On this page you will find information about all of the courses that we run at the sailing and canoeing club. In the spring and summer these take place down at the club on the Avon, in the winter pool sessions take place at Stonar School. See below for more information about them.

To book onto a course you will need to complete a booking form, more details about the courses located below. More information about booking onto courses is located here

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River Spring/Summer Courses

Pool Based Winter/Spring Courses


River Courses 2019

TuesdaysKBJ1 Kayak Beginner Child (U14) 23/04, 30/04, 07/05, 17/05, 21/05, 04/0588
KIA1 Kayak Improver Adult(14+) 23/04, 30/04, 07/05, 17/05, 21/05, 04/0588
CBA1 Canoe Beginner Adult (17+) 23/04, 30/04, 07/05, 17/05, 21/05, 04/0588
WednesdaysSUP1 SUP Course01/05, 08/05, 15/0588
Stand up paddleboarding SUP405/06, 12/06, 19/0688
ThursdaysKIJ1 Kayak Improver Child (U14)25/04, 02/05, 09/05, 16/05, 23/05, 06/88
KBA1 Kayak Beginner Adult (14+)25/04, 02/05, 09/05, 16/05, 23/05, 06/88
CIA1 Canoe Improver Adult(17+)25/04, 02/05, 09/05, 16/05, 23/05, 06/88
MIJ1 Multicraft Improver Child (U14)25/04, 02/05, 09/05, 16/05, 23/05, 06/88
KIJ2 Kayak Improver Child (U14) 11/06, 18/06, 25/06, 02/07, 09/07, 16/0788
KBA2 KayakBeginnerAdult(14+) 11/06, 18/06, 25/06, 02/07, 09/07, 16/0788
CIA2 Canoe Improver Adult (17+) 11/06, 18/06, 25/06, 02/07, 09/07, 16/0788
KBJ3 Kayak Beginner Child (U14) 11/06, 18/06, 25/06, 02/07, 09/07, 16/0788
SUP 2 SUP Course (Continued)05/06, 12/06, 19/0688
SUP4 SUPCourse10/07, 17/07, 24/0788
SUP3 SUPCourse 13/06, 20/06, 27/0688
KBJ2 Kayak Beginner Child (U14) 13/06, 20/06, 27/06, 04/07, 11/07, 18/0788
KIA2 Kayak Improver Adult (14+) 13/06, 20/06, 27/06, 04/07, 11/07, 18/0788
CBA2 CanoeBeginnerAdult(17+) 13/06, 20/06, 27/06, 04/07, 11/07, 18/0788
MIJ2 Multicraft Improver Child (U14) 13/06, 20/06, 27/06, 04/07, 11/07, 18/0788
SEHD Sailing Experience (Half Day) 0Tentatively aimed for 21st July88
PBR Powerboat Basics for RescueTentatively aimed for 13th July88

River Courses Fees 2019

3 week courses
Under 18's £15£17.50
18's and over£17.50£25
6 week courses
Under 18's £30£45
18's and over£35£50
Sailing Taster Session/Powerboat Basics
for Rescue
The additional fee payable by non members is required to cover costs of a temporary membership to the club and provide insurance cover. The non member additional fee will only payable on the first course a non-member takes that year.


Bookings for courses are now being taken, to book please return a booking form which is linked above with the correct course fee (cheque made payable to “Chippenham Sailing and Canoeing Club”) to the address on the form.  A place on a course can only be secured on receipt of the course booking form and payment, on a first come first served basis. If you have any questions please contact us on – [email protected]

1 Star assessment

This course is for beginners to the sport, you will learn the foundation skills as well as some more advanced ones. At the end of this you will be able to paddle comfortably on flat water. There is an opportunity to get the BC *1 canoe/kayak award.

2 Star assessment

2 star assessment is quite hard to achieve, it has to be because those with 2 star are considered good enough to attended a level 1 coaching course. Good skills are required in both canoe and kayak along with an all-round knowledge of paddlesport in general.  Those aspiring to 2* will need to complete the Intermediate Canoe and Intermediate Kayak Courses, supplementing them with practical experience on the river. Therefore we think that the best way forward is to run 2 star assessments as and when there is sufficient demand. These are time consuming for coaches and there is usually a certain amount of in-assessment coaching in order to get those that are close to the standard through. Experience has shown that sometimes attendance on a 2 star course does not always mean that a paddler is up to scratch, this is one of the reasons for our change of tack this year.

PaddlePower assessments

For those not familiar with PaddlePower, it is a certification scheme aimed at youngsters. Assessment is by means of completing a number of tasks recorded in a booklet over the weeks of a course. We plan to include some of the tasks required into our junior courses but not to use them as the main driving factor. The pace of learning will be more relaxed and should allow for a lot more fun. If and when paddlers tick off all the tasks in the booklet then they will be able to claim an award. The coaches running the course will manage this as a background activity.

Other assessments
Other assessments such as 3 star kayak and FSRT will be done on an as required basis in a similar fashion to the 2 star award.


  • Courses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings will normally run from 18:30 to 20:00 unless changed by the coach(es) or as necessitated by the weather.
  • The coach(es) assigned to a course may be changed at any time due to other commitments etc.
  • Several coaches maybe be unavailable for courses for a week in June (to be confirmed) as they will be on the club’s annual alpine paddling trip. The coaches that are not attending might continue to run their respective courses but otherwise there will be no courses during that week.
  • 1, 2 & 3 star courses do not include certification costs; these will be collected separately at assessment if applicable – see below. Paddlepower (PP) courses include the cost of a Paddlepower course booklet which can be used to claim a certificate from Canoe England on completion of the course.

British Canoeing Awards Fees

BC 1 Star Certification£6£7
BC 2 Star Certification£6£7
BC 3 Star CertificationSee BC websiteSee BC website

Pool Sessions

Our pool sessions have now ended for the season, this space will updated around September/October with information for the 2018/2019 winter.

The pool is the perfect place to gain confidence in falling out of a kayak. Depending on your skill level, we can coach you how to exit the boat safely after capsizing, progressing all the way to learning to roll the kayak back up using your paddle.

The pool session courses are held at Stonar School, Melksham.  They are run as a block of 3 sessions, over 3 consecutive weeks. There are 2 courses on each evening commencing 19:30 and 20:15 hrs respectively. There are 8 places available in each time slot.