Membership Information

I’m keen to try kayaking to see if I like it

If you’re keen to give kayaking a go then great! Nomad Kayak Club caters for complete novices with our Nomad Paddle Start Course, a 3 hour fun and practical introduction to paddlesport earning you a Paddle UK Start award with which you can also join our club.

In most cases you will need to be aged 10 or above to be able to participate safely, although the main requirement is height – a kayak requires a certain amount of the body to be above the top of the cockpit in order to paddle.

Prior to attending your Nomad Paddle Start Course there’s some paperwork and it’s important this is completed as otherwise we can’t allow anyone to take to the water. When you’ve completed this course you can paddle twice at our Sunday recreational sessions before having to take out membership.

Canoeing is a water sport and with this in mind we’ve put together a useful guide for anyone taking a course, which you’ll be sent prior to attending. Getting wet is likely and a number of items of clothing / kit are recommended. If you’re unsure what to bring to keep you warm and safe, please email for some advice.

Please note that 10/11 year olds must be accompanied on the water by an adult and that 12/13 year olds must have an adult within the Aquadrome.

I’m ready to join Nomad Kayak Club as a new member

If you’re an experienced and qualified paddler wanting to become a full member of Nomad Kayak Club we suggest you pop down to see us and our facilities and what we can offer. One of our Committee members can tell you about the Club and check you’ll be able to join directly.

If you’re a novice, please book yourself a place on our fun, 3 hour Nomad Paddle Start Course, which costs £45 and gives you the practical introduction to paddlesport and the basic skills you’ll need to join our club and start enjoying our recreational paddling sessions.

First year membership cost is reduced pro-rata, depending on how long after the beginning of the year you apply to join. Our membership year runs from April to March.

I wish to renew my NKC membership

For 2024/2025 renewals, click here to renew. 

I want to speak to someone regarding membership

Canoe PoloIf after reading this you still have some unanswered questions, please make contact our Membership Officer by emailing and they will be happy to talk you through the club.

They may also put you in contact with various other committee members who have responsibility for specific areas or disciplines within the club that relate to your questions.

Paddle UK Membership

In 2000 the British Canoe Union (BCU) federalised to become the National Governing Body for the Home Nation Associations in England (CE), Scotland (SCA), Wales (WCA) and Northern Ireland (CANI). In 2014 the name changed to British Canoeing and in March 2024 the organisation rebranded to become Paddle UK to represent Every Paddler, Every Craft, For Every Type of Water. 

Paddle UK is responsible for leading and setting the overall development framework for paddlesport across the National Associations; representing recreational disciplines and competitive interests in the UK and at international level.

Being a member of Paddle UK brings great benefits such as access to many of Britain’s waterways, discounts at various stores and liability insurance. For canoe polo players, Paddle UK membership is a prerequisite to enter tournaments.

To join, see the Paddle UK website.

We look forward to seeing you soon!