FAQs

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. We run Try-it days, Pool sessions, Courses, Club weekend trips, and members or temporary members can hire equipment. A list of costs can be found on the Membership page.

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.

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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!

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?

See our Events Calendar for latest details.

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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. 

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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.