About the club
New & returning paddlers

Joining

The Tamar Canoe Association is based at Jubilee Green, Saltash, Cornwall.

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The club welcomes anyone interested in joining us on the water whatever your experience be it for your first Paddle to the experienced Paddler there is something for everyone. The Club caters for Canoes, Kayaks, Sit on Tops and Stand Up Paddleboards not sure which is right for you come and give them all a try to see which you like best. * min age applies.

We meet on Thursday evenings from 18:30 - 21:00 throughout the summer from April until the end of September with weekend trips planned for those who wish to take part.

The Tamar Canoe Association is a recreational Club Affiliated to British Canoeing run by Volunteers who give their time freely for the benefit of all.

Introductory Courses - run on Wednesday evenings and last for four weeks.
Two Day Introductory Courses - run on some weekends.
Please see the Membership Form for more information.

When your course finishes you are welcome to join the Thursday club nights and integrate into the courses or paddling trips being run.

If you have paddled before and just wish to join the club please make contact before sending membership form.

Membership is open to anyone over 11, 8 if Parents / guardian on the water.

  • Free use of club equipment on main clubnight - Thursdays a small charge applies outside main clubnight.
  • Free Training or guided paddles on main clubnight subject to completing an introductory course or having equivalent experience.
  • Access to Club Coaches and Leaders expertise.
  • Discount as some canoeing shops like AS Watersports, Kayaks and Paddles, Nookie with membership card. See the links at the bottom.
  • Access to weekend trips and events.
  • Discounted Specialist training Courses subject to demand.
  • Paddle with likeminded spirits exploring the local area.
  • Chance to be best you can be among friends.

You will need to bring your own suitable personal clothing.

Membership Cost
Junior Under 18 years on 1st April (Minimum age 11 years) £20
Senior Over 18 years on 1st April £40
Family Up to 2 Adults & up to 3 children at same address (Minimum age 8 years if parents on water) £70 *
Introductory Courses (Membership is also required) £35
British Canoeing certificates at cost subject to satisfactory course completion.
* The cost for a family taking a course is capped at £70.00 (membership is also required so £70 + £70 = £140)
club site ate jubilee green, saltash, cornwall kayaker paddeling on whitewater kayaker paddeling on whitewater
kayaking group at sea near rocks view of Jubilee Green from the club site paddlinboarding group on a river

Club nights & activities
See the world from a different perspective

Whatever your interest

During the summer season members can join one of the following groups:

  • Journey - a peaceful paddle on the river
  • Skills and Drills - paddling locally
  • SUP - paddling locally
  • Canoe - paddling locally

Coaching sessions are held following the British Canoeing Awards:

  • Paddle Start
  • Paddle Discover
  • Paddle Explore

Other awards are arranged subject to interest.

Club activities

Please remember the club is not just here to coach, anyone with their basic skills can just come along for a sociable paddle joining like minded paddlers, please contact us if you wish to find out more.

Coaching
Learn new skills

Your paddling journey

The club caters for all abilities and disciplines, from a leisurely paddle with a group of like minded paddlers to specific disciplines like Surf Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, White Water Kayaking, Moving Water Kayaking. Whatever your interest we will cater for you, this is dependant on club coach availability and numbers on the day. The club coaches British Canoe Awards up to Paddle Explore in all disciplines, please remember all of our coaches are volunteers so this is subject to availability. Swimming pool sessions are run throughout the winter months (at an additional cost to cover pool hire) which allows members to practice their skills in warm clear water throughout the winter months.

The club has a growing group of paddleboarders of all ages and abilities who can go off on their own for a pleasant paddle or join in with the other groups for "Skills and Drills" or a journey. Coaching, when available, will help you get started with balance and the different strokes and techniques to control the paddleboard.

The club has a dedicated canoeing group who paddle on Thursdays. This group can go for a pleasant flat water social paddle, coaching in skills to achieve your desired British Canoe Award if this is what you wish to do, just paddle with like minded paddlers, learn numerous skills including many different paddle strokes, tandum paddling, rafted paddling, sailing a canoe, poling etc. Although the canoe section predominantly paddles flat / slow moving water rivers during the winter white water trips are run for those who wish to participate. Social paddle trips with picnic's are arranged throughout the year, some are club trips run by coaches and some are just peer trips arranged by members.

Current Club Coaching

  • Paddle Start
  • Paddle Explore
  • Paddle Discover
  • Paddlesport Safety and Rescue
  • Canoe Award
  • Sea Kayak
  • Surf Kayak
  • White Water Award
  • Touring Award
kayaks on a river shoreline group of kayakers on a local river
group of paddlers rafted up couple enjoying a paddle in a canoe

Finally
The benefits of paddling

Sharing an experience

Paddling can be a solitary journey or the shared experience of drifting down river, exploring inlets, watching the wild life and taking in a sunset from a different perspective.

It can be the excitement of "Skills & Drills", games and just plain messing about on the river in a safe and controlled manner.

As you progress through the paddling season you will find yourself slowly getting fitter. Paddling is good for the soul and gives you a sense of achievement after you master a new skill.

You can do all this no matter your age and abilities.

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
~ Kenneth Grahame.