Schools and groups canoeing at IBC

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Meet the team

All our staff are fully qualified and forst aid trained.

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Age and group sizes

Our sessions are aimed at young people aged nine to 19 who can swim 25m in light clothing. Our group ratios for kayaking, canoeing and bellboating are 12 per instructor. It is possible to accommodate more than one at a time in multiples of 12. Mountain biking is for groups of eight and powerboating for groups of three. We welcome groups or individuals with special needs. To ensure safety it may be necessary to reduce the group size for people with special needs, disabilities or challenging behaviours.

Activities available

We offer a range of water-based activities. These include canoeing, kayaking, bellboats, powerboating, mountain biking and narrowboat trips. A whole day will include two or more of these activities. The group members should wear old clothes and shoes and bring a full change of clothes, shoes and a towel. If the weather is sunny, a cap and sun screen is advisable.

We can also offer first aid courses – please contact us for more information.

About visiting staff

Whilst the Islington Boat Club takes full responsibility for watersports activities, visiting workers are reminded that when not under watersports tuition they are expected to supervise their own group. Visiting workers are not only welcome, but encouraged, to participate with their own young people in watersports activities. You are reminded, however, that Islington Boat Club cannot be responsible for the safe-keeping of valuable items.

About booking sessions

School bookings may be made directly with the Club through the schools booking form. Please telephone first to discuss your requirements and availability. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Bookings cancelled must give a full week’s notice; otherwise you will still be liable for the full fee.

Bookings will not be confirmed until a booking form has been received.

If, for any reason, your group is unable to come, please let us know as soon as possible.

An indemnity form must be completed prior to the start of the session. This can be downloaded with the booking form.

All visiting groups will need to complete an Indemnity Form.

Cost:

Two hour session for up to 12 pupils = £95

This price is reduced to £480 if schools book sessions in a block of six weeks

School provision

School session provision started in 1972 and, since then, tens of thousands of local children have attended sessions here. We also have considerable experience working with excluded young people who are sent to us via local pupil referral units.

We have a large fleet of canoes and kayaks for one to three people or bellboats for 12 people. Powerboats carry three people and the narrowboat 12. All our equipment is maintained to an excellent standard as safety is our number one priority.

Our instructors are all experienced and qualified coaches with British Canoe Union, Royal Yachting Association, Mountain Bike Award Scheme or Bikeability qualifications. All staff have enhanced DBS checks and are first aid trained.

Schools watersports take place all year round. Protective clothing is provided for inclement weather conditions. The wearing of buoyancy aids is compulsory for all water-based activities. The centre has hot showers and separate changing facilities.

For more information please email schools@islingtonboatclub.com

FAQs for schools and groups

At what age children can be brought for sessions at The Club?

Our sessions are aimed at young people aged nine to 19 who can swim 25m in light clothing.

What sized groups can be accommodated and what are the trainer/pupil ratios?

Our group ratios for kayaking, canoeing and bellboating are 12 per instructor, It is possible to accommodate more than one at a time in multiples of 12. Mountain biking is for groups of eight and powerboating for groups of three. We welcome groups or individuals with special needs. To ensure safety it may be necessary to reduce the group size for people with special needs or disabilities.

What activities are available?

We offer a range of water-based activities. These include canoeing, kayaking, bellboats, powerboating, mountain biking, and narrowboat trips. A whole day will include two or more of these activities. The group members should wear old clothes and shoes and bring a full change of clothes, shoes and a towel. If the weather is sunny, a cap and sun screen is advisable. 
We can also offer first aid courses – please contact us for more information.

Do visiting staff bear responsibility for the supervision of their pupils when on site?

While the Islington Boat Club takes full responsibility for watersports activities, visiting workers are reminded that when not under watersports tuition they are expected to supervise their own group. Visiting workers are not only welcome, but encouraged, to participate with their own young people in watersports activities. You are reminded, however, that Islington Boat Club cannot be responsible for the safe-keeping of valuable items.

How do schools go about making a booking?

Bookings may be made directly with the Club through the schools booking form. Please telephone the Club first to discuss your requirements and availability. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Bookings cancelled must give a full week’s notice, or will still be liable for the full fee. Bookings will not be confirmed until a booking form has been received. If, for whatever reason, your group is unable to come, please let us know as soon as possible.
An indemnity form must be completed prior to the start of the session. This can be downloaded with the booking form.

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