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.

Saturday 14th May

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

We also have new kit for use on the river – we have invested in several stand up paddle boards and these will also be available for the sessions this Saturday. We only have a limited number of boards and so if we have a lot of paddlers wanting to try the boards we will have to limit the time per paddler.

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

Morning Taster/river session river

09.30 – 11.30         

Afternoon Taster/river session:

12.30 – 14:30

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 7th May

This Saturday we will run a morning Taster session at Pugneys and an afternoon River session at Horbury Junction.

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

Morning Taster session Pugneys:

09.00 – 11.00         

Afternoon River session:

12.00 – 14:00

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 30th April

This Saturday we will run morning Taster and regular sessions at Horbury Junction.

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

Morning Taster session:

09.30 – 11.30         

Morning River session:

09.30 – 11:30

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 – the cost is included in the Taster Session fee.  

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 23rd April

This Saturday we will run a morning Taster session at Pugneys and an afternoon River session at Horbury Junction.

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

Morning Taster session Pugneys:

09.00 – 11.00         

Afternoon River session:

12.00 – 14:00

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 16th April

This Saturday we will kick off our 2022 season with just a morning session on the river due to it being Easter weekend. We do have the possibility to run a small taster session group in the afternoon if there is sufficient interest in this.

Events for this weekend have been added to the Calendar

This week we are running a session on the River Calder at Horbury Junction.

Morning river session:

10.00 – 12.00pm         

Please be aware that even though the outside temperatures are due to be pleasant, the water temperature is still quite cold so please ensure you are kitted out correctly with a wetsuit and suitable footwear.

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 .

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/