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 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 meters and feel comfortable in the water.
We run training course throughout the season with the aim to improving your skill and confidence levels and 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 One Star Assessments
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 course consists of 4 sessions over 4 weeks, there is no official assessment session as this will be during the course.
BCU Two Star Assessments
This course is for any one who has achieved BCU One Star, or Paddler Power Passport standard. It is designed to introduce more advanced boat control and rescue techniques. To complete this course you will also need to experience and be able to confidently use another style of boat (usually an Open Canoe) to a similar standard, which will all be provided during the course, however previous use and practise is strongly advised. The course consists of 5 sessions over 5 weeks, there is no official assessment session as this will be done during the course.
1 Star course – £20 to SCC + £7 to BCU when course complete (plus equipment hire)
2 Star course – £30 to SCC + £7 to BCU when course complete (plus equipment hire)
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
Novices/beginners must attend on the start date and complete a full session.
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 star tests can be found on the BCU website by select the relevant award on the left hand menu.