Newbies point of view on the come and try it sessions

When we went to our first session we knew we would love it.

They provide you with kayaks, paddles, spray decks and helmets and they also help you to alter your foot pedals so the boats fit you properly. Even if you have your own kit you can still borrow things from them.

Often there are ‘try it now’ sessions where you just try it out and see if you like paddling at the club.

If you’re new then they try to help you out as much as possible. You feel welcome at the club; if you’re new or you’ve been there a while.

All the members are really nice and try to help you as much as possible and sometimes let you try out their boats so you have a rough idea abut what you would like to paddle in.

The actual lessons are great, because you sometimes go down to the weir or if not you learn how to do strokes properly. You feel very comfortable whilst on the water, because of being with them and you feel safe.

The boats they let you go in are very easy to steer and good for beginners. You look forward to using your kit and boat just because it makes you feel good in something that is yours. You always want to go to the next session. They are so fun.

I would recommend this club because they are really good with new people.

Theo Gorton, 9



I started because it was fun, different and really enjoyable. We’d tried a few clubs before we found WKCC but it is definitely the best. The idea of being on the water on a beautiful sunny day excites me, especially as the other members are really supportive and helpful.

At the first ‘Try It Now’ session we did, I was worried at first. When we got on the water, I felt unstable and helpless but I soon got the hang of it . The games we played helped improve our skills and reflexes.

The other members are supportive, patient and I always feel like if someone fell in, they’d be at the ready in seconds to help you. If you have any questions about kit, technique or if you just need help, they will always have a helpful tip or advice.
The 3 weeks of lessons we had really helped because the kids and adults were separate and it didn’t feel really serious. All of the children together really affected the learning vibes and it wasn’t like we were there just to learn, as the instructors introduced games to improve our speed and control.
The boats and kit that can be borrowed gives the less experienced members an idea of what kit is good and what boats would be best from them. You can always find a boat or helmet that someone is selling and everyone lets you know if there’s something you would like.
I can’t wait to get a boat and my own kit because it means we can go to the other paddles and go on white water rivers and long trips with all the family.
Maia, 12