Training and Coaching

A lot of new club members are also new to kayaking and canoeing and the club has training sessions and facilities to introduce new members to the sport. Alternatively some new memebers are already competent paddlers and are looking to enhance their leadership/coaching skills and the club can help with this too.

In the winter the club meets on Friday 8.30 - 10.00pm at Thimblemill baths in Smethwick see home page for details. This provides a warm and friendly way of learning the basics of the sport, performing the essential safety tests and catching up on all the latest canoe club gossip, all the necessary equipment is provided just don't forget your swiming stuff!

Enthusiastic members rapidly progress to flat water paddles along the Severn, Wye, Matlock and other locations, some members will chose to progress onto White Water trips into Snowdonia and other locations.

The club already has a number of qualified and aspiring coaches however those that are keen to complete BCU Coaching Awards will be given the experience and help required from those who have already completed the awards. We are lucky enough to have several qualified BCU assessors who can provide invaluable help to aspiring coaches and river leaders.

Competent members
As a very active club, there is always something to do for members who do not wish or require any help. Most weekends there are a group of paddlers heading out, wether it be steep white water, mellow open boating, or just a social trip. Everyone is welcome.

The club holds a modern fleet of boats. We are also lucky enough to have several open boats, these are ideal for family outings and long touring trips. All are the lighter royalex versions. We also have paddles, bouyancy aid, cags. In fact everything you need to get started.