Coaching with Liverpool Canoe Club

Coaching with Liverpool Canoe Club

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

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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.

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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

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.

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Club weekends and major events for the Club 2019

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
18th April to 22nd April 2019 Easter Bank Holiday Scotland Trip based at Blackwater Hostel – Click for more and to book a place….
28th April 2019 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.
17th – 19th May 2019 Anglesey Weekend #1 Click for more Padlock and to book a place – based at Tyn Rhos Trearddur Bay – coordinator Peter Massey.
24th – 27th May 2019 Pembroke Bank Holiday Weekend Click for more information Padlock and to book a place – based at Newgale Campsite Padlock – coordinator Jenny Brown.
25th May – 1st June 2019 Sardinia Sea Kayaking Click for more information Padlock – coordinator Kirk Williams
8 – 9th June 2019 Trywern and camping Weekend – coordinator John Cook
14 – 16th June 2019 Anglesey Junior Club Weekend #2 Click for more Padlock and to book a place – based at Anglesey Outdoors LL65 2LP  Padlock coordinator Keith Steer.
7th July 2019 Hilbre Island Race – Club event for all More information…….. Why not give one of the courses a go.
12th – 14th July 2019 Anglesey Weekend #3 Click for more Padlock and to book a place – based at Bodfan Farm, Rhosneigr  – coordinator Jenny Brown.
19th July to 4th August 2019 Alpine Holiday Alpine Rivers Holiday – Briancon France  Padlock Coordinator Keith Steer
8th to 18th August 2019 Lofoten Islands Sea Kayaking Click for more information Padlock – coordinator Andy Garland
27th to 29th September 2019 Anglesey Weekend #4 Click for more Padlock  and to book a place – based at Tyn Rhos Trearddur Bay – coordinator Peter Massey.

Paddling the Lower Karnali River, Western Nepal, November/December 2018 by Roy McHale

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”.

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Karnali River trip – Nepal, 2018 by Nathan Marsden.

Karnali River trip – Nepal, 2018 by Nathan Marsden with Tom Morris, Roy McHale, Richard and Liz Reeves and Mark Young

Finally got around to throwing a little edit together from our trip in Nepal back in November paddling the Karnali River.

Start Point: Dungeswar
Finish Point: Chispani

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.

Huge thanks to Paddle Nepal!

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Winners of Photo of the Month February 2019

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Crosby Surfing by Paul Harwood

22 votes (33%)

# 2

OC1 Paddler on the strid River Lune by Paul Harwood

13 votes (19%)

# 3

John Fay and friend – Wigan Lock to Choreley

10 votes (15%)

# 4

Ian Open Boat Sailing on Lake Bala by Nikki Aldridge

8 votes (12%)

# 5

Crosby Christmas Surfers by Paul Harwood

7 votes (10%)

# 6

New Brighton Paddlers by Julie Brookes

7 votes (10%)

Scottish Easter Paddling Holiday based at Kinlochleven – coordinator John Cooke PH50 4SG 18th -22nd April 2019

Scottish Easter Paddling Holiday based at Kinlochleven – coordinator John Cooke PH50 4SG
18th -22nd April 2019
Photos from previous trips…………..
sea kayak Lenne ski
 Location Map - How to get thereWhere is it? Location map  *** PH50 4SG

To book a place on this club weekend please put your name down on the club booking page.

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John Cooke is coordinating the White Water paddling
Ian Bell is coordinating the Sea Kayaking
Opportunities for open boats, skiing, mountain biking and walking

sea kayak

On the West Highland Way in the village of Kinlochleven, this simple hostel is a 3-minute walk from the Ice Factor National Ice Climbing Centre and 7 miles from central Glencoe.

Rustic rooms have en suite bathrooms. There are also camping pods with TVs, kettles and fridges, plus access to a shared shower and toilet block.

Amenities include a full kitchen, a TV lounge, a pool table and free WiFi. There’s a drying room, plus a storage area for bikes.

Address: Old Military Rd, Kinlochleven PH50 4SG

Phone:01855 831253



The area produces excellent white water kayaking, Sea Kayaking and loch touring, good mountain biking, skiing at White Corries ski area, mountain walking and cycling. In the past we have had families joining us to explore the area.


Sardinia Sea Kayaking Trip – Coordinator Kirk Williams


The club sea kayaking trip to Sardinia 25th May to 1st June 2019 with two options to suit all tastes….


To express an interest and to reserve a place please contact Kirk Williams for details

Rustic Gourmet Option: (Deposit £500 by Friday 8th March)
All-inclusive accommodation, food, local wine, kayak gear, transport and guiding. This will involve staying in a fully catered “agriturismo” accommodation with daily sea kayak trips to various top locations around the island. The emphasis here is clearly on comfort but with plenty of getting out and about exploring the stunning Sardinian coastline with our local guide’s knowledge.
This option will cost approx €950 per person for a week (6 paddling days, 7 nights accommodation), excluding only flights (see below) and personal spending (up to you, but only minimal necessary). Everything else is covered.    photo

Salty Sea Dog Option: Deposit £250 by Friday 8th March) 
For those who prefer the expedition feel and freedom of living out of the boat there is also an option to just rent sea kayaks and equipment and head off on a week’s coastal exploration and camping with drop off, route/stopover guidance and pick up from our local guide.
This option will cost approximately €400-450 Euro depending on drop off/pick up point and what gear you want to hire/bring with you (paddles/BA’s, tents, stoves etc) for a week (assuming 6 paddling days, 7 nights “free” camping….), excluding flights and personal spending (this time including food/drink provisions).


For either option the equipment available is good quality (mainly P&H Scorpio plastic sea kayaks, some other options, Lendal paddles etc) 
All equipment, guiding and accommodation options sourced via Clark at Sea Kayak Sardinia 
More details of the Agriturismo accommodation here
Flights are available direct from Manchester to Olbia (eg, EasyJet currently looking around £450 return Sat to Sat), or London airports to Alghero (eg, EasyJet currently looking around £300 return direct Sun to Sun). Blue Air are also planning to operate direct flights from Liverpool starting from Easter and I have requested a group booking estimate from them (details to follow).  




Basic kayak paddle for sale

I’m selling an Ainsworth k102.  £30 open to offers.Well used, 194 cm long, asymmetric blades.

A good all round basic paddle. 

Any questions please get in touch. 07866820322

Cheers, Jenny

Liverpool Canoe Club is open to all and aims "to provide the maximum canoeing and kayaking opportunities for all its members"