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Our taster sessions and intro courses are an excellent way to get way to get in to canoeing. They’re open to everyone from eight years old to eighty years young and you don’t need any previous canoeing experience, specialist kit or skills!

If you’ve been canoeing before, the taster sessions are also a great opportunity to find out what Trentham Canoe Club has to offer. Perhaps it’s been a while since you were last out on the water, or maybe you want to share your passion and introduce family and friends to the sport.

Whatever your motivation, our taster sessions and intro courses provide an ideal opportunity to get out on the water and get paddling.

You can see whether you like canoeing by having up to four taster sessions. These are run by experienced coaches who will teach you the basic principles and techniques of canoeing. We’ll provide a boat and all safety equipment – you just need a towel and change of clothing.

​Taster sessions cost £7 (adult/juniors) and must be booked in advance to ensure suitable coaching coverage is available. Please e-mail info@trenthamcanoeclub.co.uk to find out more.

Our intro courses offer the opportunity to try several different disciplines of canoeing. These typically run on our Monday Club Nights over five sessions of around 2 hours each and cover:

  • Recreational (plastic) general purpose kayaks
  • Open Canoes
  • Racing kayaks
  • Recreational (plastic) general purpose kayaks
  • Canoe Polo

This course gives a general introduction to all aspects of canoeing with emphasis on safe, enjoyable, coach guided sessions allowing participants to better choose their preferred route into canoeing.

​Intro courses cost £85 (adult/juniors) and must be booked in advance to ensure suitable coaching coverage is available. Please e-mail info@trenthamcanoeclub.co.uk to find out more. On completion you will also be eligible for hugely discounted club membership!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have canoed before?
Our taster sessions and intro courses are suitable for absolute beginners and you don’t need any canoeing experience – just come along and have a go.

How long do the sessions last?
You’ll spend a bit of time on land whilst we find you the right boat, paddle and safety equipment. For our taster sessions expect to be on the water for approximately 60-90 minutes depending on how you get on; our intro courses last for around 2 hours each session.

What should I wear?
Bring comfortable warm clothing, such as tracksuit bottoms (no jeans) and layered tops and a pair of old shoes which you don’t mind getting wet. Check the weather before leaving the house to ensure you take clothing to suit the conditions. If it is sunny, don’t forget to wear sun cream and a hat as the reflection of the sun off the water can be strong.

What else should I take with me?
You should take a change of clothing along with a towel. 

Will there be other people on the water at the same time?
Quite possibly, yes. We’re a busy club but there’s no need to worry as your coach will provide the appropriate supervision and guidance and you will not be left on the water alone.

What can I expect in the session?
The aim of our taster sessions and intro courses is to teach you the basic principles and techniques of canoeing whilst providing you with a fun canoeing experience in a safe environment. You may also have the opportunity to try different boats and discover what canoeing has to offer.

Can I turn up on the day without booking?
Unfortunately not. We need to ensure we have enough coaches available so please get in touch in advance if you want to join one of our taster sessions or intro courses.

Will there be equipment for me to use?
Yes, all safety equipment, paddles and canoe/kayaks will be provided. You will however, need to take appropriate clothing, see ‘what should I wear?’ for more information.

Will there be changing facilities and toilets?
Yes, we have single-sex changing rooms with private shower facilities and toilets all available in our club house.

What is the minimum age?
Our taster sessions and intro courses are suitable for those aged eight years and over.