Adult beginners 

Taster sessions 

  • Get started with a taster session. These typically run at 9am on Saturday’s throughout the year. It may also be possible to arrange a session at another time.
  • We charge £20 per person for a 2-hour taster session, including equipment and coaching. This fee will be refunded if you join the club. All coaching and equipment is free for members.
  • There sessions are typically for people 18 or older, as we run separate sessions for juniors. Let us know your age when you get in touch.

What to wear 

  • You need to be able to swim in clothes.  There is only a small chance of ending up in the river, but you need to be at peace with the possibility!
  • You should wear clothes that allow you to move freely and that you don’t mind getting wet.  If it’s rainy or breezy then a light windproof top is useful.
  • If you have some non-bulky shoes that you don’t mind getting wet then that can be good.


  • Some people will go out in any weather but taster sessions are best in reasonable weather. We can always rearrange a taster session if the weather is bad. Just let us know in advance.

Changing facilities 

  • The clubhouse has changing rooms and showers so bring a change of clothing and a towel.
  • As with any activity on a river or lake, you should wash your hands after going on the river.
  • There are lockers to keep your valuables in – you will need to bring your own padlock for these.  If you haven’t got a padlock, the coach may be able to store these in a locker for you.

Medical conditions 

  • Let the coaches know of any medical conditions that might be relevant.

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