CLUB NIGHT – Tuesday evenings – all year round
Tuesday is our club night. Both recreational and racing paddlers go out and even in winter there are some hardy souls on the water. Boats are launched between 6.15 and 6.45pm, and return about 8.30pm. After paddling most members go into the clubhouse for a hot meal and a drink, and are joined in winter by some of those who stayed on land. This social time is also used to make plans for paddling trips on other evenings and weekends. This is a very good time to come and meet club members.
Wednesday evenings in summer
Starter sessions run for six weeks on Wednesday evenings, starting in April, May and July. These sessions are designed for people who have not done any paddling before, and for people who have done only a small amount or perhaps it was a long time ago. Information on dates and times of these sessions is given in Introductory Sessions, where you can also book. See also the Membership page.
Tuesday evenings in summer
Paddlers with some experience will be more interested in the Tuesday coaching sessions which start in mid April. During these evenings members do all types of paddling and coaching is available. For the various options, please see Summer Coaching on the booking menu. Click here to book on a Tuesday paddling session. There are also informal touring groups on Tuesday evenings.
Tuesday & Thursday evenings – all year round
Race training starts at 6.15pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with the paddling being a mix of interval sessions on the river during summer and longer paddles on the canal during winter. Please see the Racing page for more details.
Saturday mornings – all year round
Race training takes place from 9.30 am to 11.30 on Saturdays. This is a good time to go and meet people if you are interested in starting racing.
Friday evenings – Oct to March – Pool Sessions
There are frequent paddling opportunities which are planned at relatively short notice, to take advantage of local water conditions. White water trips are mostly during the winter and touring paddles and sea kayaking trips during the summer.
As well as the structured coaching sets on Tuesday evenings there are touring paddles where paddlers can go on a journey or just practice their skills that they have learned on an introductory session. More experienced paddlers may wish to join the weirs group. Click here to book onto a club trip.
Paddling friends often get together for paddles, short or long, at the weekends or in the evenings. These are usually advertised on the Forum. This is the place to put your own trip details and invite other members to paddle.
Do you need some extra help?
Paddling is a great activity for everyone, including people with additional needs.
If you would like to join a session and need some additional help, please can you discuss it with a coach so that we can see how best we can help you.
The small print
As we are an amateur Club, run by volunteers, all our coaching sessions are for club members. You can see all the session booking options on the bookings calendar. To join the Club, please see the Membership page.
You need to be at British Canoe Union 1* standard or above to paddle with the club safely on a Tuesday evening. Tuesdays evenings are popular so you should be able to look after yourself as it can get very busy. If you have only done a small amount of paddling you are probably better off joining an introductory/starter session, which is included for no extra cost with your year’s membership subscription.