Sep 29

If you are paddling this Saturday, please remember to collect any club kit you need to borrow TONIGHT, during or after the river session finishes. That is a boat, paddle, BA and helmet.

Also a quick reminder that all boats must have airbags, so please check yours has (the club have bought some sets), and long legged clothes must be worn on the river.

And finally, we have a limited number of coaches going so it is those whose names are already on the list who get priority. There may still be places available so please check the list tonight.


Sep 25
Don’t forget these fantastic events in October!:

Saturday 1st October: An Introduction to Moving Water

We are having a Moving Water day on Saturday 1st October. The venue is the River Ure at Sleningford Mill Caravan and Camp Site, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire. This caravan and camping site is right on the river bank so you can stay Friday night if you want, though most will be travelling on the day.

This day is open to all  that have paddled with us previously, and are comfortable wearing a spraydeck. The river caters for all abilities, with a still pool at the bottom of the site, gentle rapids and a slightly more difficult section for paddlers with a little more experience.

Please note however, that the River Ure has a large catchment area and can rise to high and fast levels, so we reserve the right to cancel the session, for some or all of the paddlers. The senior coaches will assess the river and make this decision on the day.

Should the river be in spate, there is a canal in Ripon we can paddle on.

●    Instructed by our own BCU qualified coaches.
●    Use of club Equipment. (While stocks last!).
●    No fees for instruction, all you pay are your caravan and camping fees.
●    Covered by club insurance (3rd party liability only).
●    See any club official for further details.
●    Please book your caravan or tent pitch directly with the campsite: www.sleningfordwatermill.co.uk

Add your name to the list on our notice board at the pool to reserve your club equipment and so we have an idea of who is going, and please book early!

The use of club boats is free, on a first-come-first served base, but can everyone please make their own arrangements for transporting the kit to the venue!

Please note that if you are taking your own kit, your boat must have airbags in the rear. All paddlers are also requested to wear long legged clothing, no shorts.

Sunday 2nd October: Wolfreton Marathon

Kingtson Kayak Club (Hull) are hosting the Wolfreton Mararthon at North Frodingham near Driffield. We are supporting this event so would like to get as many members there as possible. There are divisional races , lighning races and funraces, so anyone can enter in any type of boat. A race description can be downloaded by clicking here to go to KKC’s webpage for the event.

Thursday 6th October: Torchlit Fancy Dress Paddle

Don’t miss our annual end-of-river-season Fancy Dress Torchlit Paddle! Dress up yourself and your boat however you like (but keep it safe, you still need your buoyancy aid!) and finish off with lots of lights (don’t forget your head torch!).

Please be at the river for our normal start time of 6:00pm, but don’t forget to allow plenty of time to decorate your boat. We will have judging on the bank before the paddle starts. There might even be a prize! Then we’ll  paddle upstream past the railway bridge and return in the dark!!

Then it’s BBQ time outside the boathouse! (If you want BBQ food, please add your name to the list in the boathouse or post in the event on our facebook page).

For inspiration click here to see last years entries!

Saturday 8th October: Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)

We are running a Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course (FSRT) on Saturday 8th October on the River Ancholme. This course is a pre-requisite for anyone who wants to do their Level 1 Coaching award, but it is also useful for any one who wants to be better equipped to rescue yourself and your friends.

It is open to anyone 16 and over, but priority will be given to members who do want to move on to coaching (we need more coaches!). Places are limited, but if demand is high we will put on another course at a later date. For more details see Julian Selby who is our qualified course provider. The cost will be confirmed later, but we are much cheaper than you can do it elsewhere.

Saturday 8th October: Boat Cleaning

Saturday 8th October is also our first pool session, so we need to deep clean all the boats, paddles and decks that we will be using in the pool. Volunteers are invited to help with the boat cleaning during the day. Please see any coach for more details.


Sep 25
Four of our members took part in the Tanfield Slalom this weekend, and pictured below are Julian Selby and son Josh Selby with their awards! Josh was 1st Div 4 K1 Men Junior on Saturday and Julian was 1st Div 4 C1 men. On Sunday Julian was 1st Div 4 C1 men and won promotion to Div 3

Rebecca Selby and Neil Marley also took part, but due to problems with registering Rebecca was racing against div 2 paddlers. She did really well though paddling in the higher division.

Neil, having previously been promoted to a higher division is still improving and working his way up the table each time.


Sep 15

See below for details of:

An Introduction to moving water

We are having a Moving Water day on Saturday 1st October. The venue is the River Ure at Sleningford Mill Caravan and Camp Site, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire. This caravan and camping site is right on the river bank so you can stay Friday night if you want, though most will be travelling on the day.

This day is open to all  that have paddled with us previously, and are comfortable wearing a spraydeck. The river caters for all abilities, with a still pool at the bottom of the site, gentle rapids and a slightly more difficult section for paddlers with a little more experience.

Please note however, that the River Ure has a large catchment area and can rise to high and fast levels, so we reserve the right to cancel the session, for some or all of the paddlers. The senior coaches will assess the river and make this decision on the day.

Should the river be in spate, there is a canal in Ripon we can paddle on.
●    Instructed by our own BCU qualified coaches.
●    Use of club Equipment. (While stocks last!).
●    No fees for instruction, all you pay are your caravan and camping fees.
●    Covered by club insurance (3rd party liability only).
●    See any club official for further details.
●    Please book your caravan or tent pitch directly with the campsite: www.sleningfordwatermill.co.uk

Add your name to the list on our notice board at the pool to reserve your club equipment and so we have an idea of who is going, and please book early!

The use of club boats is free, on a first-come-first served base, but can everyone please make their own arrangements for transporting the kit to the venue!

Please note that if you are taking your own kit, your boat must have airbags in the rear. All paddlers are also requested to wear long legged clothing, no shorts.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

We are running a Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course (FSRT) on Saturday 8th October on the River Ancholme. This course is a pre-requisite for anyone who wants to do their Level 1 Coaching award, but it is also useful for any one who wants to be better equipped to rescue yourself and your friends.

It is open to anyone 16 and over, but priority will be given to members who do want to move on to coaching (we need more coaches!). Places are limited, but if demand is high we will put on another course at a later date. For more details see Julian Selby who is our qualified course provider. The cost will be confirmed later, but we are much cheaper than you can do it elsewhere.

Boat Cleaning

Saturday 8th October is also our first pool session, so we need to deep clean all the boats, paddles and decks that we will be using in the pool. Volunteers are invited to help with the boat cleaning during the day. Please see any coach for more details.


Sep 4

Here’s what’s in this newsletter:

Some of our paddlers at Cardington Slalom (left to right):
Rebecca Selby, 2ndin her category and prompted to div 3: Caitlin Marley: Sian mitchell and Jamelia Snow. Not pictured are Julian Selby and Neil Marley.

Cardington Slalom

Several of our paddlers were in action at the Cardington slalom this weekend. Everyone improved and congratulations to Rebecca Selby who was 2nd in her category and is prompted to div 3!

Some photos can be seen at the end of this email.

Do you want to try slalom?

Here are some forthcoming events. If you want to have a try, contact Neil Marley for further details.

Sept 10th 11th Slalom Div 4 Open: Wath Upon Dearne
Sept 17th 18th Slalom div 3 & 4: Marple
September 24th 25th Slalom div 2, 3 & 4: West Tanfield
Oct 8th 9th Slalom div 3 & 4: Oughtibridge
Oct 15th 16th Slalom div 2 & 3: Symonds Yat October
22nd 23rd Slalom div 3 & 4: Stone

Other discipline events:

Oct 2nd Marathon: Wolferton /Lincoln
Sept 18th marathon: Calder 2
22nd Tay decent: Whitewater for experienced paddlers
Nov 5th Tyne tour:  Whitewater for experienced paddlers

Rash Vests

On the Crew Safe website there are some special offers on rash vests: click here

Website Gallery

We now have the website photo gallery back, but at the moment the albums are not in date order.

From top, left to right;
Caitlin Marley. Jamelia Snow, Rebecca Selby, Julian Selby and Neil Marley.

Sep 3

Don’t miss our annual end-of-river-season Fancy Dress Torchlit Paddle! Dress up yourself and your boat however you like (but keep it safe, you still need your buoyancy aid!) and finish off with lots of lights (don’t forget your head torch!).

Please be at the river for our normal start time of 6:00pm, but don’t forget to allow plenty of time to decorate your boat. We will have judging on the bank before the paddle starts. There might even be a prize! Then we’ll  paddle upstream past the railway bridge and return in the dark!!

Then it’s BBQ time outside the boathouse! (If you want BBQ food, please add your name to the list in the boathouse or post in the event on our facebook page).

For inspiration click here to see last years entries!


Sep 3

Winter Pool Session at Brigg!

Our winter pool sessions start on Saturday 8th October and we are taking bookings from next week, Tuesday 6th September and Thursday 8th September.

Sessions are at 5:30 pm, 6:20 pm and 7:10 pm and cost £5 per person.

Demand is expected to be high, so to be as fair as possible:

  • We are initially saving half the available pool slots for our Tuesday night session and the other half for our Thursday night session.

  • Pool sessions can only be booked in person at the river, no phone bookings will be accepted.

  • We are taking bookings for a calendar month of sessions and payment must be made for the full month when reserving your place. As we are not starting until the 8th October, the cost for October will be 4 x £5 = £20 per person

  • We must ensure we cover our pool costs so there are no refunds if you miss a week, unless we can resell your placeIf you think you will miss a week, please let the bookings officer know and he will try to resell your place. Please do not resell it yourself as we will have a reserve list of people wanting to paddle.

  • If we can’t fit you in for October, you will get a place in November.