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Taster Sessions

We would love to meet you!
Everyone is welcome to join in with our fun Sunday Taster Sessions, which provide an opportunity to try out canoeing or kayaking in a relaxed, friendly and safe environment.

When and where we meet
Taster Sessions are run from the Botley Bark Store once a month. Check our Programme to see when the next Taster Session is taking place.



Please park at Steeple Court carpark (Sunday sessions only - with the Bark Store on your left, drive up the hill and turn left through the gateway).

What to expect
Our two-hour Taster Sessions are led by qualified coaches who will organise the activities and participants. Please introduce yourself to these people when you arrive; the membership secretary will have told them to expect you.

The session leaders will help you get kitted out with a boat, paddle and a buoyancy aid, which is essential for everyone joining us on the water. You will then be told what to expect from the session; there might even be a number of activities that you can choose between.

If you have any questions, the session leaders are there to help, but any experienced club members will be willing to help you too.

Taster sessions on Sundays cost £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for under 16s, paid in advance. (Children must be 8 or older)

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     What to bring

  • Clothes for on the water - these need to be weather-appropriate. A full wetsuit is ideal if you have one, but if you don’t then some light weight shorts or trousers will also work. No jeans or cotton can be worn. If it is cold then thermals or thin jumpers or fleeces are great, as well as a waterproof jacket


  • Some shoes to wear on the water - beach wetsuit shoes or neoprene boots will be ideal 
    Trainers don't easily fit in kayaks
    No Wellingtons or Bare feet allowed

  • A towel


  • A change of clothes - although you probably won’t get wet on your first time out, you are still around the water, so it’s best to have some just in case!

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