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.
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.
A waterproof/windproof outer layer. An old waterproof jacket is ideal to keep the wind off and prevent splashes, waterproof trousers are handy if you have them. This layer is important to combat wind-chill (when the wind cools you down – especially when you are wet
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.
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