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River Trip 1st October (Moving/White Water)

On the 1st October we we are running a river trip, the destination will be decided nearer the time dependent on the water levels.
(Options may include the River Wharf or River Tees, or in the event of limited rainfall we would go to the Tees Barrage Whitewater Course.

The trip will be suitable for paddlers who have done some moving and white-water work with us. If you are unsure if it is suitable for you, please register for the trip and a club coach will be able to provide guidence.

To register for the trip, please go to the Calendar page, link below:

Saturday 23rd July

This Saturday we will run all sessions on the River at Horbury Junction.

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

River/Taster sessions:

10.00 – 13.00         

The above times are START of session times so please ensure you arrive early enough to get changed, kitted out and ready to get on the water at the time above.

Please ensure you are kitted out correctly with a change of clothes and suitable footwear – wetsuit shoes or pumps, trainers are too bulky. We have a limited number of wetsuits available on a first come basis but can’t guarantee availability.

The café at the river is open 9am – 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.  

We have a few Stand Up Paddle Boards for use as well as kayaks – if you prefer to use these please ensure you message us to confim.

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 at £15 per session .

Saturday 16th July

This Saturday we will run all sessions on the River at Horbury Junction.

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

River/Taster sessions:

10.00 – 13.00         

The above times are START of session times so please ensure you arrive early enough to get changed, kitted out and ready to get on the water at the time above.

Please ensure you are kitted out correctly with a change of clothes and suitable footwear – wetsuit shoes or pumps, trainers are too bulky. We have a limited number of wetsuits available on a first come basis but can’t guarantee availability.

The café at the river is open 9am – 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.  

We have a few Stand Up Paddle Boards for use as well as kayaks – if you prefer to use these please ensure you message us to confim.

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 at £15 per session .

Upcoming Sessions (Saturday 11th/18th/25th June)

Events for this and following weekends have been added to the Calendar

Saturday 11th June – Pugneys Lake

Please ensure you are kitted out correctly with a change of clothes and suitable footwear – wetsuit shoes or pumps, trainers are too bulky. We have a limited number of wetsuits available on a first come basis but can’t guarantee availability.

The café at the river is open 9am – 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.  

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 .

Saturday 18th June – Weekend Away/Tees Barrage Peer Paddle

This saturday, there will be no sessions at Pugneys Lake or on the River Calder as most coaches/leaders are away.

There will be a peer paddle (non-club event) at the Tees Barrage Whitewater Centre for those competent on a grade 2/3 whitewater enviroment.

Saturday 25th June – River Calder at Horbury Junction

This Saturday we will be running all sessions on the River at Horbury Junction. Although the sessions are ont he calendar, they will not be availiable to book until close to the time.

River Calder – Paddle Cleanup!

When we paddle, we all too often see the effects of plastic waste strewn in the trees and river banks. We are in a unique position as paddlers, as we can collect plastic from places others are unable to access.

Join us this Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend where we will be cleaning up a stretch of the River Calder in Horbury.

Photos of Plastic rubbish strewn 
across the river where we paddle. Click the image to see a larger version!
Photos of Plastic rubbish strewn across the river where
we paddle. Click the image to see a larger version!

We will prepare a range of craft (canoe’s, paddleboards and kayaks) to help comb the river of debris and rubbish along the banks. Paddling with us will be free, so why not come along for a couple of hours and have some fun on the water and help clean up our local environment!

A Safety briefing will be provided by qualified coaches, All Equipment and PPE for collecting rubbish will be provided and all equipment and safety wear for staying safe ion the water will be provided.

Annual Memberships now due for renewal

If you have not already renewed, you can do so online at: https://membermojo.co.uk/westyorkshirecanoeclub/renew

We would like to thank all members for your support over the last 12 months. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the club has seen a period of growth and expansion and managed to plan regular paddling sessions, seeing new members join and be enthused by the sport with existing members improving their skills.

Membership for paddlers who joined the club prior to August 2020 will now be able to renew their membership. A valid membership is required to join us on any paddling sessions, for insurance and safety purposes. Paddlers who’s membership has lapsed will be asked to renew before joining a paddle.

In August of 2020, the club extended membership renewals by 6 months free of charge, due to the ongoing restrictions preventing us running sessions. To bring our membership year back into sync with the club rules (membership is October to October) and as a result of ongoing issues with our online payments, we are offering a free membership renewal for the next 6 months. You will be able to renew as normal, but there will be no charge at the end. 

Although the start of 2022 will still have its challenges, we are keen to deliver regular sessions and look at returning to pool sessions at Dewsbury Swimming pool as soon as safely possible.

We’d love for you renew your membership and to be part of the journey in 2022. Sincere thanks to all those members who have renewed over the last few weeks.

You can sign into our membership portal and update your details (including any linked members) and add any family members to your family membership, if required. You will not require a password.

To log in and renew your membership, please click the link below:
https://membermojo.co.uk/westyorkshirecanoeclub/renew

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! https://www.westyorkshirecanoeclub.com/calendar/

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! https://www.westyorkshirecanoeclub.com/calendar/