I'm new to the club, how can I get involved?
If you're new, the best way to get involved is by popping along to one of the pool sessions, or come along to a "try-it" day. You don't have to be a member to attend any of the pool sessions, and new visitors get 3 "temporary membership" days before choosing whether to become a member or not.
Why not get in contact and let us know you're coming. We can then arrange for a coach to meet you, and if you want, help you learn some new skills!
How much will everything cost in total?
There's no single answer to this question, as it entirely depends on the equipment you already own, and how much you want to get involved with the club, but generally speaking the costs include:
Try-it days - £5 per day, including all equipment and insurance. These usually happen 3 times a year, everyone welcome. You don't have to wait for a try-it day though, you can visit and try the club anytime - new visitors get 3 'temporary membership' days before choosing whether to join as a member or not, and these are £12 per session for adults and £8 for juniors/students.
Membership - Membership costs vary, but an adult membership is £65 per year. There are discounts available for families, children, and students. If you're not a British Canoeing Member, there will be an additional £6 charge.
Maintenance Fee - £30 - If you can offer 10 hours or more per year of voluntary help, then you will be exempt from this fee.
Equipment hire - £7 per day for adults, if you don't have any equipment, or only some equipment and therefore need to hire some from the club. If you have your own equipment, there's no charge!
Pool sessions - These are £5 per time, and include all equipment hire and pool entry. You don't ever have to be a member to join a pool session. If you have your own equipment please do bring it, but you will still have to pay £5 for entry.
Club weekend trips - Sometimes we choose to paddle a bit further afield, such as Wales, Devon, or Yorkshire! These trips are entirely optional and costs vary, the costs depend on numbers, location, dates etc. but can range anywhere from £35 - £150.
Do you run any courses?
We run one day Introductory courses once a month from April to September. Suitable for all age groups and families. For details and dates and application form click here
Paddlers are given support, guidance and tips to develop skills at each club paddle. Trips are run to build experience.
BCU 1 and 2 star tests are offered to members during year once pre required experience gained.
Paddle Power for under 14s can be offered to those who want to register with BCU. We have a qualified, authorised coach available. This is a student led course. Each skill and step has guidance and or video examples to check. Requires on line link and request from students to coach for training and approval confirmation of knowledge/ skills gained. Once all completed a certificate can be printed by student.
What do I need to bring with me and wear to canoe?
At the club
At our club - This is based on the Wey Navigation canal most of which is 1.2m (4ft) deep or less. You will need to bring a towel and a set of dry clothes for after paddling, including some dry shoes.
What you need to wear while paddling will depend on the time of year, weather, air and water temperature. It is best to think of having extra layers if cold. At least shorts and man-made fibre T shirt and closed toed shoes (i.e. not open toed sandals or Crocs.) Light thin soled old trainers, school type plimsolls (laced if possible) or wet suit type shoes are best. Long tracksuit type trousers (not jeans) and long sleeve sports shirts or fleece in addition if colder. The club has all kayaks, canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and wind proof cags. Hire of these is included in the course or hire fees.
At Woking Pool
At Woking Pool –Just a swimming costume for the pool and towel for after.
At Guildford Lido?
At Guildford Lido. Your own boat, paddle and ideally a spray-deck. The pool is heated but in the open so apart from towel and swimming costume, additional layers and windproof cag are strongly recommended if windy and cool.
I've never paddled before... Help!
We welcome all paddlers, whether you're completely new or really experienced. If you're entirely new, it might be best to use a try-it day, or pool session to see if you like it. Then we can get you booked on a course, where you'll learn fun new skills, make new friends, and be assessed to take your BCU qualifications.
We have loads of coaches at the club who are all happy to help, so don't be afraid to give it a go! Likewise, if you're an experienced paddler and want to improve skills, try new disciplines, or meet a group who enjoy kayaking all year round then please do get in touch!
Are families welcome?
Families are most definitely welcome. We have loads of families who are members at the club, and enjoy paddling regularly.
Age ranges at the club vary, from Adults, young adults, and teenagers, to children, and younger years. It is important to note, that anyone under 18 will need to have a parental consent form signed by their parents/legal guardian.
Is there parking?
Parking is available at the club, if the car park is full from parents dropping off, please wait as spaces should become available.
Please be respectful of our neighbours and try not to block any driveways.
Do you paddle year-round?
We paddle throughout the year, with exception to Christmas where we have one last "Christmas paddle" before we break-up until the New Year.
We love paddling in all conditions, although in Winter months it will be necessary for you to own the correct gear such as a dry/wet suit, a dry cag, thermals etc.
If you want to paddle year-round but just hate the cold... why not just attend our weekly pool sessions?
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