Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are sorry to announce that we have been advised to cancel all paddles and training until further notice
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 British Canoeing 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 BC 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 club member before a booking will be accepted. To book on a course use the link below to take you to information about membership subscriptions and then to our online secure booking system (Webcollect).
BCU Discover Course.
Kayaking Training suitable for beginners
(Previously known as BCU 1*)
Starts Thursday 14th May 2020 –
(Postponed due to Coronavirus Outbreak)
Over 4 consecutive Thursday evenings until 4th June 2020. From 6:30pm-8:00pm approx. You must attend all 4 sessions to complete the course.
Course fee £45 (including kit hire & certificate fee), plus standard club membership costs.
Booking opens 1st March 2020. Strictly limited places available
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. There is no official assessment session as this will be during the course.
BCU Explore Training – Improvers kayaking course
(Previously known as BCU 2*)
S tarts Thursday 4th June for 5 consecutive weeks.
(Postponed due to Coronavirus)
This training takes place over 5 consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to approx. 8:00pm starting from 4th June 2020 – until 2nd July 2020 inclusive. You must attend all sessions to complete the course.
Course fee £55 plus usual club membership fees. Booking opens 1st March 2020. Strictly limited number of places available.
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 – £45
BCU Explore – £55
All places must be booked and paid for before the start of the course. We cannot confirm your booking until your payment has been received. We regret that we will not be able to offer refunds if you are unable to attend the course.
We prefer payment to be made by credit card or Paypal using our online booking system. If you can only pay by cheque, these should be made payable to Southbourne Canoe Club, and posted to Hengistbury Head Centre (FAO Southbourne Canoe Club). Your place on the course cannot be confirmed until the payment has cleared.
Please note that the minimum age to join the training is 8 years old
All participants must be able to swim 50 metres.
If you have any questions about training, Please contact Richard Ballantine, the training officer, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of the new kayaking awards can be found on the BC Go Paddling website Go Paddling British Canoeing Awards