Courses for people who haven’t yet joined the club 

 Note: That the courses for 2022 are now full.  

An important part of Hampton Canoe Club’s 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 qualifications that will allow them to paddle when and where they like on placid waters.

We only run courses for adults.  If you are after children’s courses you could try Surrey Canoe Club or Albany Outdoors in Kingston.

Our Hampton Paddler courses provide you with the essential skills to become a basic adult paddler and is the required minimum standard if you are planning to join the club. You will also receive the British Canoeing Paddle Discover qualification.

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 will 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.

The courses run for 2 days from 10:00 to 16:00 for £170 per person which includes;
– two days of coaching
– hire of a boat, paddle and buoyancy aid
– assessment for Hampton Paddler and British Canoeing Paddle Discover awards
– tea/coffee and biscuits
– membership to March 2023

Prerequisite: Candidates should be water confident and ideally should be able to swim 50 metres; this is desirable but not essential.

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.

The full syllabus for the course is attached here.

The risk assessment for the course is here.

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

The courses are led by British Canoeing qualified coaches who volunteer their time, and all money raised from courses goes to the club

Hampton Paddler Course Dates

To register interest in a course please contact :

Kayak and canoe courses

We run Hampton Kayaker+ and Hampton Canoeist+ courses to further develop the skills of club members to a level similar to that of the old British Canoeing Two Star qualification. Somebody who is a Hampton Kayaker+ or Hampton Canoeist+ will be a real asset on our trips, though they’ll not be an unsinkable superhero.

The courses cost £60 each and cover a weekend of training and a further day of assessment, including tea/coffee, biscuits and boat hire.

Dates will be advertised via email to club members.

The syllabus for Hampton Kayaker+ is attached here

The syllabus for Hampton Canoeist+ is attached here

SUP courses

Before using a SUP, members need to have completed a SUP training course that has been provided by a qualified SUP instructor and that includes self-rescue, rescuing others, and being rescued. These courses will be run regularly if there is sufficient demand.