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British Canoe Union training 


These courses are delivered by Bath Canoe Club volunteer coaches and use current BCU guidelines.

This year (2017) we are changing our training courses so that we can provide an introduction to the sport and a pathway to progress further.

The following courses will be available subject to coach availability.

4 week BCU 1 star award introduction to kayaks

4 week BCU 1 star award introduction to canoes

4 week BCU 1 star award introduction course for under 16's (and families)

4 week BCU 2 star award in kayak

4 week BCU 2 star award in canoe

All of these courses will be held over 4 consecutive weeks or either Tuesday evenings or Thursday evenings.

Once you have completed a course you will be able to continue paddling on either a Tuesday or Thursday evening with coach led sessions or progress onto one of the other courses.

The introduction courses will consist of a pool session on a Monday evening at the pool at Kingswood School to go through basic capsize drills in nice warm water. There will then be 4 weekly sessions on the river based from the clubhouse. These will either be on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6pm til 9pm. At the end of the course there will then be a longer day paddle on the river. This will take paddlers up to the BCU 1 star award.

For the under 16's course and family course these will run along the same lines but be aimed at younger paddlers or family groups. Parents can come along to these sessions and join in if you want to learn to paddle together. Under 16's won't be able to do the adult sessions. These courses will run in July and August when the water will be a bit warmer.

The 2 star award courses will take paddlers to the next level of competence and hone the skills learnt on the introduction courses. To gain the award you will need to complete both of the 2 star courses as the award covers both types of craft.

We feel that by offering the courses in this way paddlers can progress at the pace they want to and fit around other commitments.

You do not have to be a club member to take these courses but if you do take out an membership then the course fees are reduced.

If you intend to keep on paddling after the course then the cheapest way to do it is to become a member first and then get half price courses. For example if you do a course as a non member it will cost you £100 and then decide to become a member to keep on paddling that will be an extra £80 so £180 in total. if you join first for £80 and then do a half price course it will be an extra £50, total £130.

The dates for all these courses will be in the event diary.


The following events will be listed in the Event Diary if and when it has been confirmed that they will be run 

3 Star White Water [TBC]

Will depend upon demand. May need to use an outside provider. If there is demand we will endeavour to organise a course. Please contact the BCC Training Officer if interested (and you have the pre-requisite skills/ certificates –see the Canoe England website).

3 Star Sea Training / Assessment [TBC]

Dates [TBC] but likely to be:

April: 2 or 3 weekday evenings, theory at the clubhouse.

April: 2 weekday evenings, or 1 Saturday, on the river in sea-boats, basic strokes

May: 1 day on the sea, developing strokes

May/June: 1 or 2 days journey on the sea.


Assessment [TBC] end of summer / early autumn

Lead coach: Julian Haines

Sea training for beginners [TBC]

Possibly sessions on the river and/or on the sea

Will depend upon demand. Please contact the BCC Training Officer if interested.

Rolling Lessons

At the pool, Monday evenings. Dates TBC -likely to be January- March.

Tuition likely to be: 1 to 1, in 30-40 minute slots, in blocks of 6 weeks

Please contact Julian Haines

First Aid 2-day course

Date TBC , (possibly March)

Lead coach: Paul Carrol


Foundation Safety & Rescue Techniques

Date TBC , (possibly June)

Lead coach: Paul Carrol



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