Kayaking training in swimming pools
Outdoor sport training indoors
If you are thinking about having a go at kayaking then many British Canoe Union (BCU)-affiliated centres offer training courses in local swimming pools. Indoor pools offer the perfect environment in which to learn or improve kayaking skills!
- Training in a pool and not in a river means that you will benefit from the still (and warm!) water, and your instructor will be able to keep close contact with you in order to help you perform many maneuvers. He or she will also be able to stand in the pool and hold your kayak while you learn to perform rolls and braces.
- By training in a swimming pool, you will benefit greatly from being able to stand on the poolside and watch the instructor perform maneuvers and learn from watching their technique under the water — which you would not be able to see in the murky waters of a river or lake!
- Experienced kayakers also benefit immensely from training in swimming pools, as they offer the opportunity to train regularly to maintain skill levels — especially during months when river water levels are too low to paddle or bird nesting causes access restrictions.
- BCU kayaking courses take place up and down the UK. During these, course instructors will guide you through the equipment used and the basic kayaking techniques — and most courses will culminate in the group visiting a nearby river or lake to put into practice what you have learnt.