Bristol Canoe Club will again be running beginners courses on Bristol Harbour in 2024. The course is run in four evening sessions from our base at Baltic Wharf on the Harbour. We provide all the kit you need to learn to safely kayak on flat water. Each session lasts about two hours. At the end of the course you will receive the British Canoeing ‘Discover’ award.

We run the course on Bristol Harbour which is a great place to learn to kayak. We access the harbour from the pontoon at Baltic Wharf, by the Cottage Inn. Note that this is a complete beginners course for Kayak, We assume you have not paddled a kayak before. At the end of four weeks you will be able to paddle on flat water. During the course you’ll become familiar with the equipment and learn to paddle forward, backwards, sideways, stop, turn, and safely capsize. You’ll get to experience paddling on Bristol Harbour and enjoy views of the harbour from the water (including the SS Great Britain and all the other interesting boats on the harbour). If you’ve already done a fair bit of flat water paddling, this may not be the course for you. 

The cost of the course is £100. Information on how to book on the course is provided below.

Please note that even if you can’t make all the dates on the course it’s important to attend the first course where you will be introduced to your coach and receive a briefing on equipment you will use and safety on the water.

This year our course dates are:

Course 1: MONDAY 6pm Starts April 22nd Sessions on April 22, 29, May 13, 20 (no session on the May 6th bank holiday)

Course 2: WEDNESDAY 6.30 pm Starts May 1st. Sessions on May 1, 8, 15, 22

Course 3: WEDNESDAY 6.30pm Starts June 5th, Sessions on Jun 5,12,19, 26

Course 4: WEDNESDAY 6.30pm Starts July 10th, Sessions on July 10, 17, 24, 31

Course 5: MONDAY 6.30pm Starts July 22nd, Sessions on July 22, 29, Aug 5, 12

The course starts at 6.30pm at Baltic Wharf (by the cottage Inn) . We provide all the kit. You will see availability for the various dates on the system when you go through the booking process. We do encourage people to attend all the course dates, and especially the first one as this is where you will be introduced to the equipment. . 

Registering and booking on the course:

  • Go to
  • .On the right hand side, under Events, click Book Places note only the first date available is shown, other dates are shown after you click this link)
  • Add the beginners course for the date you want to your basket (make sure you’ve clicked the correct date).
  • Click ‘checkout’ and follow instructions for payment.  Paypal is the best option for us as we can see and confirm payment immediately. 
  • you will need to subscribe to the ‘webcollect’ platform that we use for membership and event bookings

If you have any questions please contact me via email to and include “Beginners Course” in the subject line and state which course you are interested in.