Booking for courses is available one month before the course day and place go very quickly. If you want to do a course to become a member you may need to wait until there is course availablity. Purchase a membership subscription at the same time as booking a Beginner's course and not before.

Our beginner kayak courses are for adult new members and those aged 14 or above .  We offer Kids Start Award courses for 8-14 year olds.

Booking will be available through Webcollect (see below) approximately 4 weeks before the start date, or once sufficient coaches have volunteered. Exact timings will be confirmed at this time.  

Our beginner kayak courses will teach you the skills you need to paddle forwards and steer a boat in a number of different directions 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. You may get the opportunity to try out a number of different sorts of boats including kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs)

Courses take place on the beautiful River Cam and last approximately 7.5 hours.  We offer both Saturday and evening courses throughout the Spring, Summer and early Autumn. Courses are all run by volunteer club members who enjoy helping others to paddle as well as themselves.

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

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

Please note NO REFUNDS (except on medical grounds).

Venue: The Clubhouse, Cambridge Canoe Club

Adult £135 includes 1 yr free membership subscription
U18/Student/concession £75 includes 1 yr free membership subscription

For further information about club membership please visit

Course dates are available in the club calendar and can be booked through Webcollect (found under Members) or by clicking the button below. 

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Places are limited so booking is essential.

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