Shrewsbury Canoe Club
GENERAL TRAINING SESSIONS IN SHREWSBURY
Who for? Club members and prospective members on up to 2 taster sessions.
What types of paddling? For all abilities in kayaks (general purpose, sea and touring), canoe and paddleboards
Where and when? Monday nights (excluding Bank Holidays) at Frankwell cricket field from roughly the beginning of May to mid September.
Check the to see if any sessions are currently open for booking . Having booked you should come to the club containers beyond the cricket pavilion for the start of your session, (dressed ready to go on the water), to sign in and meet your coach.
Do I have to book? For a place in a group with a Club Coach or Leader the answer is “Yes”
Both members and non members can book places via the booking form here: Book onto Events and Trips
Non members are restricted to 2 “taster sessions”. Coaching/ leadership is free of charge.
Boat hire is £7.50 per session payable on booking and the fee includes paddle/deck/bouyancy aid and, if applicable, helmet. No fee if you use your own boat. You do not need to book a boat for these sessions, one will be allocated on your arrival.
How should I dress? Dress for the weather (it can be cold early in the season especially if it is windy). No denim and no cotton T shirts. Footwear obligatory and old trainers with thin soles are ideal. (Thick soled shoes not appropriate).
We try to match ages and abilities within each group subject to our over- riding aim to get as many people on the water as possible.
Changing rooms at Frankwell Gender specific changing rooms are available for mixed age group use.
Mobile phones, cameras or any other recording devices must not be used in changing rooms at any time.
Parents of U18s are allowed to supervise their child (of the same gender) whilst in the changing room.
INTRO TO WHITE WATER SESSIONS FOR KAYAK OR CANOE
Who for? Club Members and prospective members on up to 2 taster sessions
Where and when? From early May to mid September it's Tuesday evenings at Jackfield in Ironbridge and Wednesday evenings from at Mile End Mill on the Dee in Llangollen.
Do I have to book? For a place in a group with a Club Coach or Leader the answer is “Yes”.
Available sessions are shown on the calendar. Book places (and pay for boat hire and site access fees if applicable) via the booking form here: Book onto Events and Trips
What skill level is expected? Reasonable flat water skills and a confident capsize/exit.
Getting boats to/from the session: You must get yourself and the following kit to the venue (though the secretary or any coach may be able to arrange assistance).
Boat (fitted with airbags), paddle, spray deck, BA, helmet, suitable warm and windproof clothing.
All these items (except clothing) can be hired for £7.50 per session (payable on line when you book). They can be collected at the end of the Monday night session and must be returned no later than 5.45pm on the following Monday (or sooner if required by another member).
To get to Mile End Mill, Llangollen: West-bound on the A5; as you leave the 30mph zone in Llangollen the Mill is the tatty old industrial building on the right, Drive down onto the car park. TNR, who run the site, charge a £5 per head fee for parking/access. This will be payable by you direct to TNR.
Jackfield sessions start at either the Telford canoe club site or the Half Moon Pub. From Ironbridge drive east along the north bank of the river up to the shiny modern Jackfield bridge. For the Telford CC site: turn off left just before the bridge and carry on east for about 800 metres to a set of double gates giving access to the site. For the Half Moon pub:-cross the bridge, turn immediately left and carry on through narrow windy lanes following signs to the Half Moon pub.
Sessions starting at the Telford CC incur an access fee of £2.50 per head payable online or collectable in cash by the coach on the night.
Always mention any conditions or medication to your coach/leader.
Always carry any emergency medication (Inhalers, Epipens, GTN etc) and tell your coach/leader where they are. Don’t just leave them on the bank as you may be some distance from the launch point during the session.
Essential reading! The risk is very low where we paddle but it is important that you know how to minimise the risk and what to do if you may have picked up an infection.
Cancellation/restriction of access to sessions
River levels and weather conditions can change quickly (especially at the beginning of the season) and for safety reasons the Lead Coach may have to cancel the session or to restrict participation by age or ability.