Under 16 Canoe Polo Tournament at Speke Pool 2nd February 2019
We had two teams enter the NW U16 league on Saturday. Our paddlers looked great in club Buoyancy Aids, helmets and face masks and polo boats. For many it was their first go at canoe polo but all did fantastically well. The novice team ended up playing so well together that they can came out on top in first place in the novice league. Playing with an extra small size 3 ball enabled our team to pass the ball accurately and move around the pitch. Ellie was our ace scorer and Adrian turned out to be a daemon keeper. Poppy volunteered to play for the scratch FOA C team and played extremely well.
In the more experienced “Development league” we have the makings of a great young side. The team passed well and created many opportunities to score. Dean played very well in goal and if we are able to shore up our defence a little in the zone the opposition would not get near the net. The team is equal first on points having won 3 of the 4 games but have a slightly worse goal difference.
We all look forward to the next tournament on 2nd March again at Speke Pool. If anyone is interested in joining in with the U16 we still have places. You should be confident in a small kayak with a spray deck and have experience of paddling at the docks. Our team is aged 10 -16 years of age. Click for more information….
The weather has warmed up, rivers are a good level. Last few places left if anyone still wants to join us this weekend on the water. The booking closes tomorrow so click the link now for more information….
I have booked a bunkhouse near Rhayader for the weekend of Friday 8th to Sunday 10th of February.
Lots of grade 2/3 and 3/4 sections of rivers in the area depending on levels. weekend is suitable for everyone and sections will be determined by the group. More details available on the booking page.
Ideal for improvers and open boats as well as more experienced paddlers.
Upper Wye – Grade 3-4
Rhayader to Builth Wells Grade 2-3 (Including Hell Hole)
The Vyrnwy Grade 2-3(4) (on way home)
RIVER CLYWEDOG Grade 2-3
River Elan – Grade 2
£36 for 2 night`s accommodation, what you waiting for ! sign up or miss out !
Weather is warming up – only a few places left this month.
DETAILS Click here for DETAILS…….
Introductory course with the club – Every Second Sunday of the month
This is an introductory session for new members of the club. Ideal for anyone new to paddlesports or new to the canoe club.
The compound is only open from 9:45 to 10:00am. Ask for the person running the introductory course and they will run through a full 2 hour introduction to the club getting you on the water, familiar with the way the club works and give you some basic instruction and advice on how best to proceed with your paddling. Ideal as a refresher course or for complete novices.
Please ensure that you are appropriately dressed for the conditions (warm clothes, trainers on feet and a wind proof jacket). Parking is next to the compound through the barrier which will be locked during the session. Changing rooms are inside the compound – showers (swipe card needed) and toilets are in the Marina building.
Go Kayaking are proud to announce a partnership which strengthens the relationship between Go Kayaking North West, River Active & the paddling community.
River Active (formally known as JJs or Mile End Mill) is based on the banks of the River Dee in Llangollen and has fantastic waterside facilities such as parking, changing, cafe and toilets, as well as being situated right next to one of the best whitewater sites in the UK. This is a popular park ‘n’ play spot for whitewater paddlers all year round and is often passed on the way to other North Wales rivers. The site is often used as a training venue by rescue services, such as Fire Brigade, River Rescue & Search and Rescue teams.
We’re delighted to put a full fleet of demo kayaks permanently at River Active to promote the use of the site for whitewater paddlers!
The fleet of Pyranha Kayaks covers the full range of current models & sizes and offers you as a paddler, a fantastic opportunity to test the range out. The boats are available to all paddlers to use either on site or taken off site to do the full run of the River, or to other rivers in Wales. Outfitting is also provided so you can spend some time to get the boat fitted to you before paddling.
There will also be a Venture Afon Canoe and a 9R2 in there in the near future.
£3 must be paid to River Active to take the boat out whether it is on or off site.
You need to fill a form in at River Active which puts the responsibility of the boat onto you.
You are required to leave your drivers license at River Active as a deposit which you will get back on the kayaks safe return.
The boat must be returned to the site at the end of the day in useable condition.
Only 1 boat per person to go off site.
12R, Fusion Duo & Afon have to be pre booked by calling either 01928 710 770 or 01978 860639. Their size means 2 members of staff have to be available to get them down.
All other boats are first come first served. No pre booking allowed.
Click & Collect
We’re also very excited to launch a click & collect service where you can purchase through Go Kayaking and collect the goods from River Active at your convenience. This will help you if you are not available to sign for goods at your house during the week. We’re also able to offer you free shipping on all kayaks & canoes if you are collecting from River Active. You’ll be able to collect your boat from River Active within 2 weeks of ordering (non stock kayaks will incur an additional production time). You will get your usual amazing club discount, as well free delivery.
Soft goods will be sent via UPS to be collected from River Active by you – normal delivery costs will apply (Free if order is over £25. £0.95 if order is under £25).
All customers collecting will need to pay £3 to River Active for using their facilities.
In order to take advantage of this service please call us on 01928 710 770, or shop online and put River Active’s address as the shipping address.
Go Kayaking will be hosting events from the site at River Active regularly through the year. This is a great opportunity for you to use our paddling expertise and take advantage of our Click & Collect.
We believe that the site at River Active is very important to the paddling community. Not only as a hub for river, freestyle & slalom paddling, but also as a venue for River Rescue Courses. We, as paddlers, should do our very best to support this iconic venue.
We are looking to run several of the new British Canoeing Awards at the club over the next few months for our volunteers and helpers. These courses will be run by Nick and Matt from Sea Kayak Essentials and will be run from our compound at the docks.
I know many of you already run / coordinate trips and sessions for the club. However, if you are intersted in developing your skills and picking up a qualification in the process please put your name forward. The club will cover the full cost of any course fee(s) (Typically £160 per person) knowing that you will use the experience to volunteer to run sessions / courses and trips for the club. It is only fair the club gives a little something back to its vounteers. You will have to be a member of the British Canoeing to hold the award(s) and pay British Canoeing a Course Registration fee but the club will run first aid and FSRT courses to ensure you have all the prerequisite.
Expressions of intrest are requested from anyone interested in:
Paddlesport Leader Award – Sheltered water trips eg docks / River Dee at Chester
Paddlesort Instructor Award – Introductory courses / Starter sessions and basic coaching including our pool sessions
Please reply to mailto:email@example.com with your name, which course(s) you are intersted in and a brief word about your experience / any awards you may already hold.
The Paddler issue 45
Winter 2019 edition
The International magazine for recreational paddlers
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All the best
Club White Water Kayak Trip Summary: –
Today was the Led River Trip for White Water Kayak Improvers – Grade 2(3), meeting at River Active Ltd, aka JJ’s, MEM (Mile End Mill) for 10am. Ten of us were on the water 11.30am to 2.15pm from Serpent’s Tail down to the bottom surf wave.
The features were a step up from our Burrs Led Trip on the 5th Jan.
The weather was grim but once on the water we didn’t notice due to all the fun we had.
For anyone who wants to get out on The Dee, Neil Jones of LCC is running a Peer-Group trip tomorrow/Sunday 20th Jan. Please see his post on here.