Many of you may have seen on social media or heard about the temporary suspension of water sports at Pugneys until mid July. This is due to staffing problems of safety boats on the water.
Apologies to club members but the temporary suspension of water sports, includes West Yorkshire Canoe Club and our Saturday Sessions.
Whilst we are strongly making the case, as a Club we are more than qualified and competent to provide our own Safety on the water. We have been forced to cancel this Saturday’s Club Session, 17th June.
We will update you on further Saturday Sessions at Pugneys ASAP.
This weekend is our family camping weekend at Slenningford so there is the opportunity to visit for the day for some paddling or depending upon the level of interest we can look to possibly organise a local paddle depending upon safety cover etc.
If interested please drop me an e mail: andy@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com or send a message on Facebook.


This weekend 13/14th May is the Greenstar Canoe Club lake slalom at Manvers Lake near Wath Upon Dearne.

The slalom is a Div 4 competition for beginners and as such is open to anyone who would like to have a try at slalom – adults as well as children. There are different age categories and prizes for all age groups. There is a slalom race on both Saturday and Sunday.

Some younger club members have expressed an interest in having a go at slalom – this is the perfect opportunity.

We can arrange to borrow the slalom boats and all necessary equipment at the weekend.

If anyone is interested in having a go this weekend please drop me an email: andy@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com

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Good evening, after a lot of discussions with Pugney’s we have finally come to an agreement which means we can get back to paddling.

Sessions will start this coming Saturday 13th May – meet at the green container at 12.30pm to be on the water 1 – 3pm.

If anyone requires any information about the sessions please email: club.secretary@westyorkshirecanoeclub.com

The swipe card system will once again be in operation – any member who doesn’t have a swipe card will need to download the form from our website and complete and hand in to us prior to paddling, Pugney’s will then issue a swipe card that must be swiped at reception before paddling.

Also child consent forms for anyone under the age of 18 will need to be completed prior to paddling – again these are available for download on our website. Please ensure you have all forms completed prior to paddling.

One other important note – the car park must be paid as soon as you enter the park, we have no control over this and the warden WILL issue tickets.

We hope to see lots of members over the summer months.


It’s that time of year again when our annual Washburn rafting event comes around.

For those of you who are not aware what the Washburn is it is a small stream between 2 reservoirs, during our weekend we pay Yorkshire Water to open the valve on the top reservoir releasing millions of gallons of clean water into the stream transforming it into a grade 2/3 whitewater river.

Kayaking is free to club members during the weekend providing they can help out for a couple of hours with the event, car parking, catering etc.

As the river will be grade 2/3 it is NOT possible for novice paddlers to participate – the final decision will be with the event organisers on the day.

We will however have a club raft available during the weekend that club members can have a run in again as long as they can lend a hand during the event, the raft will be suitable for most members and children but again the final decision will be down to the raft guide.

The Washburn information poster is available for download below, please try to circulate the poster as we need to drum up interest in the event in order to cover the costs of the water release.

Washburn Poster

Devon Club Trip

The suns out and its the last call for the summer Devon Club Holiday.
The remaining pitches we provisionally reserved have now been released back into the general booking system, as the campsite is filling up on our chosen dates.
We recommend Club members who have not booked to do so ASAP but cannot guarantee a pitch will be available.
Mill Park has agreed to continue the 10% discount offer to WYCC members until the 31st May 2017, subject to a pitch being available.
Booking & 2017 Prices
See the Mill Park Website for the latest info & prices http://www.millparklimited.co.uk – 10% discount available until 31st May 2017, subject to pitches being available.
Minimum deposit required at time of booking and the balance one month before arrival.
How to Book:
Online via website.
By Telephone – 01271 882647 Have you payment card to hand
By Post – Complete the booking form, sign it and post to, Mill Park Limited, Mill Park Touring Site, Mill Lane, Berrynarbor, Nr Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9SH.
Don’t forget your payment or deposit to confirm your booking.
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The club were looking to begin the Saturday sessions at Pugney’s shortly but due to unforeseen circumstance, Pugney’s have not confirmed the clubs terms and condition for the 2017 paddling season.

Pugney’s hope to have things in place to paddle as a club by Friday 28th April. Hopefully we will back paddling the first weekend in May. Apologies for any inconvenience.

We will look to run a river session for anyone interested  maybe Saturday 29th April if there is sufficient interest.

Saturday 08th April Sowerby Bridge

This Saturday we are looking at going to Sowerby Bridge for a couple of hours, general kayaking and slalom practise for anyone who wants to have a try.

Plan is to meet at 12 midday in the car park on the industrial estate just over the river here:  HX6 1AW.

The river here is very safe at current levels and great for beginners as there are several sections of small weirs with large pools after them.

If you would like to join us please email HERE before 9pm Friday.

Slalom Information

So slalom season is just about upon us so see below for information and details of upcoming events.

Firstly if you are looking to compete in any races this year and are wanting to accumulate points you should have already registered and requested a bib, this will be your number for the year unless you are promoted  during the season. To apply for a bib you have to send off to the bib officer for your division. You should also be a current member of British  Canoeing.

Hopefully there will be another training session in the next couple of weeks at Matlock – details to follow.

Upcoming events:

March 11/12th – Stone Div 3/4 ST15 0EX                                                             March 25/26th – Matlock Div 2 DE4 3PT                                                               April 1/2nd – Oughtibridge Div 3/4 S35 0GG                                                       April 15/16th – Tynedale, Hexham Div 2/3/open NE48 3NP

You can also enter any slalom that is not for your division as an official but you will not receive any points towards your years score.

Most of the events have a limited number of entries available and so places should be booked in advance, this will also avoid late entry fees. Most of the events require you to complete a blue entry card and post off along with a cheque to the relevant organiser.

I will most likely be at most of the events and so can send off a group booking for anyone who is looking to compete.

Please let me know if you intend to compete at any of the events or would like to attend any training sessions, also if you require boats or equipment so we can organise these in advance.

Contact me HERE

For details about slalom and events click logo below: