We meet every Thursday from May to August at 6pm at the Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre.
New paddlers joining Southbourne Canoe Club who can provide previous evidence of completing at least a BCU Discover (previously known as BCU One Star) will be allowed to paddle freely with the club and will not be required to undertake an introductory session. If you are unable to provide such evidence then you will need to attend and complete a training Session. All those joining courses must be able to swim 50 metres and feel comfortable in the water.
We run a beginners training course (BCU Discover) at the start of the paddle season with the aim to teach you basic paddle and rescue techniques.
We also run a further course (BCU Explore) later in the season with the aim of improving your skill and confidence levels. These are overseen by qualified coaches following BCU guidelines. For the schedule for this season please click on the button below.
Anyone wishing to complete training with the club must first become a member before a booking will be taken. To book on a course use the link below to take you to information about membership and then to our online secure booking system.
BCU Discover Training. (Previously known as BCU 1*)
This course is designed for any ‘beginner’ paddler 12 or more years old (from age 8 will be accepted) and must be the minimum standard for any person who wishes to paddle freely with the club. This course is designed to introduce paddlers to the basic concepts of boat control and safety to enable paddlers to be safe and confident on flat sheltered water. The training will take place on one full day. Usually at the weekend. There is no official assessment session as this will be during the course.
BCU Explore Training. (Previously known as BCU 2*)
This course is for any one who has achieved BCU Discover (Previously known as BCU One Star), or Paddle Power Passport standard. It is designed to introduce more advanced boat control and rescue techniques. We recommend you gain additional practice and experience following completion of the BCU Discover before taking this training.
There is no official assessment session as this will be done during the course.
BCU Discover – £35 + £7 to BCU if certificate required
BCU Explore – £40+ £7 to BCU if certificate required
Places must be paid for before the start of the course, no money no place, and once you have paid for the course, we will not be able to offer refunds if you are unable to attend the course.
Cheques should be made payable to Southbourne Canoe Club.
Please note that all children must be over 8 years old
All participants must be able to swim 50 metres.
If you wish to book a place on any of the training sessions or have any questions about training, Please contact Richard Ballantine, the training officer, from the contact us page for more information.
Details of the new kayaking awards can be found on the BCU website by select the relevant award on the left hand menu.