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Give paddling a go with a taster session

Open to all, a Bath Canoe Club taster session is a great way to try out paddling. It’s a 3-hour qualified instructor-led introduction to Paddlesports, setting off from our clubhouse onto the River Avon.

You will earn the British Canoeing Paddle Start award.

Choose one of our available dates to get started.


British Canoeing Paddle Start Award


2024 Dates

Fortnightly on a Saturday afternoon from April to August 2024.

Select a date to book!

20 April 4 May 18 May 1 June 15 June 29 June 13 July 27 July 10 August 24 August


Ready to become a member?

The best way to join us is to sign up for our Paddle Discover course, which includes a full years membership.

As a member, you'll have free access to all our club trips and events, weekly pool sessions, and use of our clubhouse facilities and equipment.

Go to the Membership section below to see prices for standalone membership.


The club is entirely run by friendly volunteers, which includes qualified coaches who provide the following Paddle UK (formerly British Canoeing) Paddle Awards between April and September each year.

Boats, paddles, buoyancy aids, helmets, and spray decks are provided. The club has changing rooms and showers. Please wear clothes that can get wet, a wetsuit is good but not essential, depending on the weather. Bring a towel and spare dry clothes!

On completion of the courses we are able to provide Paddle UK certification, however this is at an additional cost. 

Who needs to do the courses?

All new members whose personal skills are not Paddle Explore standard are expected to take the Paddle Discover and Paddle Explore courses. Trip Leaders will want to know that members joining Bath Canoe Club trips meet (or exceed) this minimum standard.  It is also a requirement to be a key code holder. 


Enables the paddler to develop decision making and fundamental skills

Your Discover Award allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler. Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; giving you the confidence to progress to making your own choices with the Explore Award.

In addition to the course you will also get a full years membership so that you can continue paddling afterwards on club activities.




Tuesday Evenings

14 May - 18 June 2024

25 June - 30 July 2024

Thursday Evenings

16 May- 20 June 2024

27 June - 1 August 2024


An award that empowers and supports the individual paddler

Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport. Working with a coach you will be able to develop a programme that suits what you need. Learning to make confident choices with this individualised approach. Recognising your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.

You will need to be a member of the club to participate in this course. 




Tuesday Evenings
25 June - 16 July 2024

6 - 27 August 2024


These prices are for standalone membership, you don't need this if you have booked onto a Paddle Discover course.

Under 18 year olds: anyone 6 years or over can join the club with written consent from a parent or guardian.


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Need help or want to ask questions about this page?

Talk to us via email at membership@bathcanoeclub.co.uk

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