Beginners

UPDATE : BEGINNER KAYAKING NOW BACK AT KNOCKBRACKEN RESERVOIR FROM SAT 17 OCT 2020

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:

  • Saturday 
10am to 11am
  • Tuesday
7pm to 8pm

Our beginner sessions are catering for small numbers at this time - no more than 10 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. 

From October 2020 onwards, the beginner sessions will take place at Ormiston Pool, however for the period 16 Oct 2020 to 13 November 2020, sessions will return to Knockbracken, as Ormiston Pool will be closed due to additional Covid-19 restrictions introduced by the Northern Ireland Executive on indoor sport.

"Taster" Sessions

We are offering "taster" sessions during August / September 2020 and January / February 2021.  " 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.

What’s next?

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.  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:

  • Strathern
  • Campbell College
  • Strandtown Primary
  • Cairnshill Primary

At this time, all of our after schools activity is cancelled, however we are running beginner kayaking sessions on Tuesday evening and Saturday morning - see above.


Adults

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

Canoe Polo

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.

Ormiston

The Ormiston venue provides:

  • Indoor Pool;
  • Changing facilities;
  • Viewing area;
  • Electronic scoring system;
  • Coffee and Tea making facilities; and
  • On-site parking

Address:

20 Pirrie Lane
Belfast
BT4 3LP

Google Maps Ormiston  - Click Here

Knockbracken

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 Irish Open.

Address:

1 Mealough Road
Carryduff
BT8 8BP

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