White Rose Canoe Club offers training by qualified coaches and highly experienced paddlers. Whether you’re a first-timer or a competent paddler, we offer the guidance you need to improve.

Informal and friendly coaching is key to our training methods. We can even work with you to achieve your British Canoeing Start, Discover and Explore Awards, helping you to become a safe and successful paddler.

Lake Sessions

For the summer months, we've negotiated the use of Roundhay Park Lake in Leeds for club members and events. This provides an ideal stepping stone for the beginner to move from the comfort of the swimming pool to outdoor water.

Our lake sessions usually run on a Tuesday evening from 5:30 pm till 8 pm during the summer.  We also have some weekend sessions during the winter which are arranged through email communication with members. 

We send out a weekly email to members allowing them to book sessions on club nights.  This makes sure that we are able to spread out the arrival of members for and allows us to guarantee the availability of boats and equipment.

For the club to continue to enjoy sessions at Roundhay Park, we must abide by certain rules for this facility. Please familiarise yourself with these rules prior to attending a lake session.

Pool Sessions

Pool sessions are held on Saturday evenings during the winter and early spring at Fearnville Sports Centre, Leeds, LS8 3LF. The sessions usually run between 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm with the changing rooms open from 4.15 pm.

When you arrive at the Sports Centre, do not pay for the session at the Reception. There will be a member of the White Rose Canoe Club waiting in the foyer to take your membership card and payment. 

If you are not a club member yet or have forgotten your membership card, you will need to sign a non-members sheet.

How about a 'Come and try' session? 

Thinking about giving it a go? Why not take part in one of White Rose Canoe Club's ‘Come and Try’ sessions?

Including all the equipment you’ll need and instruction by British Canoeing Qualified Club members, this is a great way to give the sport a go. 

All you need to do is wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions:  old clothing that is OK to get wet, some old soft shoes and maybe a cagoule to keep the wind and rain off.

We run our ‘come and try’ sessions at various times throughout the year and find they’re a great way to bring new groups of people into the sport at the same time so you can learn together.

If you’re interested, get in touch with us at and one of the committee members will get back to you with details of our next ‘come and try’ session and how to book.

Got more questions?

Take a read of our FAQs, we’re sure you’ll find all the answers you’re looking for. If you'd still like to speak to us, please do not hesitate to get in touch.