EASTER update from HPPCC

Dear [first_name]

Welcome to the Easter newsletter, there is a lot of information in this email as we start moving towards the big start of our paddling season.

Thursday nights

Our Thursday night paddling sessions for recreational paddlers will resume after Easter on the 5th of April.  These sessions are designed for paddlers who are able to select their own equipment, get on to the water unaccompanied and paddle without direct support.  Coaching is available on a Thursday night, but as all of the coaches are arriving from work, we can’t guarantee the time that they will manage to get to the club.  These sessions are appropriate for people once they have been paddling for a few weeks, but are not suitable for absolute beginners as there won’t be a coach available at the very start of the session to supervise everyone.

The session is open from 6pm to 8pm, with coaching available from 6.30 to 8pm.  The cost of the session including water access fees and coaching is £5 per session.

Coaching on the Backchannels will only be available if appropriate coaches are available, we hope to have coverage for this in the future, but it can’t be guaranteed at the current time.

The Thursday night sessions will run until the clocks go back in October.

Equipment use

Our annual club audit is due in the next two weeks so we would ask any paddler who has equipment on loan to ensure that this is returned to the club on the 7th of April so that it can be checked and counted.  We would also ask all paddlers to look for club neoprene spray decks, as we bought 8 of these and now only have 4 left.  Can you check to see that you don’t have one at home that has been taken home by mistake.  An amnesty is in place for all kit to be returned please.

In order for us to keep a better track of club equipment there will be a new booking in and out form for equipment that is taken off site, so if you need to sign equipment out please contact a Trustee so that the new forms can be filled in.


Please note that our membership renewal system is through an online payment system, all renewals can be done through this system and this allows us to track the process and no one falls through the cracks.  Therefore from the 1st of April you will only be able to pay in cash for your membership if this has been agreed in advance with a trustee.  With over 350 members we have to have a system that is traceable to allow the treasurer and membership secretary to keep track of everyone.

Pool Sessions

A huge thank you to all who supported the pool sessions, a large number of coaches have supported these sessions and they have been well attended for the last 12 weeks.

Pool sessions have now finished for the summer, but if you still want to practice your rolling then contact Trevor as he is planning some Pool to Pond rolling sessions once the weather warms up a bit.

Dates for your Diary

No club sessions

31st March – Easter Weekend

5th May – Early May Bank Holiday

26th May – Late May Bank Holiday

2nd June – No Club session due to Paddle in the Park



Contact for more details

28/29 April

Lake District Trip

Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water

Contact Kirst Elton [email protected] for more details

5th May

River Tame Trip

Tamworth to Walton on Trent

Contact Kirst Elton [email protected] for more details

2nd /3rd June

Paddle in the Park

A fun filled weekend of paddling activities at the centre which the club is supporting.  Day passes for the WW course are available at a cheap rate and weekend passes for the lagoon activities are available.

For details of the activities available please see the website https://www.nwscnotts.com/nwsc/paddle-in-the-park

Volunteers are sought to help the club promote our club activities over the weekend and to help with the open canoe river trips that we will be running.  If you can help please contact Ian Scott. [email protected]

2nd / 3rd  June

Lake District Trip

Lake Windermere

Contact Kirst Elton [email protected] for more details

16th / 17th June

Kielder Water trip – an opportunity to paddle on a large body of open water with some great dark skies promised at night.

Please contact Trevor Tarlton Weatherall for more details [email protected]

7th / 8th July

Wye Weekend – our annual camp down at Hereford.  Non paddling family members very welcome

Information about our camp site is here

http://www.lucksallpark.co.uk/ this link also gives the prices.  To book your place for the weekend please email Ian Scott – [email protected]   Please specify whether you are bringing a caravan or tent and whether you need an electric hook up.

4/5th August

Norfolk Broads Trip

Contact Kirst Elton [email protected] for more details

 Specific coaching courses

2 Star Training Weekend

28/29th July


2 Star Training Course

6 Weeks

Thursday nights

Start date to be announced


2 Star Training Course        

6 Weeks

Saturday mornings

Start date to be announced


Foundation Safety and Rescue Course

Saturday 19th May


3 star Touring Assessment

Canoe and Kayak

Saturday 23rd June

£15 – excludes BC certification

If you are interested in any of these courses please contact Trevor Tarlton-Weatherall [email protected] for more details.  Bookings will be available on eventzilla after Easter.

Plan your paddling progression

Want some help in planning your paddling progression?  Ian Scott will be available at the Gamston Lock from 1pm on Saturday the 7th of April and Saturday the 12th of May.  He will be able to discuss with you how to plan your progression, and work out an individual coaching programme for you so that you can start to work on areas of weakness.  He can also help you to identify routes into the coaching scheme, or personal performance awards that can help you to improve your skills.

Booking isn’t required just turn up, get a coffee or drink from the Bar and have a chat with Ian.

Congratulations to the Slalom section

This weekend saw the Slalom section run another excellent race on behalf of British Canoeing, and there were some excellent performances from our club paddlers.

Many thanks to all of those who helped throughout the weekend and made the event such a success.

That’s about all for now.

Well there has been a huge amount of information in this newsletter, so have a great Easter and happy paddling.


Dawn Scott

Club Chair.