August HPPCC update

Dear Paddler 

Welcome to to the August club update newsletter. A lot is going on at the club at the moment and the trustees are working hard to ensure that our kit is appropriate for all our needs.  We have just undertaken a review of all of our kit and we will be moving some boats to the pool, but some boats have now been identified as surplus to our requirements.

The following boats are now being offered for sale to club members before being advertised on ebay for sale.  All boats are between 7 and 9 years old.

2 Old Town Open Canoes -174 length suitable for families, large boats very straight running – £250 each
2 Pyranha Ina Zone 232 river running kayaks. – Smaller volume kayaks for river running. – £200 each
2 Dagger approaches 9 – large volume boats suitable for beginners – £200 each
2 Dagger approaches 10 – very large volume boats suitable for beginners – £200 each
2 Big Dog Kaos freestyle boats – £250 each
1 Tex Sport Xile – Large volume WW boat – £100

To indicate your interest in purchasing any of these boats please email [email protected] to let us know that you want a boat and what you want.  We can then arrange for you to check the boat out in the compound prior to purchase.

Boats will be advertised on ebay on the 2nd of September if no buyers have been found before then.

Training opportunity

We have a great opportunity for all of those of you that have played around on a Stand Up Paddleboard.  Barry from Desperate Measures, who is an expert WW SUP paddler will be offering a SUP improver session on the morning of the 1st of September.

We have 8 spaces for paddlers without their own boards, who will need to book through Eventzilla from the club website, paddlers with their own boards can book a space by emailing [email protected].

The session is the normal Saturday morning fee, and will run at the normal time, it will be payable on the day.

New Personal Performance Awards

The new personal performance awards have been released in outline, and show skill awards across a new range of disciplines. check out the British Canoeing link here to find out more about the new awards.  These awards are purely about a paddlers own personal performance and their ability to paddle as a self sufficient peer group, they are not linked to leadership or coaching in any way.  From January 2019 the the Paddlesport Instructor, Paddlesport Leader and Coach Sheltered Water will have no pre-requirement for personal performance awards, and paddlers will be able to book onto these awards when they feel that their personal skills are at an appropriate level.

The club coaching and volunteer officer, Ian Scott, will be able to support any paddler who wants to know if their personal skills are at an appropriate level for a coaching award.

The full syllabi for all of the awards will be released in the autumn, in the meantime coaches will be looking to transfer their assessment of their current awards across to the new system.

There are some awards that the club will be able to deliver, and a number that will needed to be provided by outside providers.  More details will become available over the autumn.

Paddlesport Instructor Award

The full changes to the paddlesport instructor award have been announced and the new course will start in January 2019.  This course will become more accessible with instructors taking the award in the craft of their choice rather in both Canoe and Kayak and with the timescales of the course reduced to just two days from 4 days.

The key changes are below

  Old New
Minimum Age 16 14
Craft Canoe and Kayak Any including SUP
Time of course 4 days 2 days
Pre-requisites 2 star and FSRT FSRT
Remit Sheltered Water Very Sheltered Water
Level of supervision Supervised by Coach Award holder Supervised by Coach Award holder
Able to extend their remit Yes by gaining additional qualifications such as First Aid, personal performance awards, DBS check, or Paddlesport Leader Yes by gaining additional qualifications such as First Aid, personal performance awards, DBS check, or Paddlesport Leader
Course Content Includes basic coaching skills, running taster sessions and activities Equiping Paddlers, running taster sessions and activities

If you are interested in undertaking either award then please speak to Ian Scott about the differences and which would best suit your requirements.


Sun 2nd September – The River Witham in Lincolnshire – About 12 Km Contact Kirst Elton for more details [email protected] 
Sun 7th October – River Severn –   About 16km – Contact Ian Scott for more details [email protected]
Sat 3rd November – River Trent – Firework paddle – night paddle up the Trent to see the fireworks at Wilford.  More information to follow once timings are announced by the firework organisers.
Sun 4th November – River Trent – Burton on Trent to Swarkstone Contact Kirst Elton for more details [email protected] 
Sun 2nd December – River Trent – Gunthorpe to Farndon Contact Kirst Elton for more details [email protected] 

Slalom Competition

The club is organising the Premier / Division 1 Slalom event on Sat the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd of September.  Help is wanted in all areas including First aid cover, WW safety cover, timing and boat weighing, and general support and help.  If you can be available on either day for some period of the day then please do contact Mark Haylett for more information [email protected] 

As you can see there is a lot going on at the club at the moment and hopefully you will be able to take part in some of the activities that we have planned.

Please remember there is no club session on Saturday the 25th of August as it is the Bank Holiday Weekend.  There will also be no WW coaches available next weekend due to other events taking place.

Best wishes for the rest of the summer

Dawn Scott
Club Chair