Paddlers are expected to provide their own individual safety equipment and essential canoe clothing. Buoyancy aid, helmets, spray decks, 1st aid, a whistle, wetsuit or dry suit, waterproof cags, under clothing and footwear are essential. Any group safety equipment needed is sorted out by the group members prior to starting. The club has some canoes and equipment to borrow but these are limited in supply and really for beginners to try on calmer rivers and lakes.
Swimming pool sessions take place at a local pool each Autumn and Winter, new members should attend these to practice skills essential to safety such as capsize exits and rescues and paddle support strokes. Many members attend to improve existing skills such as rolling and other paddle techniques before going on river and sea trips.
We currently tend to paddle on Wednesdays and Sundays, with weekend or weeklong trips regularly planned.
Communications take place through the canoeists mailing list and members can say what trips they would like to have on when the quarterly programme is being planned.