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Kayak & Canoe - adult

Sessions and courses from beginner to advanced in canoeing and kayaking. Westminster Boating Base issues certificates for the British Canoeing Paddle Awards - Paddle Discover, Paddle Explore and personal performance awards.

Westminster Boating Base is a British Canoeing (BC) Quality Mark Approved Centre.

Where can kayaking and canoeing take you? See progression pathways

 

Age 10-23yrs?

See Youth Programme

Over 18's are also welcome to join our regular adult sessions and courses at the advertised price.

 

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Courses & taster sessions for beginners & intermediates

Our weekly schedule for proficient (BC 1 Star / Discover +) paddlers

 

Go Paddling "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.

2019 Dates:

May Bank Holiday 27th May

 

Adult Courses

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

 

British Canoeing Paddle Discover (novice)

An exciting new award from British Canoeing, the Paddle Discover Award teaches practical skills and knowledge, creating a foundation for a fun and safe time on the water.

Under the guidance of our instructors you will learn how to choose and use equipment effectively, develop practical skills including self-rescue and gain an understanding of the environment and other factors which will affect your paddling.

At the end of this course you will be competent at manoevering your craft having gained the confidence to take to the water during our recreational sessions or further your personal development with the Paddle Explore award.

Please note, some course dates have the choice of either kayak and canoe. Not sure what the difference is? Click here!

13th April - kayak

27th April - kayak

27th April - Canoe

8th June - kayak

22nd June - kayak 

22nd June - Canoe

13th July - kayak

7th September - kayak 

21st September - kayak

26th October - kayak

British Canoeing Paddle Explore (improver)

 An exciting new award from British Canoeing, the Paddle Explore award builds upon the foundation skills and techniques learned in the Paddle Discover award.

The award is taught at a maximium ratio of 1:6, a small enough group to focus upon the individual and tailor the skills to personal development of the sport. At the end of this course you will be able to skillfully manoeuvre your craft and have a broad understanding of how to safely take your kayaking further whether that be with our recreational sessions.


Please note, some course dates have the choice of either kayak and canoe. Not sure what the difference is? Click here!

2019 course dates:

4th & 5th May - kayak

6th & 7th July - kayak 

6th & 7th July - Canoe

5th & 6th October - kayak

 

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. It is a prerequisite of the BC Paddlesport Instructor but is useful for any paddler providing a broader knowledge base, not to mention it is incredibly fun!

2019 course dates:

25th May

 

Adult Sessions - starting 1/4/19

YOU MUST ARRIVE FOR THE START TIME OF THE SESSION. TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO ONE!

  

Beginners & intermediates: Tuition

Mondays 4.45-7.30pm

Tuesdays 6.15-9pm

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

Sundays 9.45am-1pm and 1.45-5pm (all year round, 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 2019
  • Season ends: 31st March 2020

Kayak & Canoe - adult activities schedule

August 2019

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

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