The Club caters for all, so depending on your experience, the personal equipment you have at your disposal and the length of our waiting list there are slightly different ways to get involved. Click on the appropriate link below to find out how we cater for you …
- Where do you paddle?
- How do I know what’s going on?
- How do I find out where you meet?
- Do I need my own boat to join?
- I would like to start building up my kit but what should I get first?
- Do you cater for canoeing and kayaking?
- What do I get for my membership fee?
- What is the minimum age for members?
- How does family membership work?
- Do you paddle all year round?
- Can we take our own boats into the pool?
- Do you enter competitions?
More information on getting into Canoeing and Kayaking is available from Canoe England here
I have never paddled before and have no kit but it looks good fun
That’s why we do it. To get you going we run ‘Go Canoeing’ sessions throughout the Summer on the River Avon at Pershore. One of these sessions would be an ideal way to meet us and see if paddling is for you. Please contact the Go Canoeing Co-ordinator and complete the form on our Come and Try It page Come and Try it page to book a place on the next session. Unfortunately places can be limited and we have to make a small charge for ‘Go Canoeing’ sessions to cover temporary membership and insurance.
To get you beyond the basics we run regular introductory courses to cover the skills and drills to ensure you are safe on the water and get the most out of your paddling. We run kayaking courses in a nice warm local swimming pool through the winter. The Summer brings canoe and kayak courses based on the River Avon at Pershore.
Courses are generally run when there is sufficient demand so contact the Go Canoeing Co-ordinator to find out when the next course is running, book a place or join the waiting list.
To bring you up to date with the latest skills and modern equipment we would recommend attending one of introduction courses. A high ratio of coaches on our courses allows us to tailor the syllabus to the individual so you won’t be held back if you realise the old skills are still there. Please contact the Go Canoeing Co-ordinator to find out when the next course is running, book a place or join the waiting list.
Canoeing is a fantastic way to get the whole family on the water and we run many activities that are ideal for doing this. If you have young children open canoes allow the family to paddle together. Kayaks normally become more appealing as the children get older and stronger and give a bit of independence.
We generally find parents are a little more comfortable (and maybe less embarrassed) if they have a few sessions first and then bring the children along when they have a bit more confidence. If parents are less experienced paddlers then we would recommend they complete an introductory course in the pool over the winter season ready to take the family on Club events the following summer.
The majority of our junior members paddle with their families and as such we are limited on the numbers of juniors we can accommodate at any one time. Our philosophy is quality not quantity so when we have capacity we run junior courses to ensure each new intake of juniors get a solid start.
In between Junior courses we run come and try it sessions throughout the Summer on the River Avon at Pershore to see if juniors want to sign up for an introductory course. Please contact the Go Canoeing Co-ordinator to find out when the next come and try it session is on. For your reassurance all of our courses are run by British Canoe Union (BCU) qualified coaches and are CRB checked.
As many of our activities are away from the base at Pershore we do rely on parents for transportation (including boats) so we often find parents tend to get involved on the water sooner or later.
We have paddlers of all abilities so there will always be a group for you to progress with but we also run a mentoring scheme run by our ‘Paddle Sport Development’ officers where our more senior coaches work with you to set longer term goals and find ways to get there. Just contact the Go Canoeing Co-ordinator and arrange for a good time to come and meet us.
We always keen to meet paddlers of all abilities whether it is just looking for people to paddle with or to get in involved with coaching and mentoring. Paddling for our more advanced paddlers tends to be a little more adhoc as it depends so much on the rain fall but if conditions are right you can normally find some paddling buddies. To encourage this we run a text service to notify members of last minute trips and modifications to the programme. If you want to come and meet us have a look at the programme to find out what we are doing and just contact the Go Canoeing Co-ordinator secretary to check details.
During the Summer months we meet on Thursday evenings on the River Avon around Pershore or occasionally on the Severn or Teme. Weekend trips can be further afield (although we do sometimes take the opportunity to complete longer trips on our local waters), kayak surfing in South Wales or Sea kayaking around our Western shores. The Teme and Lugg are popular regular trips but we also travel regularly to Mid and North Wales and down to Dartmoor. The Club occasionally organise trips to Scotland and we have been to the French Alps.
The Club publishes a programme every three months listing all the planned trips and events. The programme can be found on the Club’s website as a pdf download or an on line calendar that can be synchronised with your PC or smart phone. Details for each event are included in the programme but most importantly each event has a coordinator who you should contact if you are attending or need more details. A ‘future events’ section is included within the programme to allow people to plans more committing trips and events.
In addition to the published programme short notice events are often organised to make the best of water conditions. Club members are notified of these last minute events by a text service which is free to members.
Our programme list all the events and includes the venues. Details of our common venues and popular river trips are shown on the Club’s website.
Owning your own boat is not essential but your paddling progression generally accelerates once you have a boat. One of the limiting factors on the number of new members is the available number of club boats. For these reasons we generally encourage members to become self sufficient in terms of boats and equipment.
Although it may sound a little selfish, we would generally suggest starting with a reasonable quality paddling cag and then build up your personal clothing. This approach will ensure you enjoy your paddling while you decide on a boat and other kit. As you progress and no longer need club kit this allows us to welcome new members.
Yes. We have a fleet of kayaks and canoes at our base in Pershore and run a range of trips and courses for both canoes and kayaks.
What do I get for my membership fee
In addition to inclusion in all communications, Club membership allows use of Club equipment, subsidised pool session fees and equipment discounts with local paddling retailers. Club members also receive free coaching and contributions towards the cost of coaching awards if they commit to coaching within the Club.
What is the minimum age for members?
Junior members need to be 14 to paddle without a parent or guardian on the water. There is no minimum age if paddling with a parent or guardian providing the trip and prevailing conditions are suitable for juniors ability, build an equipment.
One adult member of the family joins the Club as the ‘principle family member’. Any other family member or partner who is resident at that address can then become family members. Only the principle family will receive club communications and text updates. Children of the principle family member living at another address can be added as family members but all correspondence will be via the main address.
The Club meet on Thursday evening throughout the year. In the Summer months we paddle on the River around Pershore and then in the Winter months move to pool sessions in Worcester. River trips take place at weekends throughout the year with more advanced trips in the winter months (due to the generally better water levels) and general touring sessions through the Summer.
We have a complete fleet of kayaks specifically for use in the pool but personal boats can be used providing they are immaculately clean inside and out and the internal buoyancy is not shedding bits. We only bring open canoes the pool for specific activities as there is generally not enough room to use them in a general session.
We do not have dedicated discipline sections but do enter occasional competitions for fun. We have entered local polo leagues, slaloms and completed the Liffey Descent a few years ago.