Regular features and one-off events are listed below. Details will show up on the Club Facebook page or email as we go along.
Monday – 2 Star Training
Evenings from 21 May through to 24 July. This aims to equip people new to paddling with all the basic skills and strokes you need to be a competent member of a group on placid water.This year it will include a weekend feature (23/24 June ) at Upper Tamar Lake, where we will do four sessions on open boating. There is to option to camp over, have a BBQ and enjoy a great new location with friends. The training will comprise of 10 sessions with an optional assessment. [Contact Paul Greenway].
Thursday – Indoor Pool Sessions Indoor pool sessions at West Buckland School starting again in September, for intro work and rolling etc. Email at the beginning of the week that a session is on, to members.
Thursday – 3 Star Sea Kayaking already been advertised and underway. [Contact Pete Thorn]
Friday – Kayak Surfing Friday evenings at Westward Ho! at Sandymere beach. Introduction to kayak surfing when conditions are good and waves are small. Otherwise a great opportunity for the Club to meet and cream some waves. In the case of no waves there will usually be a short coastal paddle option. Details issued weekly by email or Facebook, conditions dependent. [Contact Pat Williams, Nathan Mower, Tommo]
Ad Hoc – Junior Training Sessions
End of May onwards, introduction to moving and open water to learn some basic skills and have some fun for the juniors. Venues will be the Taw at Newbridge, Torridge at Puffing Billy, estuary and coast, very much subject to conditions. Full details will be by email. [Contact Pat Williams].
Ad Hoc Trips Short notice trips on the estuary, rivers or coast, on weekday evenings or weekends, subject to conditions. Details by Facebook and/or email.
Weekend or Weekday Evening Sea Kayak Trips Weekend or weekday evening sea kayak trips. If you are interested in getting into sea kayaks, let Pete T know and get on a circulation group. During the season we will offer introductory sessions, basic training and rescue sessions. Otherwise there will be trips at a variety of levels. Details by email to group. [Contact Pete Thorn, Clive Doe]
Dates for Your Diary
Most trips below are not official club trips but are based on a group of friends and peers. Most have already been advertised.
Gozo Sea Kayak Trip 28 May – 3 June. A peer group sea kayaking around the Maltese island of Gozo
Alps White Water Trip 2 3 June – 1 July. Not a Club trip but a group of peers, looking after themselves and each other. This is a trip for competent paddlers. Water is mainly grade 3-4. Based on car share. [Contact Kevin].
France Slalom Trip 25 June- 3 July
Not a Club trip but a group of peers, looking after themselves and each other. Paddling and camping at two slalom courses close to Lyons. Water is mainly grade 2 with some grade 3 drops. A chilled out and laid back experience. Based on car share, but people can come and go as needed. [Contact Tommo]
Upper Tamar Lake 23/24 June. This is the weekend of 2 Star open boating but camping open to others with a big lake to explore. Bring your own boat and camping gear. [Contact Paul Greenway]
Cardboard Boat Race Bideford Quay 22 July. Help required to cover safety for an hour or so. Good fun and lots of spectators.
Youth Club Sessions 26 July – 10 Aug. These are four sessions we provide for the Youth Club as a condition for using their premises. We will need club members to help run and provide safety for these sessions. More details to follow [Contact Pat Williams].
Falmouth Sea Kayak Trip 8-16 Sept. Easy and intermediate trips will be lead, advanced trips will be by peer group. Details to follow but will be based on a campsite near this stunning coastline. People can come and go, as diaries permit, joining groups exploring the coast, islands and tide races. Sea kayaks only, with some experience required. [Contact Pete Thorn]
Lundy Trip Date to be decided. A weekend camping on Lundy and circumnavigating the island by kayak. River kayaks will cross to Lundy by boat, sea kayaks will paddle there and back. A stunning weekend with scenery and wildlife but weather/tide dependent. [Details to follow]
For information on these and other short notice opportunities, keep an eye on your emails and the Club Facebook page.