We run flatwater racing training throughout the year.

There are three main training groups covering Div 1-3 paddlers, Div 4-7 and Div 8-9 paddlers. If numbers allow, these can be broken down further or combined.

Upcoming Events

BCCC Introduction to Kayak Racing @ Canal Centre
Jun 29 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Come join us at the Basingstoke Canal Canoe club for our introduction to Kayaking racing course. This fun introduction to getting on the water in a kayak is based on the new British Canoeing Start syllabus will give you a good understanding of how to use a kayak effectively, and give you a good base to build on. You experience coaching, lots of games, and just enjoying the environment of the Canal.

Please note, places are limited. You need to be a member to join our courses. This provides you with insurance to use the boats and allows you to take part in our other training, trips and events throughout the year. These costs are (in addition to the course costs):

£59 – Individual / Junior (if you are over 18 and not a member of British Canoeing, you will be charged an additional £5 surcharge)

£118.50 – Family (includes 2 adults and unlimited children living at the same address)

When you sign up to the course we’ll send you a registration form requesting more information from you. If you aren’t a member we will also send you a membership form.

PLEASE NOTE – our courses fill up quickly and places are in short supply. If you choose to cancel the course we will only refund your fee if we are able to find a replacement participant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What Kit do I need to bring?

A. You need to have clothes that you are happy to get wet – swimming shorts, a thermal (or polyester T shirt) and old trainers / wetsuit boots. Its best to avoid cotton as it get’s heavy when wet. We can provide cags, and buoyancy aids.

Q. What type of paddle sport will I do?

A. Beginners will have the opportunity to specify a preference to complete the paddle power passport qualification in either a racing or recreational kayak.

Q. Why do I need to be a member to take part?

A. Insurance – in order to take part you need 3rd party insurance which the club provides through it’s British Canoeing affiliation.

Q. Do I have to be present while my child is on the water?

A. Yes. We have comfortable waiting facilities for parents where you can get a drink and a biscuit. It’s important you remain on site in case there are issues which lead to the session being ended early.

Q. What are the benefits of being a member?

A. When you meet the club’s minimum proficiency standard in a type of boat you get access to the club’s extensive range of boats and equipment – for free, during club sessions. For insurance purposes, if you wish to use a boat outside a club session you will need British Canoeing membership to ensure you are insured. Our boat usage policy is available on our website. See our website for more details on the benefits of membership

Q. What do I do after the course has ended?

A. The club has a number of training sessions that run throughout the week, as well as trips. One of the clubs specialist subjects is racing paddling and there are sessions Saturday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. These run all year round, except when there is ice on the canal!

Q. Can I get food at the club on course nights?

A. There is no provision for meals at the club at the moment. However there are good tea and coffee making facilities and a dry, warm room to wait in. The club also has new spacious male / female changing rooms

Q. I’d like to complete a course while my child is paddling – is this possible?

A. Yes – you can join them on the Start course as it’s mixed age.

Thames Valley Hasler Circuit Race
Jul 7 all-day

The race is a circuit, based on the river Thames alongside Thames Valley Country Park, Reading Race course Div 1–3: 2 loops (varying in length), 19.5 km, 3 portages Div 4–6: 1 loop, 13.0 km, 2 portages Div 7–9: 1 loop, 6.5 km, 0 portages Lightnings/Hody: 1 loop, 2.5 km, 0 portages The river is wide at this point, the current varying depending on weather conditions. Other river users can include other non- motorised crafts as well as motor boats and barges. Shoes and spray decks are desirable but the responsibility of racers. Changing rooms are available and need to be accessed from the rear door of the building. Toilets will be available on the park.

National Canoe Marathon Championships. Norwich
Aug 10 – Aug 11 all-day
Longridge Hasler
Aug 24 all-day

The race will be part of the 2018/2019 racing season. It is run on the River Thames near Marlow and depending on river conditions, is suitable for paddlers of all abilities. It is a ‘standard’ Hasler race with laps of approximately 6 kms. Divisions 1-3 will do 3 laps and 3 beach portages, Divisions 4-6 will do 2 laps and 2 portages and Divisions 7-9 will do 1 lap and no portages. Lightnings and Hody races will consist of a partial lap and no portages.

Pangbourne Hasler
Sep 8 all-day

A circuit race on the River Thames between Whitchurch and Mapledurham Locks. Portage is a beach and bank run Suitable for all levels .

Henley Hasler
Sep 15 all-day

Race for Divisions 1-10 and Lightning on the River Thames. For Div 1-6 the portage is at Hambleden Lock. The race is suitable for all competitors, advise using spray decks in windy conditions, the Henley reach can become choppy.

Hasler Final Southampton
Sep 28 all-day
Banbury Hasler
Oct 27 all-day
A typical canal race situated on the Oxford Canal that can be winding andshallow in parts. Suitable for all abilities and ages. Div 1-3. 14 portages. Div 4-6. 6 portages. Div 7-10. 2 portages. Lightnings. No portages. We advise suitable footwear when portaging. Divisions 7 / 8, 9 and 10 portage. Assistance can be offered at the portage for the U13’s. The paddler must hold the front of the boat and the paddle unless it is in the boat. The assister must not put the boat into the water or offer any assistance that will be deemed to be unfair. Note that the water under the motorway bridge 200 yards north of the 1st portage can get a little choppy. Please ensure the rules of the road are followed here. Lower division paddlers please note this. The start will be ½ mile north of the car park starting just past the Hennef Way Bridge and finish at the bridge here at race HQ. Please note that it is important that divisons 1-6 get on the water first. Divisions 7, 8 and 9 must wait until all the higher divisions are on the water to avoid congestion at the pre-starts. There will be pre-start marshals that bring each race up to the start. Please pay attention to their instructions. Please ensure that you are around the start area in good time as it can get congested. Divisions 1-3. Turn 40 yards north of Bridge 147. This has a nice wide turning area. 14 portages in total. Divisions 4-6. Turn just south of Cropedy village. There will be a Canadian canoe or similar marshalling here. Divisions 7-10. Turn just south of Bourton Lock. There will be a marshal on the bank and it is important that the nose of your boat goes past the marshal. Note that this is a very tight turn and our apologies for this. Start list to be given on the day with some divisions split between odds and evens. Directions to race. Follow signs to Castle Quay Shopping Centre car parks and then for Canoe Race. Note: We have exclusive use of the car park area where we hold the event. Please do not park in the Coach Park behind the Garden Centre or on the road as this will incur a parking fine. There is plenty of parking available in the other car parks if the event area is full. We will try to accommodate trailers in the event area and if necessary double park.
10th Charles Hicks Challenge @ Canal Centre
Nov 3 all-day

Put the date in your diary.  Details to follow.

Training Sessions

The regular training sessions take place on Tuesday, Thursday and on Saturday. On the water times for these training sessions are:

  • Tuesdays 6 PM
  • Thursdays 6 PM
  • Saturdays 9:30 AM

In addition, there are other less formal sessions for those who just want to enjoy a paddle on the Basingstoke Canal. One takes place at the Canal Centre on Tuesdays from 9.30am in touring kayaks and open canoes; the other takes place on Thursdays at 9.30am at Crookham Wharf.

Training Schedule. There is a detailed daily training schedule for the formal training sessions where the programme for each session can be found covering the winter or the summer months. The schedule covers the three main training groups with the highest volume for the Div 1-3 group, less volume for the Div 4-7 group and the least volume for the Div 8-9 group. Our detailed training schedule for 2018 can be found here.

Introduction to Flat Water Racing Courses

We welcome new members with an interest in flat water racing. Three courses are held each year in May, June and July, each comprising of two hour sessions over four consecutive Saturday mornings. Sessions start after training at 11 AM at the Canal Centre, Mytchett. These courses are designed to teach you the skills and techniques applicable to flat water and to develop your confidence in a flat water racing kayak. We currently have no further courses scheduled for 2018.

They are open to both members and non-members. These courses are suited to those with no previous canoeing experience and to those who have experienced a Paddlepower Passport course and who would like to move on to flat water racing. (NB. Please pre-book for these courses as numbers are limited and they may be cancelled if there are no bookings.)

These courses are free to club members and £30 to non-members. The £30 includes the use of the club facilities, boats, paddles and buoyancy aids and Canoe England Third Party insurance. If non-members subsequently join the Club, the course fee is deducted from the initial membership fee.

What to wear
You will be too hot wearing a wet suit and arm movement could be restricted. For the majority of summer conditions, layers of light, fitted clothing that will dry quickly when wet are most suitable. Thermals or man-made fibres or running/cycling clothes are ideal. Clothing that gets heavy when wet, such as jeans and woollens, are unsuitable. No hoodies. Wear light aqua shoes (not heavy trainers or crocs) or neoprene socks/booties and wear a windproof cagoule and a hat if it is cool, wet or windy. You will need a change of clothes and footwear (you will get wet) and a towel. Do not bring valuables – there are no lockers available. Any cuts/wounds should be covered with a waterproof plaster whenever possible

The syllabus
Details for the four sessions on each course can be found here. There will be less talking and more paddling on the first session of each course if the Course Handout is read before the course starts.

Fitness requirements
You should be able to swim at least 50 metres in light clothing should you capsize (and most people do at some time). You will be required to demonstrate this ability in the canal during the course. We provide buoyancy aids, which we require you to wear when on the water during the course. Additionally, all club boats have enough buoyancy to support you.

A shower is available in the adjacent Canal Centre. We advise you to shower as soon as possible after each session and before you take any food or drink. Although generally “clean”, the canal has a muddy bottom and, especially after rain, the banks are often muddy. Although extremely rare there are waterborne bacteria (E.g. Leptospirosis) which again make showering after contact with the water or the muddy banks sensible – particularly before eating.

Minimum age
We accept children from age 10 on these courses but ideally those under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or an older sibling.

After the Course
You can apply to become a full member (if not already a member) and join a Saturday morning training session with paddlers of similar ability to improve your paddling skills.

For more information contact our training coaches. Alternatively, come to the Club on Saturday mornings between 10.30 and 11am and speak to them to discuss any queries you may have.

Find out more

If you want to find out more about the types of flatwater racing that we do, get in touch today.