Winter Paddling Opportunities

Summer sessions are finished for another year I’m afraid, but there’s still opportunities to get out paddling.

Club sessions

DSCF1321Keep a look out for our informal paddling sessions at the club on various weekends (usually Sundays).  These are more informal than summer river sessions.  They are not coached sessions so only suitable for those who completed a beginner course with the club and above. However there will usually be some-one around to look after those that need it and give you some pointers. More experienced paddlers will probably simply get together and paddle in a group.

You should be able to paddle on the flat water and/or white water as appropriate to your experience and depending on the river levels.

For dates keep checking on the website events page.

River trips

eb41As the rain falls in winter we will again be running a range of river trips through the winter months led by our experienced coaches. There will be a mix of trips for different levels of experience. Dates are up on the website already and full information for each trip will be appearing over the next few weeks. The full details will include where the trip is, what it is like and the paddling ability level the trip is aimed at – if in doubt contact the trip leader.  Also, we need people to let the trip leader know they are coming, this is so we can advise of any last minute changes of plans (if there is too much or too little water in the river!) and because on some trips numbers may be limited (because of the number of coaches available).

Pool sessions

We are having a real problem finding a pool to use this winter – or at least one that is available at a reasonable time for paddlers and coaches to be able to commit to being their regularly. We are still following up a couple of options. We’ll let members know as an when we get anything confirmed.

Slalom paddling

The slalom training sessions will continue through the winter on a Thursday evening along with weekend opportunities at the club and with Yorkshire Slalom. Contact Les or Sarah Ford for details (

Independent Paddling

Depending on your experience you may want to get out on the water as a family or with a group of fellow paddlers. As a club we very much want to help and support more people to get out on the water more often, which includes getting you to a level where you can head out safely with other members for a paddle – without a coach!! If this is of interest read the additional information on Independent Paddling at the Club.

For experienced paddlers there may be an informal paddling group getting together to paddle on the white water course on an evening – more details to follow . . .available).