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.
I have a copy of the very first newsletter distributed by Bristol Canoe Club.
This is “Issue 1, Number 1”, December 1962. The club had obviously been founded before this, but we don’t know how much earlier.
Note that this includes a suggestion to paddle the river Dart from Dartmeet in Jan 1963, “Rough water grading unknown, since, to the best of our knowledge, it has not been previously canoed, but probably R.W. III-IV.”
I have scanned this in, so have a look here.
Bristol Canoe Club Newsletter Issue 1 Dec 1962
The “cream” of Bristol’s Polo players reformed into a single team for the annual South West League – Div 2. Three wins and two draws should see us second in the league. Brilliant polo location at Millfield School.
BCC’s Pool Session
Bristol Canoe Club welcomes all new members and polo players of all abilities. Our canoe polo sessions are now running in Bristol South swimming pool on Dean Lane in Bedminster from 8-45pm each Wednesday until May 2017. We have a range of Club polo boats and kit so come along and try out this exciting game.
We also run an open session for beginners and coaching rolling and paddling skills. The open session starts at 8pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.