New members

Welcome! So you would like to get involved in Canoe and Kayaking?

If you can already paddle and are experienced on moving water, dependent on the weather conditions and water levels, you are more than welcome to join us at the slalom site in Matlock Bath.

Venue and times are detailed click here here

If you are new to the sport, you will need to attend our Introductory Course. These are extremely popular and there is a waiting list. If you are interested, please email


Introductory Course

Each year the club runs a series of sessions for newcomers to the sport. These are suitable for both adults and children and families are particularly welcome. Every child (under 18 years) must be closely supervised by a parent or guardian at all times during the session. All paddlers must be full members prior to the first session for insurance purposes. 

The sessions start in the Spring with the first being on flat water (swimming pool, canal or lake). Subsequent sessions will be on the river, starting on the flat and progressing down to the rapids throughout the course. 

By the summer you should have the confidence to join our club sessions on either a Wednesday or Thursday evening. You will then be encouraged to buy your own kit but you will be able to continue to borrow club kit until you are sure what is right for you.

The club will provide a boat, paddle, spray deck, helmet and buoyancy aid. The water will be cold so dress appropriately (No hooded waterproof coats). Be prepared to get wet! Allow time to get changed before and after your session.

At the start and end of each session you will be responsible for collecting and returning all equipment to the store. Children will need parental help with this, as the boats are heavy. There will be volunteers on hand who will be pleased to help with the techniques of carrying etc but please don’t just leave them to it.