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Use the booking form to check dates and availability and to book a place on our monthly course for beginners.

If you have little or no paddling experience you can attend one of our courses for beginners which provide an introduction to canoeing and kayaking and are aimed to a BCU One Star award on completion.

These are run monthly (normally starting on the first Tuesday of the month) over four consecutive Tuesday evenings. The course fee varies seasonally and is payable on booking. The fee is not refundable and no credits will be given for missed sessions.

You will need to book a place in advance for all courses.

You must be over 18 and able to swim 50 metres wearing a buoyancy aid.

Please come along to the club at 6.30 pm with appropriate clothes. You will get wet so bring a change of clothes and a towel. On completing the course you may join the club (see below for membership details).

Experienced paddlers

If you are an experienced paddler you can come along for a trial session to see if you like the club. Trial sessions cost £7.50 per week and you must join the club after three trial sessions if you want to continue to paddle with us.

As an experienced paddler you can come along on any Tuesday night. Please arrive at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm on the water.

If you would like to meet us before coming along to a trial session then please join us upstairs in the Prospect of Whitby pub (next to Shadwell Basin) from 9:00 pm where we socialise after paddling (if you can't find us just ask the friendly bar staff or look for people carrying paddles).


Annual membership of the club costs £50 (£30 unwaged). There is also an annual fee of £50 which covers use of the basin facilities and use of kit for all Tuesdays, Thursdays and any weekend trips. This fee also covers access to the pool on a Tuesday.

To apply for membership of the club please submit an online application and confirm this by paying your subscription to the treasurer.

Online applications are preferred as they ease our administration, but if you cannot use the online application form then a paper membership form is available to download. This should be filled in and given to the club treasurer or secretary.

Note that this club is run by the members, for the members. As such, members should be happy to give, at least, one evening a year to helping with the running of the club.

Members' Handbook

New club members should take time to familiarise themselves with the Members’ Handbook. This sets out the club rules and the standard of conduct that is required from members.