Taster Sessions & Kayaking Courses 2023

The club will be running taster sessions and TWO beginners courses in the spring/summer for adults and juniors 11+. To register your interest in a beginners course or taster session, please email captain@cheltenhamcanoeclub.com and we will be in touch with you.

TASTER SESSIONS for Adults and Juniors 11+ aimed at entry level skills.  The session will cover basic paddling skills needed for a flat water river trip and you will learn how to capsize and safely exit your boat.  A good introduction to our club and kayaking.

Sandford Parks Lido from 7.30pm-9pm (Thursday evenings summer only. To be booked in advance.)  Cost: Adult £22 and Junior £15 includes use of club equipment.

Next Taster Session –  please email captain@cheltenhamcanoeclub.com

BEGINNER COACHED KAYAKING COURSE for Adults and Juniors 11+ includes 5 coached sessions – 4 sessions at Sandford Parks Lido from 7.30pm-9pm (Thursday evenings) and 1 Saturday coached river or canal trip.  Cost: Adults £120 and Juniors 11+ £90.  The Club will provide all equipment and coaching.

First Beginners Course: Thurs 25 May, Thurs 8 June, Thurs 15 June, Saturday 17 June and Thurs 22 June (FULL)

Second Beginners Course: Thurs 29 June, Thurs 6 July, Thurs 13 July, Sat 15 July and Thurs 20 July.

You will need your own transport.  The Club’s volunteers will transport boats for the river trip on the course if you haven’t got a roof rack.

Cheltenham Canoe Club is primarily a white water club but also runs flat water trips eg River Avon and moving water trips eg Symonds Yat rapids on the Wye to develop a beginner paddler in the spring/summer months. If you decide to join the Club after the taster session or beginners course then activities run throughout the year.

The beginners courses are aimed at those with an interest in developing their paddling skills by attending Club activities/trips throughout the year including the autumn/winter months.

Ultimately we are looking to find adventurous, self-starting, motivated individuals who want to take the formative steps necessary to approach river kayaking with a measured and mature approach. Learning to read a river, becoming aware of hazards, able to make the right judgment calls for the safety of themselves and those kayaking with them. Most of all we are looking for adults and juniors to join the club and enjoy the beauty of the rivers of South West England, Wales and beyond… and the excitement of tackling the winter rapids.