Chiltern Canoe Club

Courses

Opportunities to learn and improve your paddling skills.

Our Courses

Our courses follow British Canoeing guidelines to give people of all ages and abilities a broad education in paddling. This wide range of competence gives participants confidence to take their canoeing in their preferred direction, whether it’s white water kayaking, expedition canoeing, sea kayak adventures, SUP for leisure and exercise or any of the many other social, recreational or competition disciplines.

Juniors

For more info contact our junior sessions coordinator

Introduction

We run sessions for Junior Paddlers based on the British Canoeing PaddlePower award scheme.  This will suit children from approximately 9 years old, depending on size and strength.

These courses do fill up quickly, but contact the Junior Sessions Coordinator to find out more and join the waiting list if necessary. While on the waiting list you might like to try out kayaking and canoeing at one of our Taster Sessions promoted on our Facebook page.

Course Content

Sessions will be based on the basic principles of safe enjoyable learning, allowing the paddler to both practice the strokes they are being taught, gain self confidence and grow their knowledge in Paddlesport. Our courses are designed to coach juniors through the first two BCU ‘PaddlePower’ Award Schemes ‘Paddlepower Start’ and ‘Paddlepower Passport’.  Paddlepower Start is designed to introduce the junior paddler to the sport of canoeing and provide encouragement to progress to the Paddlepower Passport award. The Paddlepower Passport award takes the junior on a paddle journey through 4 levels of progressive paddling allowing the paddler to gain basic skills and knowledge in the founding strokes and sport of canoeing.  Each award is backed by a Paddlepower booklet where the progress and achievements of the paddler can be noted and when complete presented with a certificate of achievement (the booklet is an additional cost paid to the BCU and includes the certificate when complete).

Times & Location

Location of Junior Sessions:
Sportspace Tring Swimming Pool, Mortimer Hill

Timings
5:00 to 6:00 pm
6:15 to 7:15 pm

Adult Beginners

For more info contact our adult coach

Introduction

We run fun, friendly sessions for adults who are taking their first paddle strokes or who have enjoyed kayaking or canoeing on holiday and want to try more and develop new skills.

Content

Adult courses are based around the British Canoeing syllabus’.

  • For the 1 Star award you will be able to uses basic strokes to maneuver a kayak or canoe, get in and out safely and complete a journey of approx. 1 hour.
  • For the 2 Star award you will be skilled and confident paddling kayak AND canoe over journeys of approx. 2 hours, maneuvering the craft competently and efficiently. You will take responsibility for your own safety and be able to assist others in the event of a capsize.

We also run social paddling sessions in sheltered water environments aimed at beginner paddlers – but all are welcome – and there are occasional pool sessions to boost your confidence in a kayak for those more dynamic paddle strokes.

Time & Location

Courses are held on Saturday mornings from 9-10pm on Saturday mornings during term time.  Most sessions take place on the canal at Bulbourne with two pool sessions each term.

Adult Advanced

For more info contact

Introduction

These session are to support paddlers with more competent paddling strokes and boat control. It encourages individual practice and development with some formal coaching. Sessions start with some free practice time to warm up, practice some strokes or have a chat. Then for about 30 mins the session leader will run an activity be based on stroke development, rescues, rolling practice but could involve polo practice or some games.

Previous Experience

The group consists of people with a wide range of paddling experience and ability. It is desirable that paddlers have their own equipment and transport to get it to the pool. However we have a flexible view on this so please discuss your experience with us as we don’t like to turn anyone away.  If you have lots of experience hopefully you will be able to pass some of this on, as this is the main way we develop paddling skills in the group.

Equipment

The club has only limited equipment of its own so it is important that each person brings a boat, paddle and spraydeck each week. If you are short of any item of equipment please discuss it with us as we have access to various spare items, including boats, so a short term loan is a possibility.

Summary

To paddle at Green Park pool with Chiltern Canoe Club you will need:

  • Boat, Paddle, Spraydeck
  • Roof rack/ transport to pool
  • To have paid pool fees
  • To be able to swim two lengths of the pool
  • To bring some enthusiasm and humour
  • Be a member of CCC and BC
Times & Location

These sessions take place Sunday mornings from 8am to 9am at Green Park Activity Centre.

Locations

Use the map to find your way to the locations we use most frequently for courses and social paddling.

Grand Junction Arms

We have a canal side base near the Grand Junction Arms, Bulbourne where we are lucky enough to have a long stretch of the Grand Union Canal with no locks to portage.

More Info

Green Park Centre

We use the pool at ALF Villages Green Park Centre  for some of our pool sessions.

Tring Sports Centre

We run adult and junior sessions at Sportspace Tring.

Weston Turville Resevoir

We have restricted access to the Western Turville Reservoir thanks to an agreement with the Canal and River Trust and Natural England.

Newground Road

We sometimes start our Grand Union Canal trips from the canal bridge on Newground Road.

CHILTERN CANOE CLUB

Paddling for all ages in the Chilterns.