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NEW for 2023 Beginners introductory 'START' course

With the weather a little warmer and with us past the Spring Equinox now’s a good time to get out on the water in preparation for a full summer of paddling fun.

NCC is aiming to run 2x ½ day 'Start' Courses this year on the 8th May and the 20th May respectively.

There is a total of 24 places available, 12 on each day.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The cost of the ½ day course is £40 to be paid in advance. The course leaders are trained coaches and provide their time on a voluntary basis with the fee’s going to club funds.

Participants will be awarded a British Canoeing ‘Start’ Award

Aim – to introduce paddlesport and Newbury Canoe Club to people with no previous experience. Initial experience in a kayak

Location – Newbury Canoe Club, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5DF

Open to – over 18s. Must be reasonably physically capable and prepared to get immersed in water. Must be able to swim 50m in clothing without a buoyancy aid. Please note: any physical or mental health issues should be disclosed confidentially to the coaches beforehand

Kit to bring – Loose cheap sports kit and thin soled shoes/plimsoles. Layers if it is cold. Towel and a change of clothes for the end

Timetable of the day –



​09.00 – 09.15

Arrive & welcome & tour of the club

​09.15 – 09.30

​Get changed and ready

​09.30 – 09.45

Initial safety considerations

09.45 – 10.15

​Introduction to and sizing for kayaks and kit

10.15 – 10.30

Forwards and backwards paddling, turning, stopping

​10.30 – 11.20

​Move onto the canal. Free paddling under coaches watch.

11.20 – 11.30

​Off the water. De-brief and look forward

​11.30 – 11.45

Change and leave

I hope you’re interested to join us and seeing you on either the 8th or 20th of May.

Please contact Richard Carter, NCC Club Secretary, for a place


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