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 – Beginners’ Course
Evenings from 20 May through to late 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. (Fully booked)
Thursday – Indoor Pool Sessions Indoor pool sessions at West Buckland School resume in September, for intro work and rolling etc. Email to members at the beginning of the week that a session is on.
Thursday – Sea kayaking summer training leading to the Sea Kayak and Sea Kayak Coastal award. Commences in late June. Contact Paul Greenway for more information.
Friday – Kayak Surfing Friday evenings at Sandymere Beach, Westward Ho! or other local beaches depending on tide times. 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 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 If you are interested in getting into sea kayaking let Pete Thorn or the Club Secretary 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.
Orkneys Sea Kayak Trip 31 May – 13 June. An advanced trip to this stunning archipelago.
Club meeting 19 June at The Reds , Bideford 8 pm start.
France Slalom Trip 29 July – 6 August 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. [Fully booked]
Bideford Water Festival Cardboard Boat Race, Bideford Quay 28 July. Help required to cover safety for an hour or so. Good fun and lots of spectators.
Youth Club Sessions 25 July – 12 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].
Bideford Triathlon 18 August. Paddlers required for safety cover.
Ferret Racing 23 August A Club fund raiser to be held in Croyde Village Hall. Details to follow.
Falmouth Sea Kayak Trip 7-15 Sept. Easy and intermediate trips will be led, 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]
For information on these and other short notice opportunities, keep an eye on your emails and the Club Facebook page.