Discover white water kayaking with Regents Canoe Club
Introduction to White Water Kayaking courses
The course is great fun and is an opportunity to learn new kayaking skills. The six week course includes six canal and pool-based sessions, and a day trip to a beautiful section of the Thames at Shepperton, where the water runs clean and offers a perfect training spot.
We finish off with a weekend away to explore the River Wye, where 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 our second 2022 course 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!
Booking is now open for our Spring 2022 course, see below.
There will be changes to how we’ve run these courses in the past to keep in line with guidance, please take a look at our covid-safe procedures for paddling.
If you do develop symptoms or are required to self-isolate we will discuss whether there are alternate dates or offer you a refund.
Introduction to White Water Kayaking
Each spring and summer Regents Canoe Club runs one or more Introduction to White Water Kayaking courses.
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.
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!
About the Introduction to White Water Kayaking course
The course runs over six weeks, comprising four evening sessions on the Regents Canal, two evening sessions in the swimming pool, a day trip to the Thames, usually near Shepperton on the outskirts of west London, and a weekend away to paddle moving and white water. We can take up to fifteen students on each course.
For the weekend away we will travel to the Welsh borders to paddle the River Wye, leaving London on Friday evening and returning on Sunday evening. See course dates below.
Please note that we cannot guarantee a white water experience on the weekend away. For example, on rare occasions rivers may be in flood and too dangerous to kayak on. We will however do our utmost to find a suitable and safe venue for the weekend.
It is highly recommended that you attend all of the sessions. If you miss one session it is usually possible to catch up but repeated non-attendance may mean you fall behind. If you miss too many sessions the coaches may decide it is unsafe to continue your training as we move onto moving and white water. In such circumstances no refund will be given.
This course is intended to introduce you to kayaking on moving water in a safe and enjoyable manner. Please note that this course is not accredited by the British Canoe Union (BCU) and does not lead to any qualification or certificate. Many club members do go on to earn BCU qualifications, often through instruction organised by the club.
Students on the course are welcome to use the club’s facilities on Monday and Thursday evenings without any additional charge, for the duration of the course, providing they attend the first evening of the course.
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.
Dates for 2021 Introduction to White Water Kayaking courses.
|Thurs 14 April 2022||Thursday 7.00-9.00pm||Session 1 at Regents Canoe Club|
|Tues 19 April 2022||Tuesday 7.00-9.00pm||Session 2 at Britannia Leisure Centre|
|Tues 26 April 2022||Tuesday 7.00-9.00pm||Session 4 at Britannia Leisure Centre|
|Thur 5 May 2022||Thursday 7.00-9.00pm||Session 4 at Regents Canoe Club|
|Sat 7 May 2022||Saturday all day||Day trip to Shepperton Lock near Weybridge|
|Thur 12 May 2022||Thursday 7.00-9.00pm||Session 4 at Britannia Leisure Centre|
|Thur 19 May 2022||Thursday 7.00-9.00pm||Session 4 at Britannia Leisure Centre|
|Friday 20 – Sun 22 May 2022||Friday evening to Sunday evening||Weekend trip to River Wye staying at YHA Wye Valley|
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.
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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 www.canoelondon.com.
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.