General Information

[ Summer 2022. Please see our separate page regarding membership applications during the CoronaVirus situation: Membership applications during Covid-19 ]

Bristol Canoe Club is a club for Canoe and Kayak paddlers in the Bristol area. As at April 2022, we have around 130 adult members (and just a very few youth members). We are an informal club and are not highly organised.

The club is active in white water trips, polo, marathon racing, and some surfing; see our Calendar here. Members also organise some continental trips, as well as many social events during the year. We organise occasional formal beginner’s courses. Please note: We don’t have any facilities for taking out groups, of either adults or youths. Also, we do not have any kayaks or canoes available for rent to the public.

From April to September the club meets at Baltic Wharf, in Bristol Docks, on Wednesday or Thursday evenings, at about 6pm. As an experiment for 2022, the first week of each month we meet on a Wednesday, and the other weeks are on a Thursday; this allows people to handle schedule conflicts. During the winter, we meet on Wednesday evenings at Bristol South swimming pool, in Bedminster, at 8.00pm for pool sessions, followed by Polo training at 8.45pm. Afterwards, the club generally adjourns to the nearest pub for a chat.

Some coaching may be available on club nights, but it cannot be guaranteed, since it depends on the goodwill of members willing to teach beginners. We have canoe equipment available for club members to try out different aspects of the sport. We expect club members to provide their own equipment in due course.

If you are a complete beginner interested in learning to paddle, you should contact the club secretary, and should sign up to one of our beginner’s courses.

Club membership costs £33 per year for full adult membership. Youth membership costs £23. Temporary membership costs £5 for each time the member partakes in club activities, up to a maximum of four weeks. Pool sessions cost £4.00 for adult members, £6.00 for adult non-members. Polo sessions cost extra.

A programme of club events is produced at regular intervals, and this indicates the name of the person who should be contacted for more information. We also publish a quarterly newsletter with articles about club activities. We have an active email discussion list, used for arranging trips and socials, etc; this list is open to club members only.

For more information please email our club contact.

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