Canoe/Kayak Section



Pool Session Timings Saturday 14th May 2016


Mini's  and Intermediate adults                              4.20pm for a 4.30pm start


Juniors and beginner adults                                  5pm start




Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7ED.


Please be on the Pool side 10 minutes before the start of your session and bring appropriate swim wear.






ADULT KAYAK COURSES 2016


All participants in adult Kayak courses must be able to swim well, have a well fitting buoyancy aid and have a pair of soft shoes suitable for getting wet.


We advise warm clothing and a windproof jacket as it gets very cold even in the summer when the sun goes down, especially when you are wet.


Bring a towel, change of clothes and money for a hot and/or a hotdog, bring your own alcohol.


 


Course AK1:              Beginners (to attain BCU 1 star)


When:                        Thursday night: 7.15pm, starting 12 May – 23 June 2016


No. of sessions:        Seven inc the pool, but not ½ term – 2nd June


Cost:                         £40 inclusive of pool session to be held 14th May at Leighton Park School


Coach:                       Kevin Dennis and others


 


 


Course AK2:              Intermediates (2nd years +)


When:                        Thursday night: 7.15pm, starting 12 May 2016.


No. of sessions:        Seven inc the pool, but not ½ term – 2nd June


Cost:                         £40 inclusive of pool session to be held 14th May at Leighton Park School


 


After the course has been completed competent paddlers often organise paddle sessions between themselves until end of the season.  We hope to have ‘Club Nights’ on a Thursday


 


JUNIOR KAYAK COURSE 2016


This course is for children aged 11+. All participants in junior Kayak courses must have passed the swim test and be able to swim well, have a well fitting buoyancy aid and have a pair of soft shoes suitable for getting wet.


We advise warm clothing and a windproof jacket as it gets very cold even in the summer when the sun goes down, especially when you are wet. Bring a towel and a change of clothes.


With changes in the BCU syllabus, it is likely that at least two years will be required to attain each of the 1* and 2* standard.


Pool session:  4.30 pm on Saturday 14th May 2016 at Leighton Park School’s Swimming Pool, Enter from Pepper Lane, see the school’s map on their website.


 


Course JK1:              Children from total beginners up to those preparing for BCU 1*


When:                        Tuesday night: 6.45pm - 8.15pm, starting 10 May – 21st June 2016.


No. of sessions:        Seven. No session Half Term- 31st May


Cost:                         £40 inclusive of pool session to be held Sat 14th May at Leighton Park School


 


Course JK2:              Children preparing for BCU 2*


When:                        Tuesday night: 6.45pm - 8.15pm, starting 10 May – 21st June 2016.


No. of sessions:        Seven. No session Half Term- 31st May


Cost:                         £40 inclusive of pool session to be held on Sat 14 May at Leighton Park School


 


MINI KAYAK COURSE FOR JUNIOR SCHOOL CHILDREN


The idea is to introduce the youngsters to kayaking and open canoeing or build on skills learnt last year. Participants do not need to have passed the swim test (although should be able to swim and be confident in and around water), but MUST have a well fitting buoyancy aid and have a pair of soft shoes suitable for getting wet.


We advise warm clothing and a windproof jacket as it gets very cold even in the summer when the sun goes down, especially when you are wet.


Bring a towel and a change of clothes.


 


Course MK1:             Children of Junior school age (School Years 3-6)


When:                        Weekends, between 2 - 4pm


No. of sessions:        Three: 14th May (pool session), &   5th & 19th June.  To be confirmed


Cost:                         £15 inclusive of pool session to be held 14th May at Leighton Park School




































Sprint Canadian Canoes

posted 31 Mar 2009, 07:48 by chris jennings   [ updated 31 Mar 2009, 07:50 ]

Back in late October (when the river was a bit warmer!) WBC persuaded 2012
Olympic hopeful Karl Yurwich and his coach to bring a couple of sprint C1
canoes down to the club for our members to try out. (Incidentally, Karl did
pretty well in the canoe events at Wargrave & Shiplake this year too!).

Ok, so when it came to WBC members having a go in the less wobbly training
boat, most of us ended up swimming. For those that were not running to
changing rooms for their towels, there was Karl’s Olympic standard race boat
to try.
This monster is about the width of your knee and it seemed, to us, had one
purpose – to throw the Wargrave paddlers into the wet stuff. Needless to say,
we had another swim, except Karl who went out and stayed dry as a bone in
his jeans and t-shirt. We hope to persuade Karl to come back in the spring for
a re-match – WBC v The Beast.

Dart Trip

posted 24 Oct 2008, 10:10 by chris jennings   [ updated 31 Mar 2009, 07:54 ]

15th - 16th Nov
Accommodation at  at www.lowerblackaton.com  
 

A car park in Dartmoor on a cold November Saturday saw a group of 16 intrepid WBC canoeists together for a weekend of white
water fun. River levels were high and progress was 'rapid'. As usual, we had to stop just after Holne bridge for some of the
madder ones to throw themselves off only to fall 30 metres into freezing water! Clearly the rapids that we had negotiated earlier
hadn’t provided enough of an adrenalin surge!

Trouble at the Dart Country Park meant that we couldn't exit the river and so continued downstream to Buckfastleigh. As no-one
had paddled this stretch of river before, we were uncertain how far remained or what we might encounter; a big rapid that caught
many unawares and a weir that all but the very brave decided to take on was what we found. Eventually, when dusk was closing
in, amid pitiful cries of "are we there yet?" we spied our cars.

Some beers in the local pub and a night in a great B&B on Dartmoor (thanks, Sean) soon put us right. After a full fry-up on
Sunday morning, 13 of the group decided to paddle again, but exited at the bridge (strangely enough, no-one throwing
themselves off this time!).
Jane Swift

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