Thursday 30 May 2002 6.23pm
The Westminster Boating Base do beginners' canoeing sessions on Tuesday evenings 6 - 9pm. (arraive no later than 5.45 pm. to have time to get changed) You will need a complete change of warm clothing including footwear - trainers are ok to begin with, a wind proof top and a towel. Buoyancy aids are provided. The cost is £6 per year if you are 23 or under or £7.50 per session if you are older than this.
W.B.B. teach sailing too but this is mainly for the youth members - beginners' night is Wednesday, same times and prices. Adults have to book onto a course. Very rarely do the sailers go down river of Lambeth Bridge
because of the currents, river traffic and other obstacle - pontoons moorings etc, but the canoeists often go to Tower Bridge and paddle back through central London to Pimlico. They also go the other way - to Putney. Trips depend on the currents, tides and the paddling skills of the group.
Their number is 020 - 7821 7389. I know them well as I am one of their volunteer instructors.
So if anyone's interested - it's great fun and a very unique way to see London!