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All new paddlers and potential new members to Rugby Canoe Club are directed to one of our BCU (British Canoe Union) qualified coaches prior to getting on the water. The coaches, depending on where our canoeing is currently taking place (winter or summer sessions), will inform paddlers of what the basic requirements are concerning the sessions and outline the club in general.

If the club is operating in the pool when you come along, the introduction you receive will be different to the one you would receive if we were paddling at Draycote Water, our venue during the summer months.

The reason for this is the environment your paddling in dictates how we introduce new paddlers onto the water, but be assured that all the safety aspects are fully covered at both venues.

Our aim is to get you afloat as quickly as possible, under the supervision of our club coaches and for you to develop your skills and enjoy the sport of canoeing.

Overview BCU Awards

For more information about the British Canoe Union and the personal proficiency awards, known as the Star Tests for adults and Paddle Power for juniors, please check out the following links:

Personal Progress Trackers - Select the appropriate one for the award your working on, print it out and bring it to the club to get your progress signed off by a club coach:

Rugby Canoe Club is proud to have a large number of qualified coaches in the club who are happy to help the other members. The current coaches include:

BCU Club Coaches