Induction for beginners

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The Beginners' Course takes place over four consecutive Tuesday evenings, starting on the first Tuesday of each month. Dates and availability are available from the online booking form.

The overall plan for the four Tuesday evenings is something like this:

1 General introduction to the club, the kit and getting your kayak to go where you want it to go.

We end the evening with a capsize drill, so be prepared to get very wet.

2 An overview of different types of canoes and kayaks, with a chance to try as many different types as we can fit into the evening. You should be able to try a sea kayak, an open canoe, a play boat and different types of kayak.
3 A bit of discussion about theory and back into the kayaks for more detailed instruction on getting these things to do what you want them to do.
4 One of our senior coaches will assess the whole group - taking everyone through everything covered in the previous three weeks (including another capsize drill).

This assessment should lead to you being awarded your BCU One Star.

The course is based around the BCU One Star Syllabus (copies will be available) but we also aim for a game or two.

We will provide the boats, the paddles, buoyancy aids and a lightweight cagoule (mainly to keep the wind off - not to keep you dry).

Please review the What you need to bring on your first visit page.

Meet on Tuesday night at Shadwell Basin between 18.30 and 18:45.