Beginners

UPDATE : Kids beginner sessions start again from Sat 1st August 2020 at Knockbracken Reservoir.

UPDATE : SATURDAY 1 AUG and SATURDAY 8 AUG SESSIONS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED 

We welcome kids of 7 years and above with all abilities to come along and have a go.

Beginner Sessions for Kids

We offer beginner sessions for kids on the following days/times during August and September:

  • Saturday 
10am to 11am
  • Tuesday
7pm to 8pm
  • Thursday
To be confirmed 

Our beginner sessions are catering for small numbers at this time - no more than 10 in a session.  If you are interested can you complete the RESERVATION FORM, which will allow us to plan coaching resources for the sessions.

We are currently based at the Knockbracken Reservoir. Social distancing and additional hygiene measures are in place, due to Covid-19.  Please observe the signs and the one-way system at the venue.

Lets get started

The first 1 hour session is free.  If you need more, 2 x 1 hour sessions can be booked here. The cost is £7 (for 2 sessions).  When you come for the first time, please complete the registration form and give it to the coach before the first session begins.

What’s next

We offer a special 2-month membership at £30 for beginners as a transition from taster sessions to full membership, which can be booked here.

As the kids develop their skills and confidence, we hope they will join the Club as members.  Membership is £55 and is paid over a 2-month period and can be booked here.

A beginner session on the River Roe

Partnering with Local Schools

We run a partner programme with local schools in East Belfast and Carryduff over the Autumn, Winter and Spring terms.  We take 12 kids from each of our partner schools and over a 6-week period, teach them the basics of paddlesports - and have some fun on the way.

Our partner schools are currently:

  • Strathern
  • Campbell College
  • Strandtown Primary
  • Cairnshill Primary

If your child is a member of these schools, you can book a place here - subject to availability. 


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


Youth Groups

We run structured paddlesports sessions for Scouts, Guides, Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade and sports clubs. These are typically run over a 4-week period on Friday evenings.

These sessions cover:

  • Water safety
  • Rescues
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Stand-up Paddle-boarding


If you are interested in discussing this further email us at info@belfastkayakacademy.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 Irish Men's Club Champions and 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 Irish Open.

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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