Belfast Canoe Club – Try Racing Session & Starter Session – 28th & 31st May

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Starter Sessions
Starter Sessions are an excellent way to be introduced to the sport of Canoeing. You don’t need to have any previous canoeing experience, specialist kit or skills…just come and have a go! If you have been canoeing before, our Starter Sessions are also a great opportunity to find out what we have to offer. Perhaps it has been a while since you were last on the water or maybe you want to share your passion, and introduce family and friends to the sport? Whatever your motivation, Starter Sessions will provide an ideal opportunity to get out on the water and try canoeing.

Try Racing Sessions

Try Racing Sessions are an opportunity to try paddling a Racing Kayak as used in the Olympics. You must have some previous kayaking experience. We will provide specialist stable race training kayaks, and also other competitive racing kayaks to try.



Date : Sunday 28th May and Wednesday 31st May 2017

Time : 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm

Location : Shaws Bridge, Belfast, BT9 5YN

Water : River Lagan

Price : £5 per person

Session   Date Time Price Restrictions Disability Friendly? Boat Type Available Booking required? Booking Deadline
Starter Session Sun 28th May  2pm – 4pm £5 Min age: 11 years old No Kayak Yes 25th May
Starter Session Wed 31st May  7pm – 9pm £5 Min age: 11 years old No Kayak Yes 30th May
Try Racing Session Sunday 28th May 2pm – 4pm £5 Min age: 11 years old No Racing Kayak Yes 25th May
Try Racing Session Wed 31st  May 7pm – 9pm £5 Min age: 11 years old No Racing Kayak Yes 30th May


Additional Information 
All equipment will be provided on the day so you don’t need any specialist kit to take part. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, such as light tracksuit bottoms (not jeans) and layered tops, as well as any water/windproof over layers and a pair of old shoes (with secure fastenings) which you don’t mind getting wet – no flip flops.

Check the weather before leaving the house to ensure you take clothing to suit the conditions. If it is sunny, don’t forget to wear waterproof sun cream (we recommend a minimum of factor 30) and a hat, as the reflection of the sun off the water can be strong. You should bring a towel and a spare change of clothes to travel home in, just in case you get wet.


Belfast Canoe Club has a proud record as the oldest canoe club in Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1960, and had major influence in the setting up and early years of both the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland and the Irish Canoe Union. BCC paddlers have had more international competitive honours than any other club in NI.


Follow Up Sessions

4 session Follow up courses will be available, normally Wednesday evenings but other times may be possible. On successful completion of the course, full club membership will be offered.



The entrance to Shaws Bridge is on the A55 Ring Road near the junction with Malone Road. The sessions will begin from Shaws Bridge Car Park/Jetty

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Contact Details

Name : Malcolm Kerry

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