Club Open Day at the Compound at the Docks. Try different disciplines, junior session, come and try it session for non-members, Sunday tour of the docks. Bring and buy sale for any canoe or kayaking gear. Pyrahna Demo Fleet.
Just a note to let you know that we are running a training weekend for all our potential future coaches with additional modules to ensure you are fully prepared for any assessments later in the summer. Sunday 24th will be a good day to improve your coaching and leadership skills even if you do not intend to undertake a formal assessment. All volunteers and potential coaches welcome.
Saturday 23rd March will be an 8 hour 1st aid course for anyone who does not already have the award. Certificates are valid for 3 years. The cost of the course is £45 but it will be subsidised by the club for anyone willing to be an active volunteer helping over the summer – your cost will only be £15
Sunday 24th March will be a training day to look at both leadership and coaching skills at the Docks in a variety of craft. This day will be ideal for all and all costs are covered by the club. Just register for a place. Click to book a place….
Sunday 12th May FSRT course at the docks for anyone who needs an update or the Award. You will be asked to cover the cost of the certificate £10.
May and June Paddlesport Assessments arranged with kayak essentials for those that are ready for the award. Cost of the course is £450 / £480 but will be covered by the club. You will need to be a full member of British Canoeing and be registered with them for assessment (have all the prerequisites in place)
Club White Water Kayak Trip for Improvers 16th February by Dave Gentle and Fiona Gentle
Yesterday was the Led – Grade 2(3), meeting at River Active Ltd, aka JJ’s, MEM (Mile End Mill).
Nine of us were on the water 11.40am to 2.40pm from Serpent’s Tail down to JJs. The Dee level was 0.68m, 5.6 on the JJs yellow gauge, a bit higher than our last trip. There was plenty of action at the Broken Weir surf wave either surfing or using the feature to cross the river.
Near the railway bridge we got plenty ferry practice, breaking in and out with a couple of swims, swiftly resolved. That dogleg weir on the left just above the island took none of the team out this trip. Then we entered the JJ’s site. The first drop caused carnage for three, all swiftly resolved and all came out laughing. The Hole at 5.4 looked sticky so the Leader went in to try it. It sure was sticky, resulting in a Leader swim which was soon resolved.
All in all the team is showing skills and confidence improvement per trip. A good result.
Club weekends and major events for the Club 2019 – for more detail check the online Club Calendar……. You need to be a current member of the club to paddle with us (Insurance and emergency contact details etc)
6th – 19th April 2019
Nepal Sun Khosi River Trip (Kayaking and Rafting) – coordinator Keith Steer
Club Open Day at the Compound at the Docks. Try different disciplines, junior session, come and try it session for non-members, Sunday tour of the docks. Bring and buy sale for any canoe or kayaking gear.
4th – 11th May 2019
Arisaig – Sea Kayaking Day trips – coordinator John Fay.
Paddling the Lower Karnali River, Western Nepal, November/December 2018 by Roy McHale
The Lower Karnali River had been on my hit list for a while and I finally got the chance to paddle it after I convinced several other Liverpool Canoe Club members to join me on the adventure. The team consisted of myself, Tom Morris, Mark Young, Nathan Marsden and Rich & Liz Reeves. We decided to use a company called Paddle Nepal, who the club have used previously, to supply kayaks and organise the logistics of getting to the river which is situated in Nepal’s remote western region. The Karnali is Nepal’s longest river and along with its tributaries drains most of the far west of Nepal, the Wild West as many people call it.
Tom, Mark, Nathan and I flew from London Heathrow to Delhi then onto Kathmandu. We had a pretty good flight with Jet Airlines and arrived on the Saturday before the trip started the following Tuesday. In order to fill the days before the trip we had arranged to go to a river festival called the “Himalayan White-Water Challenge”.
Day 1 – Long drive from near Nepalgunj to the get in. Left at 5am arrived at river around 11.30 stopped in a crazy village along the way for breakfast of samosa and boiled eggs. River was go from the start big waves trains and the main signal ‘middle middle’. Camp was good, great food and big fire. Camped underneath a tarpaulin.
Day 2 – Easier day today, Sayas let us read and run the rapids. Easy sections of around grade 3-3+ big waves trains, mega fun! Camp f@@king freezing, wind blew through the tarp.
Day 3 – Starting to get to the meat of the rapids. 2 main rapids first called sweetness and light – steady line that was quite easy to get. Some holes to avoid river left but a big wave train down the bottom. Second rapids called Jailhouse big huge hole river right then another in the middle. Line was left at top then over to the right. Tom took a s*** line and swam in second hole, both shoes ripped off and pants half way down 😂 rest of the day steady.
Day 4 – Another big day with 3 main rapids. Gods house (4+) juicer (4) and juicer 2 (flip and strip, 4). Gods house started straight away with a must make line, huge hole on the left then a tongue over to the right. Juicer 2 had a shoot on the left. 2 big holes in the middle. Line went left, left and left. All followed by 6km of continuous grade 3/4 gorge. Great wave trains with some monster holes to avoid.
Day 5 – Some easy 3 wave trains to get going followed by a stop at a local village to get a fresh pig. Then a long easy paddle to camp. Beach had tiger prints on it!
Day 6 – First section little bit interesting. long day, mellow paddle on mostly flat water but moving. Some easy 2 sections on the bends. 1 big main rapids part way down with some wave trains. Big eddies either side so could play about. Camp great set up with some big logs for a big fire.
Day 7 – Flat. Campsite on an island. Roy, Nathan and Sayas went to local village to get beer and rum. Roy fell smashed 2 bottles of rum and cut his hand. Team made rum punch and great food. Big fire to chill around.
Day 8 – Final paddle was short. Finished in Chisipani village. Had more Dahl Baht for lunch in a little local tea house with farm animals roaming around. 2hr journey on the bus to Nepalgunj airport before flying back to Kathmandu.