All plans for courses in 2020 have been suspended due to COVID-19. This will be reviewed once restriction on river use has been lifted.

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  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 2020.

These 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 £120 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




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.

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


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