Get Involved

At Ribble canoe club the emphasis on coaching is to give members the confidence and ability to enjoy the many recreational trips and camps that take place during the year. We hold introductory sessions each month to introduce complete newcomers to the sport. We run a number of BCU star award courses from the months of April to September for people who want an intensive training course in basic flatwater paddle skills. We use Fulwood leisure centre pool for a variety of courses and paddling sessions for 10 months of the year. Each month BCU qualified coaches run club trips to suit beginners & improvers on a variety of flatwater, sea or rivers. Workshops covering a variety of associated skills often take place either on normal Tuesday night meetings or on specific coaching trips. It could be anything from how to pack a sea kayak, to basic knots and ropework.

Introductory Sessions

For newcomers to the sport, these usually take the form of one pool session, during a paddleskills session, or an outdoor session on the canal. The canal sessions are usually on the first Tuesday evening during the months of April to October. There is a maximum of 8 people per session and prior booking is essential.

BC 1 Star Course

In 2017 we plan to run 3 courses, they will take the form of a 6 week course usually starting with an enrolment night. The first course will be on 25th April (contact Allan Hacking), June (contact Amanda Spavin) and August (contact Naomi Wicks). Each course is mainly based at the Hand & Dagger with the six outdoor sessions taking place on the Lancaster canal, additional pool sessions and at least 1 trip, usually to the Lake District would be included. Assessment will normally take place on the Lake trip. Fees in 2017 are £50 for adult and £40 for junior club members which includes your pool fees. The only additional cost is BC certificate fees. Places are limited on each course.

BC 2 Star Course

In 2017 we will be offering the 2 star course, this course requires a significant commitment from the paddler as he / she is expected to reach a high standard in both kayak and canoe. The course is expected to last the from April to July and is limited to 12 people, it is expected that each candidate will own their own boat in their preferred discipline, either kayak or canoe. The course will be based at the Hand & Dagger with the outdoor sessions taking place on the Lancaster canal there will also be a number of trips to the lake district and pool sessions. Fees are £65 for adult and £50 for junior club members which includes your pool fees. The only additional cost is BC certificate fees for more information ask for Graham Kingaby.

BC 3 Star Courses

BCU 3 star Training and assessments can be arranged if a number of club members are interested in the awards.

For the following:

WW Kayak

Sea Kayak


Club Membership

Club Membership is required to enrol in any of the Clubs star courses and membership fees in 2017, will be £25 for an adult plus £5 for additional family members, or £10 for a single junior member. New members also have to pay a £5 joining fee per person.

Further information & course bookings

Further information & course bookings Come along to the Hand & Dagger on a Tuesday evening and talk to Graham Kingaby or see the club forum for more information and details of how to book on the courses. Please remember we have a selection of boats available to club members for use on the courses and trips but you must book them out with the quartermaster beforehand if they are to be taken on trips away from the Hand & Dagger.

Paddle Skills Pool Sessions

These sessions take place on the 2nd Friday of each month (except July and August) at Fulwood leisure centre, Preston. Club coaches attend these sessions to assist any club members who feel any aspect of their paddling requires a bit of attention. These sessions are also used for introducing newcomers to the sport. Taster sessions are also available at these evenings for prospective club members. Pre booking is essential for these sessions to prevent overcrowding. Normal pool fees apply to these sessions, currently £5 per person.

Beginners trips

These coach led trips usually take place on the third weekend of the month and are aimed at paddlers who have completed the 1 star course or, as a minimum standard, they are capable of paddling 4km on the canal. After a number of these trips the paddler should be at or around 2 star standard and will have the confidence and ability to move onto the development trips.

Development Trips

These coach led trips usually take place on the first weekend of the month and are aimed at paddlers who are confident, regular paddlers who are at or above 2 star standard. On these trips the paddlers will gain the skills and experience required to progress their skills towards the 3 star standard.

Recreational Trips

Note these are not coach led trips so everyone is responsible for themselves and each other. Club members looking for someone to paddle with, often arrange trips by posting on the club forum, it can start with something as simple as 'is anyone paddling this weekend?' the response usually leads to a trip of some description taking place.

Meet The Coaches

This link will take you to a page with the Coaches details on with some information about them.