How to Join

New Members

* New Members with little or no experience *

If you have very little or no experience and are not yet sure if kayaking is for you, then we recommend you attend our beginners introductory pool sessions. In this short course we go through some basics like forwards paddling, sweep strokes, moving sideways and low brace supports. This course takes place over two consecutive weeks (1 session per week). Sessions are on Wednesday nights from 8pm-9pm in the swimming pool at Armley Leisure Centre. We charge £20 to attend the introductory course, which is payable in advance. You do not have to be a member to sign up for these sessions.

Alternatively, if you have a little bit of experience and are happy to join us on the river, then you can choose to start by attending our "Continuing Development" course, which takes place on the River Aire outside our clubhouse in Kirkstall. The course takes place over 4 consectuive weeks, and sessions are held on a Saturday morning from 10am-12pm. We will recap the skills we cover in our pool sessions, but develop them a bit further, and start to introduce you to the basics of gentle moving water. To cover the cost for this course, we ask that everyone attending signs up for club membership. This means that for £35 for an individual or £45 for a family, you get 4x 2h coached sessions.

To book yourself onto one of our introductory sessions, please click on one of the links below:

Book on Introductory Session - Armley Pool
Book on Continuing Development Course - River Aire

Add your chosen course date to the basket, then proceed to checkout. It should then present you with a page where it asks you to login or register. Fill out the registration form to create your account with us, then complete the checkout process to secure your place.

* New Members with previous experience *

If you feel like you can do already do most of the skills we cover in our beginners course or continuing development course, you can choose to skip these and join us straight onto our regular pool sessions, midweek river sessions (run April to September), and Sunday trips. If you want to do this, just let us know by clicking on this link to email us with a brief description of your experience, and we will get back to you. We are happy for to come along for a few sessions to see if you enjoy paddling with us before we ask you to join as a member

Join Online

If you decide you want to continue paddling with us after your introductory pool sessions, or start with us on our Continuing Development course, then we ask that you become a member of the club. The club has on online membership system where you can fill in your membership form and pay your membership fees online. This is the clubs preferred method for members to join/renew. Boat bay fees, weekend trips, socials and other events can also be signed up for and paid for through the site. (You can still use the online system but choose to pay by cash or cheque if you wish.) Click the link below to visit our membership site:

Leeds Canoe Club - Membership Site

Membership Costs

Membership runs for twelve months from the date of purchase

Current membership rates are:

  • Adult Membership £35
  • Student Membership £25
  • Child Membership (up to 18 Yrs) £15
  • Family Membership £45
  • Current fee per kayak in the boat bay is £20
  • Current fee per Open Canoe in the boat bay is £30
  • BCU Insurance - £3 Adults per year, £2 Children per year

Membership Categories

All membership categories include:

  • Use of club kit for organised club sessions. i.e. Boats, Paddles, Helmets, Spray Decks, Buoyancy Aids.
  • Attendance of all club Sunday or Weekend trips (providing the trip is appropriate for your paddling experience)
  • Attendance of all club social events
  • Discount at Robin Hood Watersports
  • Eligibility to apply for a Club Training Grant (after 12 months)

Full Membership: This gives the holder full voting rights and is only available to those over the age of 18

Student Membership: This entitles anyone in full time education (University or College) a reduced membership price. The holder carries the same rights as that of a full member.

Family Membership: This entitles the holder, partner, and two of their children, (additional children £5 each), under the age of 18 to use the clubs facilities; the holder also carries the right of a full member.

Child Membership - This entitles the holders children to use club facilities. The holder also has full voting rights

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