Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of interest and people emailing us to find out more about the club, so we thought we'd round up a few of the regularly asked questions below:
I'd like to come to a session when are they?
We run a weekly River Session on Friday evenings 7pm to 9pm (daylight allowing) this runs from Mid April through to September, this is our 'Summer Season'.
We also run a weekly Pool Session on Sunday evenings 7-8pm at Holy Trinity School in Kidderminster, since 2018 we have run these right through the summer and winter seasons and have been hugely popular.
Do you do Canoe or Kayak lessons?
We are a relaxed and friendly club, we have a few qualified coaches who can deliver the Personal Paddle Awards, we also have a wealth of very experienced members who are always happy to help. We do not run specific lessons, but newcomers are welcome at any of our sessions and will receive a warm welcome.
Do I need my own equipment?
NO - The club has a range of kayaks and canoes and all necessary safety equipment (helmets, buoyancy aids, spraydecks and cags, even a few wetsuits) available to hire (£5 per session for non-members). Just bring clothing to get wet, a dry set and a towel - we also have changing cubicles!
I've never tried it before is this a problem?
Absolutely not, we welcome newcomers to the sport, we are happy for people to 'have a go'.
Do you cater for under 18's?
We have a range of kayaks and equipment suitable for children and are happy to provide the necessary instruction. We do require parents to be present for the sessions, this could be on the water or on the bank. Our coaches and committee members are DBS checked however we will not accept responsibility for child care, so parents must be present at all times.
How do I book onto a session?
For our river sessions you are welcome to just show up, however it is useful if you can let us know beforehand - just pop a message on the Facebook Group.
For pool sessions spaces are limited so must be pre-booked. Again this is done through the Facebook Group, each week a post is put up for that weeks session, if you would like to attend just leave a comment on the post.
Do I need to be a member?
Not at first, you can attend up to 4 taster sessions and be covered under our Public Liability Insurance, after this you would need to join the club (see the membership link for details)
What are the benefits of club membership?
Covered by 3rd Party Liability Insurance on all club activities
Open Canoe Association (OCA) membership is included
Associate membership of British Canoeing is included (Access to BC member benefits)
Free use of club equipment and boats
Reduced rates at National Whitewater Centre Wales - Afon Tryweryn (pre-booked session)
Priority booking on club trips
Free training from in-house coaches and discounted coaching from external coaches
How do I find out more?
Please have a look around the website, if you still have questions please contact us.
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