SVCC Coaching

Club chairman Dave Thomas with a number SVCC members who are also BCU qualified coaches are able to accommodate a large variety of skill levels from complete beginners getting in a kayak for the first time to experienced kayakers looking to improve their technique, or gain access to more advanced training.

SVCC also have many members predominantly interested in open boating.

Coaching is available both at our indoor pool sessions, at our flat water sessions, and on our moving water trips.

SVCC run pool sessions at Stratford Park Leisure Centre suitable for all levels of skill.

During the autumn, winter and spring these are the indoor pool on alternate saturday evenings. During the summer these move to the outdoor pool and are held on alternate Thursday evenings.

SVCC also deliver flat water coaching sessions for members on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal and the River Wye, as well as coaching on moving water at Symonds Yat Rapids. 

These will be for both open boat and kayak skills for those aiming towards the 2* award, and for beginners/intermediates wanting to develop their skills.

Normal meeting point for canal sessions will be either Saul Junction car park (near the cafe), or the canal car park at Purton.

For further information please contact Andy Macdonald on 07762 551559 or email, or Dave Thomas on 01453 860047  or email.


Occasionally external service providers are used where club coaches are not appropriately qualified. For example for delivery of Foundation or White Water Safety and Rescue Training, or perhaps Freestyle Training.

For details of these courses please refer to the Trips section of the site.