What do I need ?

We have all the equipment you need, including a broad range of kayaks and open canoes, there are also stand-up-paddleboards (SUPs), sit-on-top kayaks, racing boats and 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. 

What to wear?

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

DO NOT WEAR JEANS – they soak up water and become heavy when wet.

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

As with all water sports 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 CAN CONTAIN 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 and specialist kit becomes more important in the colder months