The club has lots of equipment available for everyone to try. We have a good range of kayaks and open boats. There are also stand up paddle boards, sit on tops, racing boats, coracles - the list goes on!

If you are just starting out we recommend you try lots of different boats and paddles before purchasing anything (club members also get discounts from local suppliers).

What to wear?

To get started in paddling you only need a few basic items of clothing to keep you warm and comfortable:    

  • An insulating layer

  • • Synthetic thermals, fleeces and tracksuit bottoms (non-cotton) are ideal as they are lightweight and dry quickly.

  • • Several thin layers are better than one thick layer as more insulating air is trapped to regulate body temperature

  • • You can add/remove layers until you feel comfortable.

  • • A wetsuit can form part of this insulation, but fleeces and thermals are normally more comfortable.

  • • DO NOT WEAR JEANS – they soak up a lot of water and become very heavy when wet.

  • • A waterproof/windproof outer layer.

  • • An old waterproof jacket is ideal to keep the wind off and prevent splashes.
    This layer is important to combat wind-chill (when the wind cools you down – especially when you are wet)

  • Footwear
  • • Lightweight trainers or plimsolls are good as long as they are not too bulky.
  • • These will protect your feet on the bank and in the water.
  • • Keep laces short.
  • • If you have neoprene wet-suit-boots then those are ideal.
  • • Flip-flops are not suitable as when they fall off your feet will be unprotected
  • NEVER PADDLE IN BARE FEET

  • A warm hat

  • A woolly beanie type hat will keep your head warm
    It is easily removed if you get too hot.

  • A towel and a change of clothes for after the session

  • As with all watersports there is always a possibility that you may get wet. It is advisable that you bring a towel so you can have a shower after paddling. There are changing rooms and hot showers at the centre.

  • WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE YOU EAT - RIVER  WATER CONTAINS HARMFUL BACTERIA

Seasonal Variations

In the summer a t-shirt and shorts may be suitable attire, but remember that conditions can change quickly - especially if the wind picks up or when the sun starts to go down so you need to be prepared. In winter, a few extra layers and keeping dry is the key to staying warm. We paddle throughout the year, but specialist kit becomes more important in the colder months

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