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Saturday 15th January

This week we are running a river session on the River Wharfe. Suitable to paddlers who have done some moving and white-water work with us.We will monitor the river levels very closely, however at the minimum required levels the trip will not be suitable to beginners to moving water. At higher levels, the club will make a decision on individual competency. Due to the  ongoing Omicron variant progressing throughout the country, we want to keep car shuttles to a minimum and as such we will only have limited numbers on this session. Conditions will be expectedly very cold, both on and off the water, so it is imperative you are dressed appropriately for the environment. A proper wetsuit and CAG Jacket or dry suit with underlayers will be required. This is not a coach led paddle but lead by suitably competent paddlers with knowledge and experience to take people on this grade of water. For full details and to register to the session, please go to the calendar page!

Saturday 30th October

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running a river trip, either from mytholmroyd to Sowerby Bridge or a session at Sowerby Bridge.

Suitable for most paddlers who have done some river work before. This is not a coach led paddle but lead by suitably competent paddlers with knowledge and experience to take people down this grade of water.

For full details and to reguister to the event, please go to the calendar page!

Saturday 12th June

Events for this weekend have been added to the calendar.

This week we are running morning sessions on the river and afternoon sessions on Pugney’s. We will run tasters sessions at both locations.

There is no rain forecast this week so the river will be at the normal level.

Morning river session:

10.00 – 12.00pm         

10.00 – 12.00pm Taster session

Afternoon Pugney’s session:

1.00 – 3.00pm

1.00 – 3.00pm Taster session

If the sessions become full we will add a further sessions. If anyone is feeling brave the river is quite low and slow flowing so would be suitable for paddle boarding if any members have a board and want to give it a try on the river.         

The café at the river is open now until 9 – 1pm so if you want a sandwich you can grab a butty before getting on the water.

The cost for borrowing equipment is £10.00 per person for any session and tasters sessions are £15 per person.  

Anyone who has not paddled with the club before MUST complete a taster session before joining regular sessions, this allows us to assess any new members and run over club safety procedure’s etc. Taster sessions can also be booked on the website .

PLEASE can all participants bear in mind there is still a high risk of Covid infection and while we are allowed a larger number of people on the water social distancing must remain in place off the water. Please ensure when coming along to sessions you do not socialise with other members while sorting out kit etc. and once you have picked up your kit move away from the trailer area and sort out your kit with your family members or bubble.

Sessions Cancelled – Saturday 10th April

Unfortunately we have to postpone all sessions for this coming Saturday (10th April), as several of our coaches and helpers have had notification from the NHS app to self isolate.

The club takes the safety and well being of all particpants very seriously, so we have decided that due to a reduced number of coaches able to run the sessions, we do not have adequite cover to safely deliver sessions. As such, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this Saturday.

We will move all bookings onto the following Saturday 17th April (at the same time). If this is not convenient for you, we can look to arranage for you to attend a different session in the future. Please contact us if you do not wish to be on the next sessions and would prefer a credit or refund.

We can only apologise for this but I’m sure you all know we always put everyone’s safety as a top priority.

We thank you for your understanding.

West Yorkshire Canoe Club

Saturday 29th August – Return to Pugneys!

Events for this weekend have been added to the calendar. Due to the high amount of rainfall, the Rivers are not suitable for our regular Saturday sessions. However, as restrictions have been partially lifted at Pugneys Country Park Lake, we are able to run sessions at our usual home.

Sessions are being run but with limited numbers per session. To assist with social distancing measures, we will be running small sessions of no more than 5 people (in line with guidance from British Canoeing) and setting off in half hourly intervals. There are 5 two hour sessions on the calendar this week starting from 10am to 12pm .

Changing rooms within the main building are not presently available, so please arrive at the session prepared as best as possible and prepared to change at your car / outside. For current up-to-date information about current amenities at pugneys, see the page below:

Depending on the wishes of the group and the weather, we can either paddle around the lake or stay in the sheltered area.

Costs for borrowing equipment are £8.00 per person as there is a charge the club have to pay to Pugneys for each paddler on the lake.

Saturday 22nd August

Apologies for the delay in posting events this week! We will be running the same two sessions as we have in previous weeks. 

A lot of rain has fallen so we’re keeping a close eye on the river levels. 

Morning session will run 10 – 12pm and afternoon session 12 – 2pm.
This should also allow time to grab a bite from the cafe 😁😁.

Our online booking system is now fully up and running allowing you to book your place and pay on line if requiring equipment.

I will setup a Facebook group for this weekend and add people as they book or confirm by message on here.

If you require to borrow any kit please message me before 6pm Friday on Facebook or drop a mail to club secretary