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).
One day beginners kayaking training
BCU Discover Course.
Suitable for beginners (Previously known as BCU 1*)
Next training course Spring/Summer 2021
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.
The course will run from Iford in Christchurch at around 9am and will finish further along the river in Wick around 4pm. We will provide you with a boat, paddle and buoyancy aid.
To book Your place, you will firstly need to go to our membership section to sign up as a Southbourne Canoe Club member. Once you have paid your membership subscription, you will be able to go back into our booking system, and the BCU Discover course will appear for you to book onto.
BCU Explore Training – Improvers kayaking course
(Previously known as BCU 2*)
We hope to offer this course in June 2021.
Course fee £55 plus usual club membership fees.
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 reserve the right to postpone or cancel the course in the event of bad weather, lack of interest or due to a change in government Covid restrictions, for which refunds will be given.
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