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Kayaking 'Discover' award courses for 2024

We are running our latest series of kayaking courses for 2024

From April to July

Who is it for?

This course is designed for novice or 'out of practice' kayakers wanting the opportunity to learn sufficient kayaking skills to paddle club kayaks safety, and familiarise yourself with the club and some of its members. The course also offers an opportunity to learn and try out Canadian Canoes.

We require people to go on the 'Start' course before committing themselves to the 'Beginners' course. Kayaking requires a degree of physical dexterity and comfort on the water and the 'Start' course gives you the opportunity to experience this before committing to this course. The Start course also covers things like boat sizing and equipment which we do not want to repeat.


We have 2 course available with 12 places on each. Places will be allocated on a 1st come basis.

You will be required to attend all sessions to receive your 'Discover' award.

The evening course will be held on a series of 5x Wednesday evenings 6.00pm - 8.00pm

  • April 8th

  • May 15th

  • May 22nd

  • June 5th

  • June 12th

The June weekend course will be held on a series 2x Saturday 8.30am - 4.00pm

  • June 15th

  • June 22nd

The July weekend course will be held on a series 2x Saturday 8.30am - 4.00pm

  • July 6th

  • July 20th

Actual timings and dates may be subject to change due to weather conditions etc.


The cost of the course is £180 pp

Payment by BACS to be made before the course. 

Prices may be modified for couples/families who wish to participate.

If an existing member of NCC wishes to learn new skills and SUP or kayak, the fee will £50.

Please contact Caroline to arrange


  • 18yrs or over

  • Children above the age of 14 will be allowed on the course if accompanied by parent/carer

  • You must be able to swim 50m in light clothing (without a buoyancy aid)

  • To have completed the 'Start' award or had some previous paddling experience.

What should I bring?

  • Please wear suitable clothing for being in the water.

  • Wet shoes/neoprene wet socks if you have them. Light pumps will work as long as they are ok to get wet. Leggings/shorts (appropriate for the weather), t-shirt, long or short sleeved, windproof jacket and thin but warm tops/trousers.

  • It is better to have a few thin layers rather than one thick layer·

  • You will get wet, please bring a change of clothes

  • Please bring water and energy snacks (Water refills from NCC kitchen and warm drinks)

What's Provided:

  • Kayak and Canoe

  • Paddle

  • Buoyancy Aid

What you will get from this course

  • Paddle UK 'Discover' award

  • 1 years free club membership which gives you use of club equipment.

How do I book?

Register via the events link on the home page 

On confirmation of registration make payment via BACS of £180

Account name: Newbury Canoe Club

Sort Code: 30-95-89

Account Number: 45987168

Reference <DISCOVER surname>


If you are unable to attend the course you may cancel up to 5 days prior to the date 

You will  have the option of rearranging for an alternative date upon availability, or receive a full refund.

If you cancel within 5 days a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space. You may transfer your place with a friend. 

Becoming a paddler

We encourage all paddlers to obtain a British Canoeing On the Water membership where you can register your awards. This includes a waterways licence and insurance to paddle over 4,500km of river navigations and canals across England and Wales.

We also encourage all 'discover' paddlers to become an acitive member of the club. Instructors are unpaid club volunteers and on joining the club we similarly expect people to volunteer to help.

As a member of NCC you will get to continue developing kayaking skills, meet other like-minded members and become part of our growing paddling community.  You will be able to use club equipment or store your own.

The 'discover' course will help you understand the safety and planning of any trips with fellow paddlers you may want to do, Whilst you may come to feel more equipped individually it is always safer to paddle in groups rather than on your own. However, when using NCC equipment it is a requirement that you must paddle in groups of 3 or more.

For all course enquiries please contact Caroline Read

To explore other course available including SUP and Start awards go to

For more information regarding British Canoeing awards go to

For all other information regarding British Canoeing and its membership, they are now rebranded as Paddle UK


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