About Totnes Canoe Club
Totnes Canoe Club is an informal group of recreational paddlers run by volunteers. Our main interests are white-water kayaking, surfing and sea kayaking, although we do have some open canoeists amongst our members. We are privileged to have some great river estuaries and beautiful coastline within easy reach, and in the river Dart we have probably the best white-water river in the south of England. The Exe, Tamar, Barle and other rivers in the area are also worth visiting. The south coast of Devon is not noted for surf but occasionally Bantham will produce good surfing, while North Devon and North Cornwall's excellent surfing beaches are not far away.
We welcome new members of any age and ability we can even provide extra stable 2-seat boats for anyone with a physical disability who would like to try kayaking.
What do we do?
Each month we have a practice session at Totnes Pavilions swimming pool on the last Saturday of the month, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a good time to come along and meet the club members. Bring your swimming kit and a towel to join in!
In the summer (starting around the end of April) we run British Canoe Union (BCU) beginners (1-star), intermediate (2-star) and more advanced (3-star) training courses for kayak on the river Dart at Totnes. We welcome everyone, both adults and juniors (from 11 years old), onto these courses. They provide an introduction to kayaking and teach basic skills and safety.
Other summer club activities include surfing, estuary and sea trips, plus the occasional barbeque.
In the autumn when the white-water season starts we run a set of graded introductory trips on the Dart for those who have reached 2-star level.
In the winter, a group of club members will be paddling one of the local rivers most weekends. See our Training & Events Programme for details and dates.
What does it cost?
Please see our Fees page for current charges for membership, training and trips.
Club membership provides access to the club equipment, advice and training, club trips and events and BCU third-party insurance for canoeing activities.
You can attend one pool session as a guest but should become a club member after that time.
What equipment does the club have?
- 30+ plastic single kayaks, from big stable ones to modern playboats.
- 12+ plastic single Junior size kayaks.
- 12 pool boats for the swimming-pool sessions
- 4 Open Canoes (Canadians).
- 5 Touring / sea kayaks.
- 1 "Topolino duo" 2-seat white-water kayak
- Paddles, bouyancy aids (PFD's), spraydecks, helmets and safety equipment, marine radio for sea trips.
- Library of reference books and DVD's
How does the club operate?
Totnes Canoe Club operates entirely through the services of volunteers, the coaches
are all BCU certified, but give their time and services for free.
You can access the club policy documents on the Forms Page.