For the last few seasons we have a published a regular programme of winter trips and we follow it up with another. We have learnt from experience and your valuable feed-back, so hope this season will be better than ever. There are numerous river leaders and assistants available and we intend to try and provide at least one led trip each week through to the end of March. On the programme we indicate the day and level of experience needed for each trip. We are not going to specify the river at this stage, as river levels need to be assessed in the week before. Use the categorization to assess if the trip might be appropriate for you.
Please download and print off a copy of the programme and keep it handy. Last season we published a list of trips and sent it to everyone, following up with an email in the week before the trip. But quite a few people said there wasn’t enough notice, as sometimes we had not been specific which day was intended. We will work hard on our communication so you can plan your diary.
For each trip we need a viable group size, so if only one or two people respond the trip may not go ahead. If there is not enough river water we may substitute a surf trip, subject to conditions. If there is too much we will look for easier options. Or you may end up mountain biking if all else fails!
HOW DO I GET ON A TRIP?
The best thing is to come to the club pool sessions and chat to Sue or Pete, or other leaders shown to be leading the relevant trip. Otherwise, email or ring the River Leaders, who can assess with you the best options. Check that the clothing and gear you are proposing to use is OK. The club has good kit for hire at nominal cost if you don’t have everything, including boats.
The cut off time to book your place will be the Thursday night for a weekend paddle. We have difficulty coping with extra people turning up without notice.
Please note that all trips are subject to potential change to take account of weather and water levels.
Experienced paddlers, who may not have their 4 Star, would be most welcome to join these trips to assist and gain leadership experience.
Details of planned paddles are available via this website. Further details of individual paddles will be sent out to club members by email, generally in the week leading up to a trip. You may also find details of trips on the club’s Facebook page. Remember, you can download a printable copy of the programme which includes details of the individual trip leaders.