Learn to kayak on one of our summer courses (ages 8-12)

Learn to kayak on one of our summer courses (ages 8-12)

Courses for juniors will run at the club throughout August this year. The courses are led by Nicole Williams, a Level 2 British Canoeing-accredited coach and the club’s Vice-Captain.

Who are the courses for?

The courses are for juniors aged 8 to 12. All courses are suitable for complete novices, as well as those that have tried canoeing or kayaking before.

There is a chance that you may fall in, so you should be able to swim 25 metres in light clothing. We provide buoyancy aids for everyone.

What will I learn?

Participants will learn how to paddle a single kayak (known as a K1) competently. By the end of the course they will be able to use a range of strokes, have good stability in the kayak and be able to manoeuvre with confidence. They will also have a lot of fun along the way!

When and where are the courses?

Each course comprises three sessions held throughout the week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and lasting for two hours (10.00am-12.00pm). You can attend one of the following three courses this summer:

  • Week 1: Monday 8 August, Wednesday 10 August and Friday 12 August 
  • Week 2: Monday 15 August, Wednesday 17 August and Friday 19 August 
  • Week 3: Monday 22 August, Wednesday 24 August and Friday 26 August 

The courses start and finish at the club, which is based on Trowlock Island, Teddington, TW11 9QY.

What do I need to bring on the day?

You should bring summer sports kit for the sessions. You may get wet so it is best not to wear baggy tracksuit bottoms or hoodies. If it is a colder day, a waterproof top or close-fitting thermal top will keep you warm.You should also bring a towel (we have indoor changing facilities and warm showers). It is a good idea to bring a water bottle too.

Why Royal Canoe Club?

There are a few canoeing courses on offer in and around Kingston- and Richmond-upon-Thames. Ours are a little different from those on offer at local outdoor centres such as Albany Park and Thames Young Mariners.

We are a canoe racing club with around 200 members. All of our income is reinvested in the club and we exist because our members volunteer their time. We love canoeing and we love racing.

That means our courses are run by coaches that paddle most days and compete regularly. It also means that we invest in the best racing canoeing equipment for our members. We are always open to new members and hope that many people taking part in courses will go onto become members. We are well-placed to help you have fun and progress in your paddling.

How do I book?

The course of three sessions costs £60. You can pay by cheque or cash on the first day of the course. You should book in advance by emailing Nicole at vice-captain@royalcanoe.com. Nicole can also answer any further questions you may have.

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