to participate. However, in 2022, we will be running it as a MEMBER-ONLY session. This would mean your child would need to be a member of the Club for these sessions. The current price for this is £60 and would cover a once-weekly session from May to September.
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.
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, 30th & 31st May and 1st June. The session times each day are:
- 10:00am to 11:15am
- 11:45am to 1pm
- 1:45pm to 3pm
We will publicise the event 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 on Wednesday, at 4pm-5pm. The dates are below. Please note, there is currently a waiting list, so not all dates will be available.
Dates for these 5-week courses for 2022
If you are interested in a place for your child (10-16 years) on one of the courses this year, please fill in the form, link below, to register your interest. We will then be in touch when a place becomes available.
- Saturdays, 11am-12pm:
Saturday 23rd April – 21st May
Saturday 18th June – 16th July
- Wednesdays tbc, 4pm-5pm:
Wednesday 27th April – 25th May
Wednesday 8th June – 6th July
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, after which they may join the Club and progress to other junior sessions, promoting further paddler development.
Theses junior courses run for 5 weeks and cost £50. 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 junior beginners wear a buoyancy aid.
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.