Washburn Tour 4th September – Paddling and Help Needed

6b5cWe are running the tour event at the River Washburn on Sunday 4th September. The Washburn is a dam controlled grade 3 river near Harrogate. To run this we need people to help:

  • Collect fees off paddlers
  • Provide a cafe for the event
  • Setting up first thing, and checking the river is clear
  • Packing away after
  • Piloting less experienced in the duo
  • Coaching / leading paddlers throughout the day

Help is needed throughout the day between 8am and 5pm.   Ideally we need enough helpers to allow everyone to do just a couple of hours and enjoy the paddling the rest of the time.

Offers of help with these roles to Christine Brown please volunteers@halifaxcanoe.org.uk.

About Paddling on the day:

Paddling: The Washburn is fast flowing and for experienced white water paddlers only. But, we want as many club paddlers to join in as possible so we hope to have a few of our coaches available to lead and coach groups on the river.  However we need to organise this so each coach is only working with small group and ensure everyone who needs support on the water gets some time with a coach to develop their skills on this grade of water  – and importantly so that our coaches get a bit of time for a break and to play themselves. So the Paddling options are as follows:

Experienced paddlers you’ll be familiar with paddling on the Washburn or similarCome along get together with other similar paddlers and enjoy the day.  Please see the note below about help needed with taking people in the duo – email Les Ford if you can help.

Intermediate white water paddlers – you’ll be used to paddling and hitting eddies at the club and paddled other with water riversOur coaches will work with you to introduce you to the Washburn and develop your skills for this level of river. 

Topo Duo rides this is for those that aren’t ready to take on the fast flowing water of the Washburn on their own yet (i.e. on the current beginners courses). We’d like to offer you the chance to experience it in a two-seater Topo Duo with an experienced paddler in the back. You or your parents will need to help carry the boat back up to the top.  We need experienced paddlers to help us offer this – email Les Ford if you can help.  Also  let Les know if you are coming for a Duo ride so we know numbers 

There is a charge of £10 per person (£6 juniors) to paddle for the day.