What do I need ?

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, as your preferences and requirements will change with experience. Club members also get discounts from local suppliers.

All paddlers are required to wear a buoyancy aid for all water activities, and a helmet for weirs. The club has a number of these available.

What to wear?

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

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

NEVER PADDLE IN BARE FEET - Unfortunately, some people throw sharp things into our rivers.

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.

ALWAYS 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