A very happy Christmas and New Year

Dear Paddler

Well we have come to the end of a rather interesting year of paddling.  During the summer all the White Water paddlers complained that there was no water in the rivers – now we seem to have rather too much of it.

However, it hasn’t stopped club members getting out and about across the country exploring new areas, and we are delighted that we have a full range of trips being organised for next year.  Club trips will always be advertised on the club website and newsletter, informal trips organised as peer paddles may be organised through facebook or amongst groups of paddlers.  Club trips can be booked through the club website booking portal, and trips will usually be available a couple of months beforehand to sign up for.

We also have a list of courses to help you refine your skills or expand your horizons.  Again club courses will be advertised on the website and will be booked through the event portal.

We have also included details of courses provided by other providers in the local area.  These are not organised through the club, although some may take place at the National Watersports Centre.  Please contact the organisers directly for information about these courses.

The New-Year paddle
We know that the new-year paddle is a great favourite with many paddlers.  Due to the really unpredictable water levels this year we have decided to take the paddle to Rudyard Lake near Leek in Staffordshire on Saturday the 4th of January.

This is a great location with a great new cafe and an opportunity to explore the lake which is about 3km long.  So it doesn’t make for a very long trip but we do know that it will definitely go ahead!

Booking will open on Eventzillia shortly for the trip and to make your life easier if you need to borrow kit then you will be able to request this and provided we have space we will try and take it up on our trailer for you.  Alternatively you can collect it this Saturday from the session.

Club trips for the new year – booking on eventzillia shortly

26 Jan 20 – Nottingham Loop
Feb – Great Haywood Loop
March – Newark Loop
April – Norfolk Broads Weekend
May – River Witham through Lincoln
12-14/06/20  River Wye Weekend
July – Rudyard Lake
Aug or Sept – Bala Weekend
Aug or Sept – River Nene
Oct – Barrow/Normanton on Soar

Club Courses – Bookings on eventzillia shortly


Details of course

Course provider


16th Feb

Open Canoe Master Class

This course is currently full but a reserve list is available

Jenna Sanders/Dawn Scott



20th February until 26th March


Touring course for those wanting to work towards the Sheltered Water Touring Award

Andy Brown / Dawn Scott

£30 exc. any British Canoeing

pass fees

20th February until 26th March


Discover and Explore Award course for those wishing to work towards the Discover or Explore Award.

Ian Scott with one of our aspirant coaches

£30 exc. any British Canoeing

pass fees

April and May 4 weeks to be agreed

Long boat skills course, designed for those who paddle sea kayaks or long touring boats

Tom Randerson


4th April

Foundation Safety and Rescue

Andy Brown / Trevor Tarlton Weatherall

£40 BC members £45 non-BC members

23rd April – 28th May

Stand up Paddleboard improvers course, paddlers can work towards a Discover, Explore or Sheltered Water SUP award

Andy Brown / Dawn Scott

£30 exc. any British Canoeing

pass fees

25th-26th April

Paddlesport Instructor training and qualification weekend

Andy Brown / Dawn Scott

£100 for existing club members

(£50 Bursary may also be available)

We hope that you are as excited as we are about this exciting start to the new year with a full programme of events.

We would like to thank all of our Instructors, Coaches and Leaders who organise activities on behalf of the club, all of the volunteers who give their time behind the scenes, and the trustees who work tirelessly to ensure that the club runs smoothly.

All of the trustees would like to wish all of our paddlers a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year, and we hope that Santa brings lots of paddling goodies.

Very best wishes
Dawn Scott and all the trustees.