Equipment Requirements and Hire
The club has a selection of kayaks and canoes that can be hired for a nominal fee and included in this are paddles, buoyancy aids, spraydecks and helmets (if required). We also have a selection of dry cags and waterproofs but do recommend that club members source their own kit once they have decided that paddling is for them. (For summer paddling, just a t-shirt and shorts is often sufficient!)
Costs and Membership Fees
|Boat/Buoyancy-Aid/Spraydeck hire – Adult:||£5:00|
|Boat/Buoyancy-Aid/Spraydeck hire – Child:||£3:00|
|Pool Fee (pool training evenings):||£6:00 p.p.|
There is an additional charge of £2.50 for those wishing to join the club but who are not BCU members.
Paddlers – young and old:
Young paddlers – In addition to our weekly paddles, the club does run special sessions for youngsters – Paddlepower, which teaches basic paddling skills in a fun and friendly environment. All club coaches and committee members follow the DBS directive and we adhere to the BCU Child and Vulnerable Adult policy. We also have two junior reps on the committee and a Junior Officer who is responsible for all aspects of the junior members’ welfare.
Once the basic skills are mastered, unaccompanied children are welcome to join our weekly club paddles where they will be in the company of other keen youngsters. We do ask that contact details are left with the duty officer as children can sometimes get very cold and need to return from the paddle early.
Older paddlers – Our weekly paddle supports developing skills for those new to paddling as well as supporting an environment of sharing good practice across disciplines. The club includes members who have wide-ranging skills in open canoeing, freestyle and squirt boating, sea kayaking, touring and white water and the club acts as a hub for paddlers to find the right focus. We also organise introductions to white water trips, camping weekends and away day paddles as well as internal training and external courses.
Our aim is to have fun, be safe and share skills!
- Club Chairperson – Steve Timms
- Club Secretary – Sarah White
- Club Treasurer – Catherine Brighton
- Membership – Kyrstie J Hall
- Equipment Manager – Nick Kempson
- Events Co-ordinator – Pete Narvidge
- Junior Officer (Child Protection) – Tony Wheadon
- Senior Rep – Fred Welham
- Junior Rep(s) – Issy & Lucy (in training – James)