The club welcomes junior paddlers and has additional arrangements for young paddlers. For their safety and well being, special rules apply to Junior paddling to ensure proper supervision and support for juniors at all times. The club’s Child Welfare Officers are Peter Walsh and Mike Brown, and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have on supervision etc.
Reduced rates are available for Junior and Family subscriptions. The club does not have a minimum age for paddlers, however they should be good swimmers. A good time to start tends to be when the youngster can hold a paddle comfortably and is keen to get started. If you have younger children you may wish to use the open boats where you can put the whole family in one boat. You will find helpful advice on junior paddling here.
Under 12 paddlers
Paddlers aged under 12 are welcome to paddle at the club provided they are accompanied on the water by a parent / guardian or family friend. The best time to paddle with the club is on Saturday afternoons at 2pm when there are several families paddling during the summer.
Paddlers aged 12 to 17
Paddlers aged 12 to 17 are welcome to paddle at the club and on club trips unaccompanied on the water by a parent or guardian, and be members of the club.
Parental Consent Forms are required to be signed for junior paddlers, in both racing and recreational disciplines.
Children deserve our special care, and we therefore have various policies in place to support and protect them. All our club coaches are are registered as coaches with the British Canoeing, and vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). You may also wish to be reassured by looking at our Child Protection Policy. Our club coaches all have appropriate first aid and safety training. We ask parents to be responsible for their child / children’s travel arrangements. The club is unable to provide transport; please see Transport to Club Away Trips. Members are asked to abide by the relevant Codes of Conduct for Juniors and Parents.