UPDATE : Beginner training commences on Tuesday 4 May at 7pm at Knockbracken Reservoir and thereafter on Saturdays (10am) and Tuesdays (7pm)
At this time, we are only offering beginner training to the kids who joined us in the Summer of 2020 and are now Beginner Members of the Club. We can also offer beginner training to kids who participated in our after schools programme, if they join as Beginner Members - booked here.
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we hope to offer additional beginner sessions - for which the following information is relevant.
General Beginner Information
We welcome kids of 7 years and above with all abilities to come along and have a go. We offer beginner sessions on the following days/times:
||10am to 11am|
||7pm to 8pm|
Our beginner sessions are catering for small numbers at this time - no more than 12 in a session. We run 2 sessions concurrently.
Initially these sessions are designed as "tasters", but if your child enjoys the experience and commits further time, the sessions will evolve to improve their skills and experience.
During the spring and summer months, the beginner sessions take place at Knockbracken Reservior, at the LetsGoHydro Resort.
From October onwards, the beginner sessions move to Ormiston Pool.
"Taster" sessions provide the opportunity to tryout kayaking. The first "taster" session is free. This can be extended by a further 2 sessions (if needed) at the cost of £7 per child - booked here.
We offer a special 2-month beginner membership at £30 for beginners as a transition from the "taster" sessions. This allows us improve the skills and experience of the kids who are keen to commit more time to kayaking. Beginner membership can be booked here.
As the kids develop their skills and confidence, we hope they will join the Club as full members. Full membership is £55 and is paid over a 2-month period and can be booked here.
A beginner session on the River Roe
Partnering with Local Schools
Before Covid-19 we ran an partner programme with local schools in East Belfast and Carryduff over the Autumn, Winter and Spring terms. We took 12 kids from each of our partner schools and over a 6-week period, teach them the basics of paddlesports - and have some fun on the way.
Our partner schools are:
- Campbell College
- Strandtown Primary
- Cairnshill Primary
At this time, all of our after schools activity is cancelled, however pupils from these schools who participated in the programme, are welcome to join our club as beginner members at any time.
We do not currently offer beginner sessions for adults. We share the facilities at Knockbracken Reservoir with LetsGoHydro, who offer a range of adult paddlesport activities. For more information visit www.letsgohydro.com
We believe passionately about team paddlesports which is why the sport of Canoe Polo is prominent within our club. We compete at local, national and international level as Ulster Canoe Polo. We are currently the Irish Men's Club Champions and British Under 18 Club Champions.
The Ulster Ladies Team at the 2019 European Club Championships in Catania, Sicily
We encourage all of the kids to try this team activity and provide dedicated coaching to those who want to train with the teams and compete.
Venues and Facilities
Our club started on the banks of the River Lagan, but we have now moved to dedicated indoor facilities at Ormiston House in East Belfast and outdoor facilities at Knockbracken Reservoir in Carryduff, where we share the site with the LetsGoHydro Aquapark.
The Ormiston venue provides:
- Indoor Pool;
- Changing facilities;
- Viewing area;
- Electronic scoring system;
- Coffee and Tea making facilities; and
- On-site parking
20 Pirrie Lane
Google Maps Ormiston - Click Here
The Knockbracken venue provides:
- Changing facilities;
- 4 Dedicated Canoe Polo pitches;
- Covered Grandstand - "Argento Arena";
- Computerised scoring system - Tourney;
- Big screen playback;
- Cafe; and
- On-site parking.
The venue recently hosted the 2019 Junior International and the 2019 and 2020 Irish Opens.
1 Mealough Road
Access via Mealough Road through Gate A on right hand side of road and follow the parking signs. Report to RECEPTION on arrival.
Google Maps Knockbracken - Click Here