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We understand that many new members will not have the confidence or experience to paddle at a general club session and would prefer to attend one of our club run introductory courses.

These courses run every second Sunday of the Month at our base at Liverpool Docks. They typically last a couple of hours and our expeirenced coaches will guide you through your fist few hours with us and cover all the skills required to give you the confidence to attend a club session and paddle with others to further develop your sills.

The course includes the selection and adjustment of the right boat and equipment for you. We have over 100 different canoes and kayaks for you to choose from. We will show you how to get on and off the water and how to paddle and turn the boat. The introductory session may include a short trip or a chance to try many of the different canoes and kayaks on our racks.

Syllabus for LCC paddle start......

Paddlers are encouraged to book and attend the Monday pool session (9-10pm) to practise some of the wet skills in a warm and safe environment.

Physical skills

  • Warm up 
  • Boat checks
  • Lift, carry, launch
  • Forward paddling
  • Steering and control
  • Stopping the boat
  • Getting in and out of boats
  • Possible Journey of 1 hour
  • Emptying boats


  • Environment
  • Safety
  • Equipment
  • Possible risk of kayaking
  • Basic group awareness

Coaching notes: Physical skills

  • Warm up: Why do we warm up? The warm up should be run by the coach. The use of warm up games such as shopping for breakfast.
  • Boat checks: Introduce checking over your boat, looking at foot rest, back rest, is the boat in good working order?
  • Lift, carry, and launch:  Correct lifting method, straight back, lifting with knees not with back. Safe launching methods, talk about possible damage to the environment.
  • Forward paddling: introduce the fundamentals of forward paddling, active posture, kinesthetic (feel), connectivity, power transfer (rotation). Basic forward paddling, doesn’t have to be efficient
  • Steering and control: Sweep strokes as the turning stroke, Stern rudder as the steering stroke. Talking about active posture and keeping arm straight is more efficient.
  • Stopping boat: should be able to show the beginnings of stopping the boat in 3 strokes.
  • Getting in and out of boats: safely getting out of boats at the end of session making sure boats are pulled up and are safe.
  • Possible Journey of 1 hour: Complete a journey of 1 hour around the docks
  • Emptying boats: safely emptying boats of water, straight back bend knees.

Albert Dock

Our compound at Coburg Dock



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Your first time on the water ‘having a go’! A
fun and enjoyable practical session,
introducing you to paddlesport.
Learning useful skills for an enjoyable
paddling experience, providing you with the
knowledge to enable you to get safely in and
out of your boat, making it move and return to
your start point, ensuring you feel safe and
confident on the water.

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