Beginners

Beginners

We have around 70 beginners in the club from the age of 7 to 15.  The majority of our kids are in the 7-11 age category.  At this time we are seeking to recruit kids in the 12-16 age category.

Beginner sessions are as follows:

2020 intake - Saturday 10am and Tuesdays 7pm

2021 intake - Saturday 11am or Sunday 11am

Over the weekend 11/12 September 2021, we are opening up to new beginners (12-16 year olds), who previously completed the expression of interest form.


General Beginner Information

We welcome kids of 7 years and above who can swim, with all abilities to come along and have a go.  At this time we are primarily focused on kids between the ages of 12 and 16.  We offer beginner sessions on the following days/times:

2020 intake

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

2021 intake

  • Saturday 
12pm to 1pam
  • Sunday
11am to 12pm
  • Tuesday
To be confirmed


Our beginner sessions are catering for small numbers at this time - no more than 12 in a session.  We run 2 sessions concurrently.

During the spring and summer months, the beginner sessions take place at Knockbracken Reservior, at the LetsGoHydro Resort.

From October onwards, the beginner sessions move to Ormiston Pool.

A beginner session on the River Roe

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 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

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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 and 2020 Irish Opens.

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. 

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