Book river trips

Phoenix Canoe Club run regular river trips to suit a range of  abilities from novice to intermediate and beyond. One Star paddlers can attend “Adult Paddles” for over 18’s or “Big Day Out Paddles” for all ages, generally on flat water with the odd section of excitement – a drop, slide or rapids – all of which can usually be portaged around. At Two Star ability level, the list opens up to include a range of rivers generally with good sections of grade 2 water with rapids, weirs, small drops and features. We also run regular trips to the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre, where you can be coached on the Legacy Course before you take your LVWW Assessment and then work up to the Olympic course. At Three Star level, most trips are open to you, with grade 3 features introduced into the mix and some paddling on rivers abroad available. Four Star paddlers are trained to lead small groups on whitewater and with the Moderate Water Endorsement can also coach whitewater skills. You can progress at your own speed through the awards schemes or use the foundation strokes learnt on the One Star award for recreational paddling. Feel free to discuss your requirements with the coaching team. We coach from 1 Star to 3 Star Whitewater and can suggest suitable providers for 4* and leadership and coaching skills.

Weekend trips generally include transport, accommodation, food, coaching and equipment. Accommodation can vary from camping, static caravans, bunkhouses, chalets and hotels. We will always attempt to keep genders and age ranges in separate rooms. The size of trip may be limited by coaching staff, size of accommodation, transport issues etc. Book early to ensure you get a place. All trips have been published with the date the WebCollect bookings site shuts. We may be able to take additional people after this date, but you will need to contact the trip leader to find out if their are still places available.

All trips are very dependent on weather and river conditions and we cannot guarantee that we paddle or use the advertised rivers.

When you book onto a trip, we need to capture certain personal information. We need this so that we can contact you and be aware of any particular needs to run the session or course effectively and safely.


ADULT PADDLES

This is a series of trips just for the adults (18+) who have One Star, flat water paddles with a stop at a pub (or Tea Room) for lunch or at the end of the trip. No kids showing off, no tantrums (unless it’s your round or you’re the nominated driver), just a steady pace and great company. Open to all One Star paddlers over 18.  The paddle routes are based on the book “Pub Paddles” by Peter Knowles and other local favourites and will vary in length and location – sign up to the Phoenix Canoe Club mailings to keep updated on the trips. Some trips may be more expensive depending on distance, river permits etc and we will update costs as soon as we can.

Saturday 17th February 2018 – £15 adults / £20 non-members – Swift Ditch at Abingdon, near Oxford

Saturday 17th March 2018 – £15 adults / £20 non-members – River Wey at Guildford

Saturday 10th November 2018 – £15 adults / £20 non-members – Olympic Park

Saturday 22nd December 2018 – £15 adults / £20 non-members – Marlow to Maidenhead / Xmas Dinner

Trip Date(s): See above (Bookings shut: 2 weeks before the trip date)

Purpose of Trip: Recreation, Sightseeing, Fitness 

Minimum Ability Level: 1 Star with no whitewater experience

Equipment: Free use of Club gear and boats or use your own suitable equipment

Book Adult Paddles here:

Adult Paddles


“BIG DAY OUT”

These trips are aimed at all members from 9 years to adult with One Star award and will allow you to get more trips under your belt before signing up for the Two Star. Children, families, adults are all welcome. Like the adult paddles, the trips will be mainly flat water with the odd section of excitement – a drop, slide or rapids – all of which can usually be portaged around, if preferred. We will stop en-route for a packed lunch (and possibly buy an ice cream or cuppa) and plan some fun activities for the break. Trips include use of the Club equipment and transport.

Saturday 28th April 2018 – £15 members / £20 non-members – River Ivel, near Sandy, Bedfordshire

Saturday 2nd June 2018 – £15 members / £20 non-members – River Thames, Eton Dorney to Windsor

Saturday 28th July 2018 – £15 members / £20 non-members – Lea Navigation, finish at Lee Valley Whitewater Centre

Sunday 19th August 2018 – £15 members / £20 non-members – River Thames, Chertsey

Saturday 22nd September 2018 – £15 members / £20 non-members – River Medway, Tonbridge Wells to Yalding

Trip Date(s): See above (Bookings shut: 2 weeks before the trip date)

Purpose of Trip: Recreation, Sightseeing, Fitness 

Minimum Ability Level: 1 Star with no whitewater experience

Equipment: Free use of Club gear and boats or use your own suitable equipment

Book “Big Day Out” here:

“Big Day Out”


LEE VALLEY WHITE WATER CENTRE

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The Club runs regular trips to the Lee Valley White Water Centre offering training opportunities with one of our whitewater coaches or river leaders on either the Legacy Course or the mighty Olympic Course.  We currently have 2 coaches that can coach and lead groups on the Legacy Course and can accommodate up to 8 students at one time!  These sessions are advertised through the Newsletters via e-mail and are booked direct with the coach running the session.  These sessions are a fantastic introduction to white water at Grade 2+/3 and are open to anyone at 2* level upwards.  When you achieve a level of satisfactory competence, you can take the LVWW Assessment which will allow you to paddle outside of a coached group.  We charge £22 for a two hour session on the Legacy Course with a coach, including the use of club boats, kit and transport. For more information  and bookings contact phil@phoenixcanoeclub.co.uk

Trip Date: See Newsletters & Calendar (Bookings open 6 days before and  shut on Wednesday evening before trip)

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: 2 Star with 2 hours low level whitewater experience

Equipment: Free use of Club gear and boats or use your own suitable equipment


RIVER DERWENT

We visit a small stretch of Grade 1 and 2 white water in Matlock, Derbyshire which is an ideal first trip for whitewater trainees and great for anyone to get some practice. This is a day trip and can be used as part of the training for our 3 Star course or just as a practice session. 3 Star trainees should be pre-registered on the course, however, you can join afterwards – its a good chance to try before you buy!  All paddlers should be at minimum 2 Star level.  This is a natural river and has a nice selection of whitewater features to learn on.  We meet at 8.00am at the PCC and will be back around 7pm. Bring a packed lunch and some money for drinks and snacks on the motorway.  The cost for the trip is £30 including coaching, transport and equipment.

Trip Date: Saturday 7th April 2018 (Bookings shut: 24th March 2018)

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational

Minimum Ability Level: 2 Star trainee with 2 hours low level whitewater experience

Equipment: Free use of Club gear and boats or use your own suitable equipment

Book River Derwent Trip here:

River Derwent 2018


RIVER WYE TRIP

The trip is open to holders of the BC Two Star award (or 2* trainees) and good training for BC Three Star paddlers and will be held on the River Wye close to Symonds Yat in Herefordshire.  We will be travelling on Friday evening by minibus or private cars (approx. 3 hours journey time) and should arrive around 10.30pm. We will be based at Biblins campsite just downstream from Symonds Yat, staying in tents.  If you do not have a tent, we can supply one.  We will supply full catering from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch.

We can provide kayaks, paddles, wetsuits, spray decks, cagoules and helmets.  Kit lists will be provided for all participants.  We will split up into small groups and do a river trip and have planned that each group will practice moving water skills on the rapids.  All activities are very dependent on weather and river conditions and we cannot guarantee that you will be able to use the rapids.

At Symonds Yat, the river narrows past an island and down the rapids, where we will be able to practice breaking in, breaking out and ferry gliding.  This is an exciting trip with plenty of experiences for all levels of paddlers and backed up by a team of coaches to ensure you get the most from your trip. So good, we go there twice!

After lunch on Sunday, we will be returning to the Phoenix Canoe Club and should arrive around 5/6pm. The cost for the trip is £70* juniors / £75* seniors, which includes transport, campsite and launch fees, Saturday and Sunday catering, use of club equipment and coaching. At the time of publishing, the Biblins Campsite lease is being re-tendered and we may need to amend the costing if their rates change significantly.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact: Phil Atkinson – 07837 585798 / phil@phoenixcanoeclub.co.uk

Trip Date: 15th-17th June 2018 (Bookings shut: 2nd June 2018)

Trip Date: 5th-7th October 2018 (Bookings shut: 22nd September 2018)

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Sightseeing, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: 2 Star trainee with 2 hours low level whitewater experience

Equipment: Free use of Club gear and boats or use your own suitable equipment. You should have your own thermal clothing.

Book River Wye Trip here:

River Wye Trip 2018


DART LOOP TRIP

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The Dart Loop is a great trip for those who have a bit of whitewater experience.  The section is 5km of classic grade 2/3 river starting at Newbridge and finishing at Dart Country Park.  We will be staying at a bunkhouse or static caravan near Dartmoor. The cost is £95 and includes catering from Saturday am to Sunday lunch, accommodation, transport, equipment etc..  We normally stop at the Country Park for their fantastic carvery (not included in cost) before the long trek home. Some spending money will be advised to get something to eat on the journey. With features such as Lovers Leap, Washing Machine, Spin Dryer, Triple Falls; you know you are in for a treat on this well paddled river.

Trip Date: 2nd-4th February 2018 (Bookings shut: 20th January 2018)

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Good level 2 Star with 10 hours whitewater experience or 3 Star trainee.

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. You should have your own whitewater specific helmet, cag and buoyancy aid as a minimum.

Book Dart Loop Trip here:

Dart Loop Trip 2018


LOWER TRYWERYN RIVER TRIP

We are running a trip to North Wales from 6pm on Friday 4th to Sunday 6th May 2018 staying at a bunkhouse near Bala on Friday & Saturday evening.  On the Saturday we are planning to paddle the lower section of the Tryweryn from the National Whitewater Centre at Frongoch down to Bala.  The river is a classic Grade 2+ river with one Grade 3 feature and one at Grade 4 that can be portaged.  On the Sunday we will either paddle some short Grade 2 / 3 sections of the Upper Tryweryn or the River Dee at Llangollen.  We will be travelling by minibus / private cars and the trip includes food from Saturday cooked breakfast to Sunday packed lunch, launch fees, bunkhouse, petrol and minibus hire, equipment and coaching.  The cost is £110 (club members only for training) including all access fees

The trip is open to good Two Star paddlers, 3 Star trainees and above.  You should find this challenging but within your ability.  We will split up into small groups and have planned that each group will practice moving water skills on the rapids.  All activities are very dependent on weather and river conditions and we cannot guarantee that we paddle or use the advertised rivers.

Trip Date: 4th-6th May 2018 (Bookings shut: 21st April 2018)

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Good level 2 Star with 10 hours whitewater experience or 3 Star trainee.

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. You should have your own whitewater specific helmet, cag and buoyancy aid as a minimum.

Book Lower Tryweryn Trip here:

Lower Tryweryn 2018


USK & UPPER WYE RIVER TRIP

An action packed weekend in South Wales.  We travel up on Friday evening and stay at the Star bunkhouse in Bwlch. On Saturday we paddle the River Usk from Talybont finishing at Llangynidr which includes some rapids and drops with the highlight shooting the Mill Falls.  The next day, we paddle a short but exciting section of the Upper Wye finishing at Town Falls in Rhayader.  Both of the rivers are Grade 2/3 but have different features – the Talybont section of the Usk is a wide river complete with larger rapids whilst the Upper Wye is narrow and tracks down the mountainside with plenty of features along the way.  You can attend this trip for recreational fun or as  part of the 3 Star Training or assessment.

The cost for this trip is £95 including catering from Saturday breakfast, accommodation, coaching, transport and equipment.

Trip Date: 23rd-25th November 2018 (Bookings shut: 10th November 2018)

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Good level 2 Star with 10 hours whitewater experience or 3 Star trainee.

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. You should have your own whitewater specific helmet, cag and buoyancy aid as a minimum.

Book Usk & Upper Wye Trip here:

Usk & Upper Wye 2018


UPPER TRYWERYN RIVER TRIP

We paddle the exciting Upper Tryweryn, a grade 3/4 section of  whitewater with features such as the Graveyard, Ski Jump, Cafe Wave, Fingers Rapids.  We’ll let you know when you are ready to run this or sample some of the easier sections. Our planned trip is Friday 31st  August to Sunday 2nd September 2018 and we will be staying in a local bunkhouse – Cost is £110pp including access fees – check with us before you book to make sure you are able to paddle this section. We are not able to predict whether this facility is open one or both days until a few days before departure, but will substitute for similar rivers in the area if necessary.

Trip Date: 31st August-2nd September 2018 (Bookings shut: 18th August 2018)

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Paddling, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: 3 Star with 20 hours whitewater experience.

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. You should have all of your own whitewater specific clothing and equipment.

Book Upper Tryweryn trip here:

Upper Tryweryn 2018


UPPER DART

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We are running a trip to the Upper Dart on Dartmoor – see below, which is grade 3/4 and not for the feint-hearted – when you are ready, you’ll be invited to join us on this epic section. Ask before you book! We will stay in indoor bunkhouse or static caravan accommodation and the trip will be catered from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch.  The cost of £95 includes transport, catering, accommodation, equipment and coaching / leading.

Trip Date: 14th-16th December 2018 (Bookings shut: 1st December 2018)

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Paddling, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Good level 3 Star with 30 hours whitewater experience.

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. You should have all of your own whitewater specific clothing and equipment.

Book Upper Dart trip here:

Upper Dart 2018


PHOENIX INDIA EXPEDITION 2018

We are running a trip to India to paddle the Ganges and Kali rivers by kayak and raft and have 36 people on the trip running in October 2018.  We have a separate website for the trip at https://www.phoenixindiaexpedition.co.uk/ or e-mail Phil at phil@phoenixcanoeclub.co.uk


SOCA RIVER TRIP, SLOVENIA

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Slovenia is a wonderful paddling destination. The Soča river is very popular and famous for its beautiful scenery and crystal clear water. With purpose built launching and egress points for kayakers, it is one of the best rivers in Europe to paddle.

We will be flying out to Slovenia and then driving to Bovec, nestled in the Julienne Alps. All of the equipment and luggage is driven out by van and we hire a minibus in Slovenia to provide transport to the rivers.Once there we will stay in a comfortable self-catered chalet, only 10 minutes drive away from Slovenia’s finest white water, the Soča river. The trip will include some whitewater safety training and various grades and sections of the Soča.

Trip Date: Planning for 2019 or 2020

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Paddling, Recreational, Sightseeing, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Good level 3 Star with 30 hours whitewater experience.

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. You should have all of your own whitewater specific clothing and equipment.


FRENCH ALPS

We fly out to France and stay in a chalet in the town of Guillestre near Briancon, right in the centre of some of the finest alpine whitewater rivers – Guile, Durance, Claree and Ubaye. All of the equipment and luggage is driven out by van and we hire a minibus in France to provide transport to the rivers. The trip will include some whitewater safety training and various grades and rivers including the slalom courses at L’Argentiere and St Clemens, the Upper Durance above Briancon, Sunshine Run on the Lower Durance including the Rabio Wave and the Upper Ubaye and Middle to Lower Claree.

Date: Planning for 2019 / 2020

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Paddling, Recreational, Sightseeing, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Good level 3 Star with 30 hours whitewater experience.

Equipment: Free use of Club boats and your own whitewater equipment. You should have all of your own whitewater specific clothing and equipment.


 PHOENIX TIME

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to paddle the advertised rivers or beaches as weather, tides, flooding, spate, drought, no waves/12 foot waves, snow covered roads, iced over rivers, pestilence (OK it was a tummy ache), amusement arcades, traffic jams, motorway services, fish and chip shop queues, lost keys, locked rooms, satnav malfunctions, map reading, Remembrance Day Parades, missing tent poles/pegs/tents, lost paddles/boats/helmets/spraydeck/boots/cagoule, late arrivals due to train/tube/bus/work/traffic jam/forgot trip was on, visits to A&E, unplanned surgery, slalom races, roof rack decay etc, are all beyond our reasonable control. All of the above can lead to alterations to the scheduled timings and in Club circles, this is referred to as “Phoenix Time”. We will always attempt to make the best (and safest) resolution to a situation!


TRIP TOP TIPS:

If you are involved in the shuttle, keep your car key securely attached to you in a waterproof container

Your car tailgate may not open fully with a boat on the roof – tell your forehead!

Re-tighten your roof rack fixings when there are boats on it!

Pack your kit bag as if you are getting dressed – then it will all be there when you need it!

Use Milton tablets to keep your flasks and drinks bottles clean

Always buy the best gear you can afford

(to be continued – send me your best ones)

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