Canoe and kayak courses, coaching and training in London
All the canoe clubs in London provide canoe and kayak courses to beginners who want to learn more about canoeing and kayaking. Many clubs run introductory canoe courses and lessons that are ideal for those new to the sport. The clubs are usually very good value for money and are generally run by volunteers who are passionate about their sport.
Canoe and kayak courses for beginners may be limited to certain dates or times of the year, such as the summer months when the weather is warmer.
Canoe coaches may be qualified coaches who have been certified by the British Canoeing, or they may simply be experienced kayakers, who are happy to share their experience and enthusiasm for kayaking and canoeing.
Several commercial operators also provide canoe and kayak courses in London. These are more expensive, but may be the better choice if you need canoe lessons in a hurry, or if you cannot get to club sessions.
Commercial canoe and kayak courses in London are available from:
Canoe and kayak courses outside London
Across the UK there are plenty of experienced canoe coaches offering excellent training. These are men and women who love to paddle, and they are eager to share their enthusiasm. Check out the links below, to see what is on offer.
Andy Turton Canoe coaching and guiding in UK and Europe
Art of Adventure Canoe coaching and guiding in the west country
Clearwater Paddling Guided sea kayaking tours based on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides
Escape to Adventure Canoe training and kayaking trips with Andy Holt
Fluid Skills UK and French Alp based canoe coaching, guiding and first aid courses
FlowFree Kayak coaching and river guiding, with female specific courses
Gene 17 Kayak training for all levels, in many locations
Getafix.com 1st aid courses, kayak and canoe coaching
Glenmoor Lodge Kayak courses and guided canoe tours in the heart of Scotland’s Cairngorm National Park
Isle of Wight Sea Kayaking Coaching and touring, based on the Isle of Wight.
Ken Hughes Courses Coaching in NE England
Liquid Logistics Based in the heart of The New Forest, coaching, courses and paddling trips.
Plas Y Brenin A wide range of kayak and canoe coaching available in North Wales
Plas Menai Kayak and canoe coaching on the North Wales coast
Tom Parker Coaching Coaching and guiding in UK and Europe
Ty Nant Outdoors Sea Kayaking, canoe and whitewater kayaking, trips and expeditions
Wild River Kayak coaching and guiding in the Lake District
British Canoeing Tests and Awards
British Canoeing is the lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK and is the umbrella organisation for Canoe England, Canoe Wales, the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland and the Scottish Canoeing Association.
British Canoeing has established a series of tests and awards to help paddlers develop their skills, in both recreational and competitive canoe and kayak sports. British Canoeing has also established a coaching pathway which provides amateur and professional canoe coaches with the skills required to teach canoeing and kayaking at all levels.
For more information please see the British Canoeing website.
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