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Courses

What happens on a Tuesday evening?
Typically, we'll have a training group working on each of the BCU 1, 2 and 3 Star awards on Shadwell Basin, a group or two out for a paddle on the Thames to Greenwich or Waterloo, depending on tides, a pool session (in winter), sometimes we have formal polo sessions and often open boat sessions.
Do you offer private courses?
No. Our coaches are volunteer club members who give their time on a Tuesday night for the simple fun of meeting new people and passing on their love of paddling. If you need something more specific have a look at the list of commercial coaches on our links page: linkpage
Do you offer courses for groups?
No. We have a high demand for our beginners' courses and it would be unfair to allow block booking.
I have paddled before do I need to do the beginners' course?
Our beginners' course will get you to the BCU One Star level. If you already have higher level BCU or overseas awards or have paddled to a higher level than this then there is no need to do the beginners' course. If you paddled a few times in school or did the BCU One Star award years ago then it is probably worth doing the course.
I want to book a beginners course but the date is not open yet on the booking form, can I reserve it with you in advance?
No, please wait until the course you want is available. The booking page gives an indication of when this will be.

Club Facilities

What kit do you provide?
We have boats of a variety of different types, paddles, buoyancy aids, spray decks and waterproof paddling tops ('cags'). We aim to provide basic to intermediate level kit so that members can try most aspects of paddlesport with club kit but as they get more specialised we encourage them to buy their own.
Can I store my boat at the club?
We have limited boat storage and we prioritise the space for club boats. There is some space for members' boats and these are offered at the discretion of the committee to active members at a rate of £100 p.a.

River Thames

Can I paddle on the River Thames?
Club members with the BCU Three Star Award, or an equivalent overseas qualification, can paddle on the Thames in a group of no less than three. If you have done your BCU Two Star award in the club there will be opportunities to go out on the Thames buddied up with a Three Star paddler.
Do you have information about possible put-ins, get-outs, landing spots etc on the Thames Tideway?
Yes. One of our members has put together a guide to the Tideway (and other coastal locations in the area) and this is available on our web site: SeaAccess
Where can I find future tidal predictions for the Thames Tideway?
The PLA publishes tide data up to a year in advance on the leisure section of their web site: [1]