Paddlesport allows the exploration of water, an exciting environment where humans cannot normally go. The price of the fun is an inherent risk and danger. As a club, we minimise this where possible. Please read the relevant advice below.
Clothing and Personal Equipment: The important thing is to be warm and dry in cold weather, and cool and comfortable if it is hot. Wear trainers or similar, not flip flops or wellingtons – bare feet can get cut on glass. Check with coaches beforehand. All club Members wear a buoyancy aid when on the water (the only exceptions are those specified for racing paddlers). Club advice on safe practices is outlined in Paddling Procedures.
Umbrellas are optional…
Club Equipment: Boat Sheds are used for the storage of club boats and those belonging to individual members. Every boat has a sticker with the word ‘club’ or ‘member’ on it. Club boats, paddles, spraydecks etc are expensive and do need some care. Please read the advice in Use of Recreational Boats and Equipment and in Paddling Procedures on use of club equipment, putting it away and reporting damage to the boatswain.
Facilities: After paddling, members can use changing rooms with showers. The clubhouse and bar offer a hot meal on Tuesdays after the club Sessions. We share our boathouses, pontoons and clubhouse with the other members of the Exe Water Sports Association (EWSA). Please be courteous to members of other clubs as well as other members of the Canoe Club, on the water and off it.
Juniors: The Club welcomes junior paddlers; for information please see the Juniors section.
Accessibility: Do you need some extra help? Paddling is a great activity for everyone, including people with additional needs. Simple things that can make a difference include:
- Someone to carry the boat from the shed to the water’s edge.
- Help in getting into the boat e.g. a helper holding it steady while the paddler gets in.
- Individual tuition while the paddler gets the hang of things.
- Help in choosing an appropriate boat, for example a sit-on-top or open boat might build confidence before progressing to other boats.
If you would like to join a course and need some additional help please can you tell us in advance so that we can arrange for an additional coach to be allocated to the coaching sessions.
Local Rules for Canal and River: We enjoy a very special situation, effectively on a tidal river with weirs and a canal. This provides great paddling opportunities, but also requires special care. Paddlers must respect other waterway users and the members of our sister clubs in EWSA, which means following the rules of the water. We have specific procedures for paddling near and on our local weirs, some of which are now quite dangerous. It is important that you read the section on Rivers and Weirs in Paddling Procedures.
Club trips: These are held on most Saturdays and Sundays. Plans are often made the week before, depending on water conditions. There are different options depending on the type of paddling and the level of paddling skill required. If in doubt, check with a coach on Tuesday night or on the forum. Everything you need to know is in Club Trips – Info.
First aid kits: The club has three first aid kits. One is located in the racing end of the boat shed, near the light switch, one is located in MacClaines Warehouse (boatshed) and the other is located in the clubhouse, behind the bar.
Fire Assembly Point: In the event of a fire please make your way to the trailers at the back of the dive shed.