CANI and Erne Paddlers Partnership Courses for February and March

Upcoming events hosted by CANI and Erne Paddlers in February and March

Courses open to the public

All our courses are open to the public. “Learn to Paddle” courses are especially geared towards beginners and those wanting to join the club and this year we will have free taster sessions so you can see if paddling is right for you – details below.  Other courses require some previous experience, either just a little  (so we know you are ok to go on an easy journey) or a bit more for; sea, surf and river sessions for example. Pre-requisites (if any!) are listed in the course information below.  If you want help choosing the right course for you, give Paul Harrington (Harry) a call on the number below.

Courses to order

If you don’t see something that suits your needs in our programme, whether you are a member or a non-member, looking to try paddling for the first time, wanting a one-off fun session for a group, or you are aiming to build the necessary skills and experience to go paddling with a group of friends, we can plan the right session, lessons or course for you.  We are happy to help.

Sessions for groups

Please keep an eye out for our upcoming courses which will be promoted soon, open to the public, for schools, youth groups, women’s groups, inclusive sessions and more.  If you are part of a school or group and would like to take part in paddling sessions with your friends, please get in touch at the details below.

Contact details

Paul Harrington (Harry)

Email: or

Phone: 07808649173

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If you are interested in finding out about the club and want to know the best option for you, whatever your experience and ability, please give Harry a call or text (or Whatsapp) on 07808649173, drop us an email.

Course list and how to book

To book onto any of the following courses please contact: or

Learn to Paddle Pool Course

  • (Formerly Club Induction)
  • Spaces available
  • Lakeland Forum Pool
  • 9 PM to 10:45 PM (1 hour in the pool)
  • Fri 16 Apr – Free taster session
  • 5 week course: Fridays; 23 Feb and 6, 9, 16 23 Mar
  • Taster session is free (Fri 16 Feb)
  • 5 week course, fantastic value at £60 or £12 per session. (includes club membership, normal price £60)
  • Discounts available for families and groups.

This is our course for those wanting to try out paddling in a safe and warm environment of the swimming pool. Great for building confidence in an enjoyable step by step way, guided by our experienced, friendly and qualified coaches. All equipment provided (except your swimming togs!) We aim to help you build a strong foundation of fundamental kayaking skills that will enable you to enjoy paddling and improving as you move outside, to the lake, sea, river and more!

Kids / Family Fun Pool Sessions

  • (Continuing as usual)
  • Spaces available
  • Fivemiletown College Pool
  • 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Fridays, 2, 9, 16, 23 Feb and 6, 9, 16, 23 Mar
  • 8 weeks
  • For Juniors u14 (and parents)
  • Fun games for all, you won’t even know you’re learning 🙂

Preventing Capsize and Intro to Rolling Pool Course

  • (Moving on from Capsize with Confidence course)
  • Spaces available
  • Lakeland Forum Pool (small area)
  • 9 PM to 10:45 PM (1 hour in the pool)
  • Thursdays;  1, 8, 15, 22 Feb and 1, 8, 15, 22 Mar
  • 8 weeks
  • Suitable for anyone (14yrs+) who is spraydeck confident or who has completed Induction/Learn to Paddle or Paddle Power courses

The pool is a great environment to make learning going upside down fun and fear free! The warm clear water and coaches standing beside you make it a very safe and confidence building space.  Coached in a step by step manner, progressing at a rate you are comfortable with, this course will solve any capsizing problems you may have and set you up for much more rapid progress learning skills like support strokes and rolling..

Kayak Skills and Rolling Pool Course

  • (Continuing as usual)
  • Spaces available
  • Fivemiletown College Pool
  • 9 to 10 PM
  • Mondays; 5, 12, 19, 26 Feb and 5, 12, 19, 26 Mar
  • 8 sessions

Suitable for anyone (16yrs+) who has completed the Induction/Learn to Paddle course, or who has some previous paddling experience, and is looking to build skills towards a 2 star award and getting out on moving water (river, sea, surf), focusing on a foundation of good technique, confidence building, support strokes and rolling, all coached in a progressive manner.

Polo in the Pool (15+yrs)

  • (Continuing as usual)
  • Spaces available for new members – text Jon for more info (07856697151)
  • Lakeland Forum Pool
  • 9 PM to 10:45 PM (1 hour in the pool)
  • Thursdays: 1, 8, 15, 22 Feb and 1, 8, 15, 22 Mar
  • 8 sessions
  • Kayak Polo in the pool! Great game! Great for skills and confidence.

Polo in the Pool for Juniors

  • (continuing as usual)
  • Spaces available for new members – text Jon for more info (07856697151).
  • Lakeland Forum Pool
  • 9 PM to 10:45 PM (1 hour in the pool)
  • Fridays: 16, 23 Feb and 2, 9, 16, 23 Mar
  • 6 sessions
  • Kayak Polo in the pool for under 14’s boys and U16’s beginner girls

Polo Competition Night

  • Lakeland Forum Pool
  • 9:15 to 10:30 (1hr in the pool)
  • Fri 2 Feb – this Fri
  • All spectators / parents encouraged to attend and support your team!
  • A chance to see your brilliant players in action 🙂
  • Both younger and older players – Mass Warm up on side then three 10 min games (Friday group / Thursday group / mixed age teams)
  • Winning team cups and prizes (you know it’s chocolate !!)

Outdoor Courses

“Love to Paddle” Journeys

  • (Continuing as usual)
  • Spaces available
  • Broadmeadow Car Park
  • 10:00 AM to 12:30
  • Sunday mornings: 11 Feb and 4 Mar
  • 2 trips

Lead trips on the lake with a bit of coaching for those that want it and plenty of sightseeing and chat.  We will plan this to be suitably paced with the right level of challenge to make it enjoyable for all abilities, and there will still be room for some fun and games 🙂 These will be multi-craft journeys, so we hope you have the option to paddle the craft of your choice, seakayak, open canoe, SUP, etc (depending on ability and conditions).

Intro to White Water Kayak

  • (Continuing as usual)
  • Spaces available
  • Ballyconnell
  • Saturday 10, 17, 24 Feb and 3 Mar
  • 2 to 4 PM
  • 4 sessions

This is suitable for anyone, 14yrs+ who is spraydeck confident, has winter paddling kit and wants to experience the excitement of river paddling, introduced in a safe and progressive way.

Paddlesport for Fitness

  • New for 2018!
  • Spaces available
  • Broadmeadow Car Park
  • Sessions to be arranged to best suit the groups needs.

Taking the lead from CANI’s Monthly Fitness Challenge, each month CANI’s Performance Coach will post a range of sessions, from beginner to expert aimed at developing your paddling fitness. We will follow these programmes in coached sessions adapted to meet the needs of the individual and group.  Great for improving your overall fitness and paddling ability. Some previous paddling experience is required.

“Starting Block” to Sprint

  • New for 2018!
  • Spaces available
  • Broadmeadow Carpark
  • Dates TBC, Starting in April
  • Suitable for 10 to 14yr olds

This will be a 6 week introduction to sprint kayaking for juniors, an exciting Olympic Discipline. This course will give you a taster for kayak racing and feed into the CANI Talent Hub Programmes.  For new members and club members. No previous experience necessary.  Have a watch of this short video for an intro to sprint: Intro to Sprint

CANI Junior River hubs

  • Spaces available
  • Various Rivers
  • 10 am to 3 pm
  • Sundays, 4 Feb, 4 Mar, 8 Apr

This is a regional programme coordinated by the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI), were several clubs from the region meet up one Sunday per month to share resources and develop junior river running skills, through fun activities. A great opportunity for our young paddlers.

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