Birmingham Canoe Club was established over 60 years ago. The club is very active and is supported by a dedicated membership who organise regular trips to various different venues in the UK and Europe. We have many of coaches on hand to give instruction and guidance where necessary to help paddlers progress their skills.
Membership The club welcomes all ability levels and age levels from absolute beginners to seasoned paddlers. The club currently has members interested in white water trips to Snowdonia and further afield, relaxing flat water paddles on the Severn and Wye, some sea kayaking and the occasional open boat trip. The club also runs weekly training sessions at the swimming pool or Edgbaston Reservoir. This is a good venue to meet club members and most importantly to arrange weekend paddling trips, non-members are always welcome.
Interested? Please take a few minutes to browse this website as it holds the most up to date info on our club. Have a quick look at our forum and our Facebook page which shows just how active we are (take a look at the trips we do).
In the summer the club meet on Fridays from 18:30 at Edgbaston Reservoir for training sessions and in the winter months the club meets at on Fridays from 20:30 at Thimblemill Baths in Smethwick. Further information can be found on the Joining pages. Coming along to see us on a Friday is the best time for potential new members to meet or join the club as the coaching, river trips and membership can be arranged there. It's also a good chance to catch up on all the latest gossip. You are more than welcome to just turn up and have a chat, there's no need to book or arrange an appointment.
Pool Session Times
The current sessions are at Smethwick Baths. Sessions start at 20:30 and cost £3.50 for club members. If the evening is popular you will be required to get off the water after 45mins to allow other members the chance to paddle. However if the turnout is low then you can stay for the duration.
Our club is always looking to grow its membership and the pool always proves a popular opportunity for non-members to learn! If you wish to have a go please just turn up at 20:30 by at Smethwick Baths (address below) and ask after Birmingham Canoe Club (no appointment is necessary). The first session is free. However for the next three sessions we charge a temporary membership of £5.50 and there is no additional charge to borrow club kayaks and paddles.
Unfortunately we are only able to accept four separate visits on a temporary membership before joining the club would be required. This is not Birmingham Canoe Clubs rules, but is governed by the British Canoe Union and Canoe England.
Smethwick Swimming Centre