British Canoeing Start and Discover

This course is for beginners who have done little or no kayaking before. It is the first part of the British Canoeing scheme and its aim is to provide basic kayaking techniques and essential background knowledge. By the end of the course you will have achieved a good understanding of the basic handling techniques for both canoes and kayaks.


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Course Dates 2021

All courses commence at 0930 and aim to finish at 1700. Please arrive at the Centre for 0915 to sign in at reception.



Please use the button below to book onto a course.

All bookings are subject to our Course Booking Terms & Conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To book onto a course please use the ‘Book Now’ button further up the page. Alternately you can drop by the Centre or call us on 020 7537 2626.

We provide wetsuits, buoyancy aids, all equipment, showers, changing rooms and course materials.

You will need to bring footwear which you are happy to get wet, a swimsuit (to wear under one of our wetsuits), a towel, and any toiletries. On sunny days, please bring sunscreen and a hat. Please also bring a packed lunch, as there are limited options nearby.

Students are not required to be able to swim, but should be confident in the water whilst wearing a buoyancy aid.

Please see sections 5 and 6 of our Course Booking Terms & Conditions in regards to rescheduling or cancelling a course.

Very rarely do we need to reschedule a course due to either a lack of wind or excessive wind. A course will still take place if it’s raining. In the event of a lightning storm, all sessions on the water will cease and students will return to shore for at least 20 minutes after the last visible lightning strike.

No fee will be payable from the student if a course is rescheduled because of the weather conditions.

The majority of the course is practical based. However, there will be short periods of time when theory is covered in a classroom.

All of our British Canoeing Courses are taught by qualified UKCC British Canoe coaches.

If you require more information please call us on 020 7537 2626 or drop us an email at