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Kayak & Canoe - adult

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


British Canoeing Instructor / Coach Courses

As of 2019 we will be running both "paddlesports Instructor" and "Core Coach" Courses. 


BC Paddlesports Instructor

2019 Dates:

26th & 27th January, 10-6pm


BC Core Coach Training

2019 Dates:

12th & 13th January, 10-6pm



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.

2018 Dates:

2 Sept, 2-5pm


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

14 July

15 Sept

13 Oct

27 Oct


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:

29, 30 Sept, 7 Oct


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:

14 July


Adult Sessions - starting 9/4/18



Beginners & intermediates: tuition

Mondays 6.15 - 9pm

Wednesdays 4.45-7.30pm (Wednesdays only during school term-times)

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:


Slalom kayak training sessions

Have a BC 1 Star and want to have a go at a competitive form of kayaking or just develop your skills and keep fit? These are for you.


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 2018
  • Season ends: 31st March 2019

Kayak & Canoe - adult activities schedule

December 2018

No scheduled activities found

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

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