Pool sessions have now restarted and will run until 27th June 2021. We'll then have a summer break and see you back in September

Booking method is still the same as descibed below and the following new arrangements are in place.

Arrive at the front door ready changed and wearing a face mask just a minute or two before 6pm. Face masks are required in the communal areas and can be removed before getting in the pool.

Scan in using the NHS track and trace App and the QR code poster on the reception desk.

Wait in the left hand side lobby until we are allowed into the pool area at 6pm. This is to enable the pool staff to clear the lane ropes before we enter.

Follow the one way system down the left hand side of the pool, then go right between the pool and the learner pool to where the boats are stored at the far end. Store your personal belongings on the spectator seating. Lockers are no longer available. 

The general guidance below still applies or has been modified for COVID-19 restrictions if applicable

The pool sessions offer an excellent opportunity to improve and learn new skills in the comfort of a heated pool at a time of year when the River Cam is getting increasingly chilly! The pool sessions are for club members only. We are no longer offering temporary pool membership for guests.

The sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities

Paddlers are requested by Abbey Pool to not wear full face swimming masks. These infringe their resuscitation policy


Abbey Pool, Whitehill Road, off Newmarket Road, CB5 8NT


Sessions will continue to be free to club members

Pool Session Times and Dates:

Sunday evenings 6.10pm to 7.10pm starting from mid September until late May. (note the new time from October 2020)

Booking a Session

To reserve a space click on the link below. Highlight the session date you require and make the booking. You will receive a confirmation email.

Booking is on a first come, first served basis, but please remember that if you do book a session and then fail to turn up you are blocking one of the very limited places

There is a strict limit of 15 boats  in the pool at any time (reduced to 8 boats during COVID-19 restriction times) so you must reserve a space in advance. You can pre-book up to 2 sessions per block unless the annoucement email says otherwise. Sessions are usually released for booking in blocks of 4-6 sesssions at a time. There is no waiting list but you can check for cancelled spaces that become free anytime.

Please make every effort to attend if you have booked as spaces are limited. However if you really can't make it then you can cancel your reservation, without penalty at any time. But please don't leave it until the day of the session so that others get a chance to take the place. Do not turn up unless you have received an email confirmation saying that you actually have a space!

U14s must be accompanied by an adult who dosen't need to paddle but must remain at the poolside for the session and take responsibilty for their childs activities and bahaviour. 

Club coaches are welcome to help out any any session without prior arranagement. If you want to help out as a willing helper or aspirant coach then contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We always need help to fill the duty rota! 

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How are the sessions organised?

These sessions are not structured, organised courses. They are an opportunity to practice your paddling in the safe, comfortable environment of a swimming pool. There are always at least two coaches present, and they will usually be happy to help coaching paddlers and answer any questions you have. However, don't expect a full hour of one-on-one coaching, as there will probably also be other people who need help. You will probably get most out of these sessions if you have specific aims for the pool sessions. This could be becoming more comfortable with capsizing, learning or improving your support strokes to avoid capsizing, practicing rescues, or learning to roll. Most likely you will have to do quite a lot of work on support strokes and rescues before you progress to a roll.

If you are learning to roll, it is often useful to have a person in the water to assist you. While a duty coach can do this, it might make sense to learn with a friend or two and take turns helping each other. If you take turns paddling, but only use one boat at a time, you only need to book for one place.

Similarly, parents can enter the water to assist children or help empty their children's boats if they capsize - in fact, this is needed if your child capsizes often!  A coach can show you the best way to do this but after that it's up to you. A parent or nominated carer for U14s must remain at the poolside during the session and take responsibility for their childs activities and behaviour.

We have a selection of boats, paddles, and spraydecks at the pool for you to use. Alternatively, you can bring your own equipment, but if you do so, it must be cleaned thoroughly. This includes the inside of your boat. The duty coach will check that your boat and/or paddle is squeaky clean!

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