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 £70 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 last course of the year will run from Saturday 9th September to Saturday 7th October.

Course dates & times:

Saturday 9th September, 12.30-c.3pm (this session is earlier because of the Great River Race)

Saturday afternoons 16th, 23rd, 30th September and 7th October, 1.30pm-c.4pm

Tuesday evenings 12th, 19th, 26th September and 3rd October, 7 – 8.30pm, indoor technique session

Booking for this course will open on 1st September. To book a place on this course please send in the attached booking form to lovekayaking@googlemail.com. We will contact you to confirm that you have a place and to send payment and course details. Bookings will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. You can access the booking form by clicking here BOOKING FORM. Please note that if you have already sent a booking form in before booking opened this will not have booked you a place. You need to send in your form on or after 1st September to book a place on this course. Bookings will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis, and we usually book up on the day that bookings open.

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. 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 about our courses in 2018, please email lovekayaking@googlemail.com. Or you can always come down to the club for a chat – Saturdays are best, around lunchtime. If you can’t make this course have previous kayaking experience in a different kayaking discipline, or are active in another sport, we may still be able to get you on the water over the winter months, again the best thing to do is come down to the club for a chat at lunchtime on a Saturday.