Pool sessions

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, pool sessions are cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Club weekly pool session every Wednesday evening.

Also open to the general public. 

Newcomers are welcome to come along and try kayaking, and be shown basic safety procedures. Club members and experienced guests are encouraged to practice and improve their paddling technique. 

Those over 16 must be able to swim 50 metres fully clothed. Children between 12 - 16 years old are welcome as long as they are able to swim 25 metres, and accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the session.


John:     PBCC_info@yahoo.co.uk

Guy:     douglasguy03@gmail.com
Tel:        0754 837 9228

All equipment is provided. You just need to bring your fee, a swimming costume, synthetic T-shirt. A towel and a 20p piece for the locker. 

Please register in advance with John or Guy who organise the sessions 


The primary role of our pool sessions is to complete safety capsize drills in preparation for safe paddling with the Club on the Thames. We also introduce newcomers to basic paddle strokes 

If you haven't kayaked before, or have only done the occasional paddle, this the perfect place to give it a try in a relaxed session. You can try out the boats and experience paddling in a warm controlled environment.

We need to take you through safety drills, rescue procedures and basic skills before you go out on the Thames. We will not allow you paddle on the Thames with us until you have successfully completed them. Normally after 3 pool sessions, newcomers have made sufficient progress to paddle with us on the Thames.

See attached below is our skills summary you will be taken through.

We check that you can safely get out of your kayak in case of a capsize. This is very easy, but it's essential that you have the confidence to do this in the event of a capsize on a river or in the sea. You may find this video helpful.

3 stages of training
  • Basic safety and rescue in preparation for paddling on the river; wet exits, spray deck tests, 'eskimo rescues' and deep water rescues. 
  • Basic paddling; forward paddling, emergency stops and reverse paddling, low brace support to avoid capsize, sweep strokes, 
  • More advanced strokes, low brace turn and bow rudders, support strokes. 

Once the above is completed we can offer advice and assistance on advanced rescue skills and rolling. 

Experienced Paddlers

We use our pool session to check newcomers with prior experience are competent to paddle with us on the Thames. Come along to the pool to improve your paddling skills and rolling. 

The pool is very useful to practice safety and rescue and advanced strokes. If you have any particular skills that you wish acquire please contact us before the session.

At the session
Please arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand to register and pay George at the beginning of the session. He will be at the right of the entrance door when you enter.

Once changed, go into the pool area, and turn right to the end of the pool. The boats are stored in a secure area outside the back door. We will help you choose a suitable kayak, spray deck and paddle. If you are new, someone will help you adjust the kayak before getting onto the water.

Session Costs – Cash only please

£8 – PBCC member
£4 – Junior members
£12 – Guests
£7 – Junior Guest

Start Time
20:30 – 21:30 every Wednesday throughout the year.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand at 20:00

Bloemfontein Road
Shepherds Bush. W12 7DB

Janet Adegoke centre Pool – W12 7DB

Transport & Parking
There is good off-street parking inside the sports centre grounds at £2 for two hour. £1.80 of this is refunded by the centre if you present the parking ticket stub to the reception desk.

Bus 283 runs past the Centre. Tube lines White City and Wood Lane are both are 12 minutes away by foot.
Richard Bate,
21 Nov 2017, 09:39