The introduction courses will consist of a pool session on a Monday evening at the pool at Kingswood School to go through the basic capsize drills in nice warm water. There will then be 4 weekly sessions on the river based from the clubhouse. These will either be on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6pm til 9pm. At the end of the course there will then be a longer day paddle on the river. This will take paddlers up to the BCU 1 star award.
For the under 16’s course these will run along the same lines but be aimed at younger paddlers. Parents can also come along to these sessions and join in if you want to learn how to paddle together. Under 16’s won’t be able to do the adult sessions. These courses will run in July and August when the water will be a bit warmer.
The 2 star award courses will take paddlers to the next level of competence and hone the skills learnt on the introductory courses. To gain the award you will need to complete both courses as the award covers both types of craft.
We feel that by offering the courses in this way paddlers can progress at the pace they want to and it can fit round other commitments.
Once you have completed a course you will be able to continue paddling on either a Tuesday or Thursday from the clubhouse with coach led sessions or progress onto one of the other courses.
For evening sessions all Trainees are expected to arrive at the boat house by 6.00 pm in order to be on the water by 6.20 pm. Each training session starts at 6.30 prompt and finishes at about 8.30 pm. There will then be a de-brief upstairs in the refurbished club house with hot drinks and a chance to talk to the coaches to discuss the session.
You do not have to become a member to be able to participate in these courses. As a non member the cost of the course is £100 for adults or £60 for under-18s. If you do become a member the the cost of the course is reduced to £50 for adults and £30 for under-18s. See the Membership page for the benefits allowed to members and for the registration process.
If you intend to keep on paddling after the course then the cheapest way to do it is to become a member first and then get half price courses. For example if you do a course as a non member it will cost you £100 and then decide to become a member to keep on paddling that will be an extra £80 so £180 in total. if you join first for £80 and then do a half price course it will be an extra £50, total £130.