British Canoeing One Star Award (Click here for the course content) for over 14s

PaddlePower Start (for 8 to 14year olds)

Course dates are on the calendar. Each course is enlivened for booking once the previous course has happened, so you can't book way in advance.  

This is the best place for you to start your paddling journey. The One Star course will teach you the skills you need to paddle forwards and steer a boat in a number of different directions using a variety of strokes as well as how to look out for yourself and your companions when out paddling. You will learn how to get in and out of a boat, how to carry and move a boat and how to capsize safely. You will get the opportunity to try out a number of different sorts of boats including Open Canoes, Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddle boards (SUPs)

Each 1* course lasts approximately 10 hours and we offer both weekend, split-weekend and evening courses throughout the spring, summer and early Autumn. One Star courses are aimed at those aged 14 and above. If you are under the age of 14 years, why not join one of our PaddlePower Start courses (3-4 hour sessions, no capsize necessary) and then attend Kids Club on a Sunday morning.

Please ensure that you wear lightweight thermal clothing or wetsuits and lightweight shoes (preferably slip-on). All other equipment is provided.

Ensure you can do all the dates of your course before you book - as we can only provide a refund for medical reasons. 

All participants must feel confident in the water when fully clothed and wearing a buoyancy aid.


The Clubhouse, Cambridge Canoe Club


Adult £40 plus £60 membership subscription
U18/Student/concession £25 plus £35 membership subscription


If you are booking for more than one family member, check if family membership is better value.

Note: Access to the courses requires a valid club membership which can be obtained when you book the course. For further information about club membership please visit

Course dates are available via a separate Web Collect booking system, there are a mixture of evenings (usually Tuesdays 6-8pm for 5 weeks, and weekend/split weekend courses. Click on the button below to check dates and book. 

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Places are limited so booking is essential.

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