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

River Courses Fees 2019

3 week courses
Under 18's £15£22.50
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]

Personal Performance Awards

The NEW Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose. The process of completing the awards is based on learning and, as such, the ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of all the awards, encouraging individuals in their development. Paddle Awards: Designed to develop enjoyment, safety and skills for those new to Paddlesport The three Paddle Awards are for those getting into a boat for the first time, enabling them to feel confident in their chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. The awards help empower the paddler, enabling them to start their lifelong journey into paddlesport. The awards are designed to encourage those who get in a boat for the first time, to take on their next step, by taking a Paddle Discover and Paddle Explore, which providers will play a key role in shaping.

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 discipline specific and FSRT will be done on an as required basis in a similar.


  • 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 MembersNon-members
Paddle StartFreeFree
Paddle Discover£6£6
Paddle Explore£6£6
Discipline Specific Awards£10£20

Pool Sessions

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