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Kayak & Canoe

Sessions and courses from beginner to advanced in canoeing and kayaking. WBB issues certificates for the BC One Star, BC Two Star awards (personal skills) and more.

Westminster Boating Base is a British Canoeing (BC) Approved Centre and is Sport England Top Centre & Clubmark accredited.

Where can kayaking and canoeing take you? See progression pathways


Age 10-23yrs?

See Youth Programme


Go Kayaking "taster" sessions

Taster sessions suitable for adults and children (age 10yrs+) who want to give kayaking/canoeing a try. Suitable for families. Emphasis on fun! These must be booked in advance.



Adult Courses

Our courses are run to the standards of British Canoeing - the National Governing body in the UK.


British Canoeing (BC) One Star (novice)

The entry-level award teaching the basic skills and manoeuvres in a kayak and including an element of journeying.

2018 course dates:

14 April

28 April

12 May

9 June

23 June


British Canoeing (BC) Two Star (improver)

Once you've mastered the basic skills and are proficient at paddling your craft over short distances, the 2 Star award is the next step. This adds to your skill base and develops your technique in both a canoe and a kayak.

2018 course dates:


Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT)

This course aims to give the participant key safety and rescue skills to be able to operate safely and be able to deal with common emergencies.

2018 course dates:



Adult Sessions - starting 3/4/2017

Wednesdays: only during school term-time. No session on the following dates: 5 & 12 April, 31 May, 26 July to 30 August, 25th October.

Sundays: All year round recreational sailing and kayaking for proficient sailors and kayakers (subject to winter clothing regulations from November to March).



Beginners & intermediates: tuition

Mondays and Wednesdays

These sessions will provide you with an introduction to kayaking & canoeing and for those with limited experience will advance your skills and familiarise you with the river. You can then attend the "proficient paddler" sessions.

How to attend


Proficient Paddlers: Sessions & river trips

Thursdays 5.15-8.30pm. See racing

Sundays 9.45am-1pm and 1.45-5pm (subject to winter clothing regulations from Nov-March)

These sessions are geared up for those that have already mastered the basic skills. Sundays are longer journeys (typically 3 to 5 miles) and you will need to be competent to paddle this distance at a fair pace. Scenic trips through the heart of the city can be both exciting and challenging at times!

To come along to these sessions you will need to have done one of the following:


How to attend

  1. Create a log-in on this website which will provide us with your contact details. 
  2. Print and sign this consent form to bring with you on the day.
  3. There is no booking required for the sessions although to ensure a space you can book the Wednesday sessions online. Just turn up at the advertised start time of the session (the sessions operate on a first-come-first-served basis. CASH ONLY on the door.
  4. From within the MY ACCOUNT section, you can purchase adult season tickets or just 'pay-as-you-go'.

Please note that if you are late, you may be turned away. Time and tide wait for no one!


You will need to bring:

NOTE: Nobody will be allowed on the water without the above.



Currently in summer season

  • Season starts: 01st April 2017
  • Season ends: 31st March 2018

Kayak & Canoe activities schedule

February 2018

No scheduled activities found

A Royal Yachting Association (RYA) & British Canoe Union (BCU) approved training centre, regulated by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS).

Westminster Boating Base is a Sport England Clubmark accredited 'Top centre'.

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