Learn to kayak with TCC - Winter sessions

Intro to White Water Information

We run this course at the start of the white-water season (starting at the end of September). It is aimed primarily at new members who have done the summer course and have reached the BCU 2-star standard and want to try white-water paddling. Other paddlers are welcome, but would need to be at the BCU 2-star skill level or better.

Where and When?

Sessions will be mainly on the River Dart. They will take place at the start of the white water season (October onwards) on Saturdays or Sundays. Venue and time for each session to be confirmed by ringing a club officer a few days in advance.

What do we do?

The "intro to white water" sessions are intended to introduce 2-star level paddlers to the excitement of moving water. We grade the trips, so typically we will use the section of the Dart from Buckfastleigh to Staverton, then River Dart Country Park to Buckfastleigh and finally, if we progress well, to the famous 'loop' section from New Bridge to River Dart Country Park. We may also do trips on the Exe and other local rivers.

What do I need to bring/wear?

We can provide the kayak, paddle, spraydeck, bouyancy aid and helmet (but if you have your own then bring them along).

What to wear: Bring a change of clothing and towel as you will get wet. The water will be cold and any wind will make you feel even colder (windchill) so it is essential that you wear suitable clothing when on the water. For clothing suggestions see What to wear.

Costs:

For reasons explained below you must be a club member. The cost of membership, and fees for training sessions and trips, are shown on the Fees page.

Safety:

There is an element of risk and you should understand this. The sessions will be accompanied by experienced kayakers with BCU level 2 or level 3 coach qualifications. However the club can only offer these sessions on the basis that participants are assumed to be paddling as a group of peers and no club member is regarded as being the group leader or instructor or is responsible for the safety of the group. To this end participants must be club members and they (or their parents in the case of a junior) must sign a Consent Form, to confirm that they agree to these conditions. Having said that we will do our best to provide a safe, enjoyable learning experience, and we have a very good record over many years. If you have any safety questions please ring either of the contacts below to discuss them.

Any other questions?

Contact the Enrolments Officer () or Roger Lane ().

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