Intro to White Water Kayaking 2023

About the course

Ever wanted to try white water kayaking? Our summer course is great fun and is an opportunity to learn new kayaking skills.

Learn the basics over four weeks of canal and pool-based sessions before finishing with a weekend away to explore the River Wye.

Here we combine smooth water paddling with the more technical Symonds Yat rapids, where you can put all your new skills into action with some exciting white water kayaking!

The cost for 2023 is £250.00 per person for current members (£325 for non-members). This includes all tuition, hire of equipment, fuel costs for the day trip and weekend away, as well as breakfast, lunch and accommodation on the weekend away.

The instructors are all volunteers and do not get paid. The only additional expense will be for a Saturday evening meal on the weekend away and beer money!

The Introduction to White Water Kayaking course is designed for adults (18+) who have little or no previous experience of paddling kayaks, but who want to get onto moving water by the end of the course.

Courses run through spring/ summer. You begin by learning how to control your boat on the Regents canal and at pool sessions, before progressing to moving water and ultimately your first taste of white water!


The course is suitable for all ages (18+) and abilities. It can however, be quite strenuous, so you may find it useful to do some other form of exercise before the course starts. Whatever your age or ability, you must be able to swim 50 meters in light clothing.


All of our instructors are experienced white water canoeists and kayakers. Many of them joined the club as a result of learning to paddle on a Regents Introduction to White Water Kayaking course, so they will be sympathetic to any fears or concerns you may have.

They are all volunteers and no one gets paid for their time.

Regents Canoe Club on River Wye

2023 Course Dates

Thursday 29th June7.00-9.00pmRegents Canoe Club
Tuesday 4th July7.00-9.00pmBritannia Leisure Centre
Thursday 6th July7.00-9.00pmRegents Canoe Club
Thursday 13th July7.00-9.00pmRegents Canoe Club
Tuesday 18th July7.00-9.00pmBritannia Leisure Centre
Thursday 20th July7.00-9.00pmRegents Canoe Club
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd JulyLeaving Friday evening, back Sunday nightRiver Wye

Further training

The club runs several trips aimed specifically at new white water paddlers who have completed this course and who want to learn more. These follow up trips are a great way to learn more and have fun on the rivers! We advertise such trips on our calendar page and in our regular members’ email newsletter.

Mailing list

If you wish to go onto the mailing list for future courses not currently open for booking, please subscribe here.

If you wish to learn to kayak on white water you may also wish to check out other providers, listed on our links page. Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin, although not local, are both highly recommended. The Lee Valley White Water Centre is also a good place to get tuition, and is fairly easy to get to. For a list of other London clubs see

If you have any questions regarding these courses, that are not answered here or on our ‘frequently asked questions page’ please contact our club safety and training officer.