River Trips

Good evening, we have planned a few river trips for the next few weeks for members:
The  links below will take you to our calendar with all details, we will send out mails the week before to remind you.
River Washburn Sunday 11th February:
River Tees Saturday 24th February:
River Lune Saturday 10th  March:
We will possibly look to order further trips depending upon the status of Pugneys.
River trips are only available to full club members.

Whitewater River Practice Sessions

We are going to start our winter river training sessions shortly on Saturdays. The sessions will be mostly held on the River Calder around Ossett. There are 3 small rapids and several stretches of fairly still water to practice on.

Sessions will be open to all club members and we can provide the boats and most equipment. Members would require as a minimum wetsuit shoes – these can be purchased for under £5 for a cheap pair. We have a limited amount of wetsuits but would urge members to look into buying a wetsuit, we can advise on the most suitable types.

Sessions will progress members from paddling on flat water in the pools to paddling on moving water and eventually onto running whitewater rapids.

If members would like to come along to the sessions please email me to register your interest and also the preferred session time – morning, lunchtime or afternoon in order for us to organise the most convenient session time.



We hope all members have had a fantastic Christmas break and wish you all a Happy New Year for 2018.

Pool sessions begin again this week with Pontefract on Thursdays and Batley on Fridays. We need to increase numbers at both sessions in order to ensure these do not run at a loss as they have been doing recently or we may have to look at reducing sessions. Please try to come along to as many sessions as possible to support your club.

We are also looking to begin Saturday river training sessions on the Calder in order to get beginners used to river paddling. We will also be running some river trips over the winter months for all abilities from beginners to expert.

Slalom training sessions will also be running most weekends hosted by Yorkshire Slalom, boats are available to borrow but must be requested in advance.

We will also keep members up to date on the developments at Linton Locks new whitewater course.

If anyone requires any information on any of the above please feel free to contact me at: andy@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com

Linton Locks Whitewater Course

Some of you may have been to Linton Locks fish ladder in the past, some of you may be aware about the developments taking place here at the moment and some of you may not have even heard of Linton Locks.

At the moment Linton Locks is basically a concrete fish ladder where we can go and paddle, swim and generally have a good day out in the summer. There is an Archimedes screw at the side of the fish ladder to generate electricity.

Over the last year year the site around the fish ladder has been undergoing major changes, a second much larger Archimedes screw has been installed and is up and running – but more importantly to canoeists is the building of a whitewater course at the side of the second screw. Originally the course was due for completion last year but due to several factors work has dragged on and completion is hopefully looking around March 2018.

Above is what the new course will look like, water will enter on the top left and will flow through the course and exit on the right hand side nest to the screw outlet. An adjustable hydraulic flap at the infeed will allow different water flow through the course or even shut off the course. The floor will be fitted with rails to allow for the fitting of rapid block system to create features throughout the course.

Construction is well underway now with all the concrete section along the river complete as well as the inlet gate, the control flap will be installed shortly along with the round sections of the pools.


Above are photos from today’s visit. Below are the facilities that have been installed at the site already, there are 2 toilet blocks each with a separate shower room and drying room, you will be  happy to know these are heated.

There is a large area that hopefully will become a car park and beyond this a large field that again hopefully will be negotiable for camping during events etc.

Once the construction is complete and water flowing through the course it will be possible to start  adding fixtures etc. Several thousand pounds are set aside for the erection of slalom pole support systems.

I have joined the development team for the site in order to keep up to date with progress but more importantly to ensure our club can be part of this exciting new paddling venue in our region.

The site will be suitable for both slalom and playboating and hopefully will be suitable to host slalom events in the future.

The next meeting is in January with discussions to look at the management of the site – costs, operating the course and many other details that need to be determined.

All in all this is going to be a fantastic addition to the Yorkshire Region and I for one can’t wait for it to be completed.

If anyone would like any information about the scheme or would like to get involved please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.


AGM 2017

The 2017 AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th November 7.30pm at  Ossett Cricket Club.

This is an important event that will determine the committee members who will run your club for the  next year.

We would urge as many members as possible to attend the AGM and have your say. We will also be looking to appoint several new members to the committee – please get in touch if you believe you can contribute to the running of the club.

All nominations should be sent to: club.secretary@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com and must be proposed and seconded by a committee member.

Please note only current 2017/2018 members are eligible to vote at the AGM – membership is due now so don’t forget  to complete your membership forms and get them sent in as soon as possible please.

The club will as usual provide a pie & peas supper after the AGM – please let us know by email if you intend to attend the AGM: club.secretary@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com

Slalom Updates

The last couple of weeks have seen several of our  members competing in slalom events, firstly we had our own slalom at West Tanfield and last week was Oughtibridge Slalom.

Results below:

Slenningford Saturday:

Beth Walker 2nd place officials, 1st place C1W Div 3                                    Tabitha Percy 1st K1W Div 2 and promoted to Div 1                                    Josh Brown 2nd K1M Div 3                                                                                            Dowi Burkinshaw 6th K1M Div 3                                                                                Andrew Currell 14th K1M Div 3                                                                                  Olivia Currell 4th K1W Div 3                                                                                        Jack Pearl 1st K1M Div 4                                                                                                  Louis Audain 4th K1M Div 4


Tabitha Percy 2nd Official                                                                                                Beth/Tabitha 3rd C2 Div 2/3                                                                                          Josh Brown 2nd K1M Div 3                                                                                            Dowi Burkinshaw 3rd K1M Div  3                                                                              Andrew Currell 10th K1M Div 3                                                                                  Olivia Currell 5th K1W Div 3

Oughtibridge Saturday:

Russell Haigh 3rd K1M Div 4 and promoted to Div 3                                      Fraser Haigh 4th K1M Div 4                                                                                          Andrew Currell 13th K1M Div 3                                                                                  Olivia Currell 6th K1W Div 3


Andrew Currell 22nd K1M Div 3                                                                                Olivia Currell 4th   K1W Div 3                                                                                      Emma Percy 9th K1W Div 3

Upcoming slalom events:

Sat/Sun  7/8th October Darley Abbey Div3/4

Fantastic results from our paddlers, this is the most entries we have had in competitions in the last few years and hopefully we will have a few more before the end of the year.

Yorkshire Slalom winter training calendar will be out shortly, any paddlers are free to come along to training sessions and boats etc.  will be available if required. We will publish the calendar shortly on our website but in the meantime if any other paddlers are interested in slalom please contact: andy@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com


We now have only 2 weeks before the last ever WYCC West Tanfield Slalom at Slenningford Watermill.

Ensure YOU are a part of this fantastic event – get your entries in now to avoid disappointment.

This is a div 2/3/4 event so suitable for most paddlers.

We will have our legendary on site cafe serving fantastic hot food all weekend.

Camping is available on site from Friday afternoon – please book in advance if you require electric hook up.

The event is normally one of the largest slaloms in the Yorkshire Regional Calendar and is also a great social get together.


Friday Night Paddle

We are looking at a paddle this Friday night 18th August.

Probably a paddle down the Calder from Ossett to Navigation Pub.

Anyone interested in joining please contact me latest Thursday evening to let me know you are attending. If anyone requires a boat or kit again please let me know so I can look at organising this.

DO NOT reply to this email but contact me here: andy@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com

Please note the paddle is only open to fully paid members and final participation will be at the discretion of the organiser.

On a separate note it looks like we may be able to paddle on Pugneys this Saturday so  please keep a look out on the website and Facebook etc.