Bristol Canoe Club is a club for paddlers in the Bristol area.
We are a very active club, and we do lots of things – see the Calendar page for the latest info, but also we do a lot of trips at short notice, organised via our members-only email list.
We are involved in white-water paddling, flatwater racing, polo, plus general leisure.
For more information, please see the General Information link, Membership, Contacts, or any of the pages available from the menus at the top of the page.
Our online membership sign-up with webcollect is here: Bristol Canoe Club webcollect page, but we’d prefer if you come down to one of our sessions and say hello before signing up.
In Summer 2015, a group of us went to Montenegro to paddle the Tara gorge, a beautiful three-day trip through a deep gorge.
We found that the (limited) available information was sometimes misleading, so I created something to help future trips.
This document isn’t really a trip write-up, instead it describes the logistics and journey times (both on roads and rivers) to give some help with trip planning.
I hope this is useful!
We have a Facebook Group for experienced Flatwater and Surfski paddlers looking to Train and/or Race with Bristol Canoe Club members, search ‘Bristol Kayak Racing’ in Facebook. Please note, this is only for Flatwater and Surfski training and racing and not for general paddling*. As well as throughout the week, the most regular training sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with members meeting at various times between 5pm and 7pm at Baltic Wharf or on the Bristol Channel. Email email@example.com if you wish to join in. See you then!
*Although not regularly updated, there is a general Facebook Page, search ‘Bristol Canoe Club’ in Facebook.
Our Canoe Polo sessions start at the Pool from Sept 14th 2016 from 8-30pm. The sessions are held at Bristol South swimming pool in Bedminster and later in the month on 28th our open session starts at 8-00pm where basic rolling and paddling skills can also be coached. The cost for Polo is £9 or £31 per month by standing order. We also have boats and polo kit at the pool, so come along and see what it is like.
So where do you go in August to kayak brilliant consistent Grade 3 water (its dam released), in the sun, avoid car shuttles, while being surrounded by beautiful green forests?
Answer – take up Dave Hill’s invitation to the National White Water Centre on the River Tryweryn near Bala. Having never paddled this river I thought it was time to raise eye brows in the Club and dispense with a Polo Boat and return to White-water and what a great trip. On the Saturday we did the Lower Section including Bala Falls followed by circuits on the upper before camping at the now very kayak friendly camp-site. The Sunday recommenced with further circuits in what was perfect weather. Great water and great company with “Mad” Morgan on his first proper WW trip, Captain Dave providing “naval” leadership on and off the river as well as some great coaching, Dave’s mate Barney who travelled up from Gosport and Joe who showed us all what is possible in a kayak.
Many thanks Dave for organising a great trip and if you’ve never been to the Tryweryn go and try it. So, when is the next white water trip?
Bristol Canoe Club run their summer polo training at the CPFA Outdoor Pitch at the Cumberland Basin in central Bristol from 6-30pm every Wednesday.
Both Club and Non-Members are welcome to come along and join in. More details available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bristol Canoe Club ran a Mini Canoe Polo tournament at Bristol’s Polo Pitch in the Cumberland Basin on Sunday July 23rd 2016. The teams consisted of two teams from Cardiff, the Bristol Penguins, a scratch Bristol Pitbulls and a University team. Congratulations to Cardiff B for winning the tournament. Great weather contributed to a really enjoyable day. Hope to see more club players and members next time.
My photos from France are here; enjoy:
As always, the best rapids don’t have any photos. 🙁
The club will be organising a beginner’s course for adults in June 2016. The course will consist of four 2-hour sessions on Bristol docks, on Thursday evenings from 6pm. This will cost £60.
This course will begin on 9th June. If you are interested, please email our enquires address; see our contacts page.
Note that this course is now full.
The club will be organising a beginner’s course for adults in May/June 2014. The course will consist of four 2-hour sessions on Bristol docks, on Thursday evenings from 6pm. This will (probably) cost £60.
This course is expected to begin around the middle of May. If you are interested, please email our enquires address; see our contacts page.