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