August update and more courses released

Dear Paddler

I hope that you are looking forward to the coming bank holiday, but please remember that there will be no club session on the 24th of August, this Saturday, as we all take a well earned day off.

On the following weekend there is a British Canoeing Open Weekend at Holme Pierrepont.  There is Freestyle action and White Water racing on the main course and a sprint regatta on the lake.  There is also a coach development weekend for coaches, or aspirant coaches.

The Freestyle and WW racing might well mean that there is no access to the course for club members on that day, but we are not sure at the moment.  However, we will definitely be running our normal flat water sessions.

For the coach development weekend, there is information on the British Canoeing East Midlands Website here

This is a great opportunity for any coaches or potential coaches to come along and either get help and advice to improve their coaching, or to be a student for other coaches who are working towards an assessment.  If you would like to be a part of this programme then please fill in the form in the link and book a place.  This is also a great chance to find out about coaching options if you are interested in coaching, and what pathways are available to you.  For anyone booked on to the Core or Sheltered Water training, this is a great chance to see what standards of coaching are required.

Improving your own paddling.
If you would like a concentrated time to work on improving your paddling then we have just the course for you.
On the weekend of 12 – 13th October, we are holding a holding an intensive weekend training aimed at those paddlers that are looking to move towards indepentdent paddling and wanting to move onto the discipline specific personal performance awards.  During the weekend we will be looking at other types of craft.  It should help to develop skills ready to move into the specific areas of the personal paddling award system beyond discovering paddling.

The cost of the weekend is £30 and covers all water fees and equipment usage.  There will be the chance to try different craft and see how strokes can be applied from one boat to another

This is open to 12 paddlers.  To book your place go to the link :  which will be open from Saturday the 24th.  If you would like more information please speak to Trevor or Ian.

Thursday night sessions

Thursday night sessions continue throughout the year until the end of October, and these sessions are designed to help paddlers improve their paddling.  Coaching is usually available for flat water, and sometimes for the WW and are aimed at paddlers who are looking to improve their paddling.  Sessions open from 6pm until 8pm, but please be aware that coaches can be delayed depending on traffic and the demands of the day job!  At just £5 for the session this is a great way to get in extra practice and work on those skills that are needed.

Boat security on cars

Following several incidents over the last few months of boats coming off cars whilst they are being driven, paddlers are being advised to check the tightness of straps on cars before you drive off, most of these incidents have happened on the way home.  If you stop during the journey then it is advised that you to check to see if there has been any slackening off of the straps during the journey.  So far there have not been any serious incidents, but this has been down to exceedingly good luck, REMEMBER IT IS THE DRIVERS RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK.  If your boat does become detached during transit then you can find yourself with an expensive repair bill at best, or action by the police for an insecure load or causing an accident.  If you are unsure about how best to secure your boat, or want any advice please speak to a coach.

So wherever you go this summer paddling, go safely and enjoy yourselves.

Best wishes

Dawn Scott
Chair of Trustees