An important part of Hampton canoe clubs mission is to introduce new paddlers to the delights of kayaking and canoeing, and to ensure that people paddle safely and competently. Our objective is that new members achieve British Canoeing qualifications that will allow them to paddle when and where they like on placid waters. We will run a range of courses for adults in 2019.

Please check back for details and dates – these will be added to the website once they have been planned in



Calendar of course dates

Qualified, experienced coaches will be on hand to explain and demonstrate the basics of paddling.

Each course starts with a welcome briefing to explain our plans for the course; the do’s and don’ts of paddling on the Thames; and selecting and adjusting your equipment. Then we’ll go afloat, explaining the best way to do that, and cover the basic techniques of handling a kayak effectively and efficiently. We will also cover rescue techniques – how to rescue a pal, and how to rescue yourself.

We will provide each learner with a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid. Paddlers are expected to be able to swim 50 metres in the clothes they are wearing.

Please note that if a course has less than 4 people booked on, then it will be cancelled. You will be eligible for a full refund or a space on the next available course with free spaces.

So come along and explore Hampton’s beautiful stretch of the River Thames!