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.
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.