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Adult Novice Groups

Richmond Canoe Club is a flat-water racing kayaking and canoeing club. We train 52 weeks of the year, in all weathers, and there are races of some description at least once every month through the year.

All paddlers are expected and encouraged to race regularly. Marathon races take place in 9 divisions, ranging from beginner-level to international standard, so every paddler can find an appropriate level of competition. Taking part in races is not only great fun, but essential for paddlers if they are to improve boat skills.

Regular paddling at Richmond takes the form of participation in training groups (all year round, primarily on Saturdays, and on other days too as you improve) and the regular Club time trials (4.5k on Monday evenings and 10k on Wednesday evenings April to September.) Kayak racing not only requires skill and technique, but also good all-round fitness. In order to advance through the racing divisions we encourage paddlers to expand their training to include running, core-strengthening gym exercises and kayak ergo.

Previous experience and high levels of fitness are not required when novices join Richmond Canoe Club.  Enthusiasm and commitment to paddling, and to the club, conquers all. To progress in racing you should plan to commit to at least two sessions a week of paddling, plus land-based training.

We all know that life can be demanding, being stretched in different directions, but if you are willing to commit regular time to Richmond Canoe Club, we will help you improve your fitness and strength, teach you the art of kayaking, incorporate you into the wonderful social side of RCC and take you to some of the most rewarding and exhilarating events of you life – sprint and marathon kayak races!

To start paddling and racing at Richmond Canoe Club

We run five Adult Introduction to Racing Courses between April and October. Each course comprises five on-the-water sessions and four indoor technique sessions in the gym and on the paddle machines. The course provides an introduction to the sport of racing kayaking and to Richmond Canoe Club. It’s suitable for complete beginners and those who’ve had some paddling experience in other types of kayak (eg white water). The course costs £75 and more details can be found if you click on Introduction to Racing Kayaking Course.
If you’re interested in finding out more please come down to the canoe club on any Saturday afternoon at c.4.15pm and you can chat to our coaches and current novices to get a better idea of whether the sport, and Richmond Canoe Club, is right for you.

Please also read the details of the course by clicking here to find out more.

Our third course of the year is full. Dates for our next course are given below

Course dates & times:

Saturday afternoons 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August, 1.30pm-c.4pm

Sunday afternoon 19th August, 1.30-4pm

Tuesday evenings 31st July and 7th, 14th and 21st August, 7 – 8.30pm, indoor technique session

Booking for this course will open on Monday 16th July. To book a place on this course please go to https://webcollect.org.uk/richmondcanoeclub. You’ll see details under Upcoming Events. Bookings will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis, so we recommend you book as early as you can, but please note you will not be able to book before 11th June.

You should aim to make all sessions of the course, to get maximum benefit and to make that you have reached the standard of paddling needed to join the club at the end of the course (this isn’t about being super fit, but about being safe on the water.) If you can’t attend either of the first two Saturdays please do not sign up to this course, as you will miss essential safety elements of the course.

We will be running one more courses this year. Dates for this are:

Course 5: Sat 1st Sept, Tues 4th Sept, Sat 8th Sept, Tues 11th Sept, Sat 15th Sept, Tues 18th Sept, Sat 22nd Sept, Tues 25th Sept, Sat 29th Sept. Booking opens Monday 13th August.

We ask that anyone interested in coming on one of our courses first comes down to the club to speak to one of our coaches and find out what racing kayaking is all about. You can come down any Saturday at 4.30pm, when we’ll have got off the water from our novice sessions so you can talk to our coaches and also chat people who are currently on one of our courses or have recently graduated and joined the club. You’re welcome to come down to the club at other times of the week, but we can’t guarantee that there’ll be a coach to talk to.

The course is an introduction to racing kayaking. If you are more interested in recreational paddling, or in specific disciplines such as white water or sea kayaking, we suggest you look on the Canoe England website www.canoe-england.org.uk/ findaclub.aspx, where you can find details of other clubs in the area that focus on different aspects of the sport.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be alerted when the dates of later courses are published, please email lovekayaking@googlemail.com. Or again you can always come down to the club for a chat – Saturdays are best, around 4.30pm.