Have fun learning and getting to grips with all the basic skills for starting out in paddlesport.  Once you are signed up you can attend whichever sessions you want and pay as you go. Ideal for ages 8 to 13.

Beginners THURSDAYS - (Ducklings) - Arrive 3.45pm, session will run 4pm to 5.30pm.

Participants will begin by following the Paddle Award scheme, specially adapted for younger learners. Children can track their development with a log sheet as they work their way through the activities to achieve the Start & Discover awards in the Duckling (beginner) sessions.  

After 6 weeks your Duckling will probably be ready for the Cygnets club - however they can remain a duckling for as long as they want if they are happy!  If you are looking for our Cygnets intermediate club, please click here

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Booking and Payment for Ducklings:

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Pay as you go - Pay online to sign up and attend the 1st ducklings session.  (£9)

You can book and pay online week by week or book the whole block in one go.

When children pass a level (Start, Discover, Explore) they can register to get a certificate.  Start certificates are free, but Discover is £6 and Explore is £8 each.  These are optional but can be paid for when you receive the email from British Canoeing to say your child has passed.


When your child moves up to Cygnets the fee is £10, and it is a 2 hour session on a Wednesday.  To book for Cygnets click here

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Maximum group size


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Previous experience

No experience is needed for ducklings, just an enthusiasm to try something new!

Cygnets need to have some basic boat handling skills in both canoe and kayak - we recommend coming to a ducklings session first!

Typical session structure

Ducklings will go out and do a variety of basic skills, working through a syllabus to get some boat handling techniques and having lots of fun while they are at it!  90 minute sessions.
Cygnets will also be having lots of fun, building on their already acquired skills to get even better and have adventures.  2 hour sessions to enable the group to move away from the centre on journeys.

What to wear

Dress for the weather, include shoes you can get wet.  Don't forget a full change of clothes for afterwards!

Book online

The calendar below shows the availability and details of your chosen course sessions. Click a session to find out more, or click "Book now" to start your booking.

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Colour key

  • Green = Good availability
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  • Orange = Almost gone
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  • Red = Sold out