- Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:50
- Published: Monday, 15 October 2012 12:59
- Written by Michael Stringer
As club members you have various options open to you as to how you develop your paddling. For those who are new to paddling but want a structured approach the Wednesday night white water sessions is a fantastic way to develop your canoeing ability. For others, a more informal approach of Tuesday night and Sunday morning club session might be more appropriate. In addition the club organises BCU training and assessment courses.
Tuesday night training
In the early evening the slalom course is used by the Marlins canoe slalom group, so either walk upstream to the ‘looping pool’ or wait until 7pm to get on the main club section. Tuesday night is a busy club night; it is a time when fellow club paddlers will encourage you to develop your skills on the white water at the club. If you are hiring equipment it is hired on a first come first served basis.
Sunday morning training
These sessions are not as busy; they start at 10am and finish at 12.30pm. Club volunteers will be around to give you some tips and keep an eye on you. An ideal time for you to practice your skills! At times the river levels might not be appropriate for individual’s level of skill; the duty officer will help you in that decision.
Wednesday night white water coaching
This is a fabulous opportunity to be coached by highly qualified coaches who wish to develop your paddling ability whilst increasing your river running experience. Regular attendance is required and a commitment to paddle on river trips at the weekend is also expected. All canoeing equipment is provided, though many invest in personal canoe clothing as the course develops. This training is suitable for those who are new to the sport and also those who perhaps feel they need to develop their skills so they can really enjoy the club trips. Because of the demands of the course over 18’s only and prior arrangement is required. These training sessions run from April to September, every Wednesday warmed up and on the water at 7pm until 9pm. If you are interested in attending this training pop down and have a chat with the coaches.
Want to compete against other paddlers instead of just against the river? The club has a thriving Canoe Slalom group which trains regularly at the club site. New members are welcome to join in sessions and most paddlers are happy to introduce people to the sport.
If you are a junior paddler (aged between 8 and 13) looking for something more challenging then why not try the Marlins? The Marlins provide the opportunity to train and compete nationally for the club. Some of our former Marlins have even gone on to train with the GB junior squads!