Book river trips

Phoenix Canoe Club run regular river trips to suit a range of  abilities from novice to intermediate and beyond. Paddle Discover or 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 Paddle Explore or 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 White Water Award or Three Star level, most trips are open to you, with grade 3 features introduced into the mix and some paddling on rivers abroad available. Progressive White Water paddlers are trained to paddle up to Grade 3-4 whitewater rivers and Advanced White Water Award paddlers up to Grades 4-5 (Both of these awards have to be done with outside providers). You can progress at your own speed through the awards schemes or use the foundation strokes learnt on the Paddle Discover or One Star award for recreational paddling. Feel free to discuss your requirements with the coaching team.

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 there 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. We may be able to substitute suitable alternative 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 Paddle Discover or 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 Paddle Explore or 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 30th March 2019 – £15 adults / £20 non-members – River Beane, Hertford

Saturday 25th May 2019 – £15 adults / £20 non-members – River Stort, Harlow

Saturday 28th September 2019 – £15 adults / £20 non-members

Saturday 9th November 2019 – £15 adults / £20 non-members

Saturday 14th December 2019 – £15 adults / £20 non-members – Paddle & Xmas Dinner

Purpose of Trip: Recreation, Sightseeing, Fitness 

Minimum Ability Level: Paddle Discover or 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 2019

Bookings shut: 1 week before the trip date


“BIG DAY OUT”

These trips are aimed at all members from 9 years to adult with Paddle Discover or One Star award and will allow you to get more trips under your belt before signing up for the Paddle Explore Award. 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 23rd June 2019 – £15 members / £20 non-members

Sunday 11th August 2019 – £15 members / £20 non-members

Purpose of Trip: Recreation, Sightseeing, Fitness 

Minimum Ability Level: Paddle Discover or 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 2019

Bookings shut: 1 week before the trip date


LEE VALLEY WHITE WATER CENTRE

LVWW Legacy Sep '11

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 Paddle Explore or 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 £20 for a two hour session on the Legacy Course with a coach, including the use of club boats, kit and transport.

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: Paddle Explore or 2 Star with 2 hours low level whitewater experience

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

Bookings are advertised through the Club Newsletter and bookings are strictly by e-mail to phil@phoenixcanoeclub.co.uk no more than 6 days in advance


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 White Water Award course or just as a practice session. White Water Award trainees should be pre-registered on the course. All paddlers should be at minimum Paddle Explore / 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 (£40 non-PCC members – adults only) including coaching, transport and equipment.

Trip Date: Saturday 6th April 2019

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational

Minimum Ability Level: Paddle Explore / 2 Star 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 2019

Bookings shut: 1 week before the trip date


RIVER WYE TRIP

The trip is open to holders of the BC Paddle Explore or Two Star award (including trainees) and good training for BC White Water Award 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.

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

Trip Date: 28th – 30th June 2019 

Trip Date: 11th-13th October 2019

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

Minimum Ability Level: Paddle Explore / 2 Star (including trainees) 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 2019

Bookings shut: 1 week before the trip date


RIVER DART TRIP

 dart-loop

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.  For those with good White Water Award / 3 star skills and dependent on water levels and coaching staff available, we may also paddle the Upper Dart, a grade 3(4) section of river with plenty of exciting features along the way. We will be staying in a static caravan near Dartmoor. The cost is £95 (£110 for non-PCC members – adults only) 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 is advised to get something to eat on the journey. With features on the Loop section such as Lovers Leap, Washing Machine, Spin Dryer, Triple Falls; and Pandora’s Box and Euthanasia on the Upper Dart, you know you are in for a treat on this well paddled river.

Trip Date: 8th – 10th February 2019 

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Dart Loop – Good level 2 Star with 10 hours whitewater experience or 3 Star trainee. Upper Dart – Good 3 Star paddler with minimum 30 hours of whitewater experience.

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 Trip here:

River Dart Trip

Bookings shut: 1 week before the trip date


NORTH WALES RIVER TRIP

We are running a trip to North Wales from 6pm on Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2019 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. Alternative rivers may be available subject to level of ability and suitable coaching cover.

The trip is open to good Paddle Explore Award / Two Star paddlers, White Water Award 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: 10th-12th May 2019 (Please note date has changed)

Trip Date: 6th-8th September 2019 

Purpose of Trip: Whitewater Coaching, Recreational, Fitness

Minimum Ability Level: Good level Paddle Explore Award / 2 Star with 10 hours whitewater experience or White Water Award 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 North Wales Trip here:

North Wales Trip 2019

Bookings shut: 1 week before the trip date


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 White Water Award Training or assessment.

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

Trip Date: 29th November to 1st December 2019

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 Trip 2019

Bookings shut: 1 week before the trip date


FRENCH ALPS 2019

We are running a trip to the French Alps in June. 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 kayaking equipment and personal luggage is driven out by van and we hire a minibus or cars 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 Rabioux Wave (as pictured above) and the Upper Ubaye and Middle to Lower Claree.

The cost for this trip is £420 for PCC members and £450 for non-PCC members including road transport in France, vechicle hire, accommodation and catering*. The trip is open to anyone over 16 (under 16 must be accompanied by one of their parents) – please note the trip is in term time. Flight costs and travel in UK are excluded from the overall costs and you should budget around £150 to book the flight. We will provide details of the flight to book on payment of deposit.

Date: 8th – 15th June 2019

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

Minimum Ability Level: Good level White Water Award / 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.

* Two evening meals will be at your own expense at a nearby restaurant.

Bookings are accepted with a non-refundable deposit (if you do cancel, we will endeavour to find a replacement but any money not recoverable will not be returned).

Book French Alps Trip 2019 here:

French Alps River Trip 2019

Bookings shut: 6 weeks before the trip date


 SOCA RIVER TRIP, SLOVENIA 2020

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 Julian 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 2020

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

Minimum Ability Level: Good level White Water Award / 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.


SKI 2020 – SLOVENIA / ITALY BORDERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are planning a ski trip to Bovec in Slovenia, skiing the Kanin in Slovenia, Sella Nevea and Tarvisio just across the border in Italy over the February half term holiday in 2020. The trip will suit absolute beginners with some great nursery slopes to learn skiing or snowboarding under expert tuition. More advanced skiers will be well catered for with some great red runs in all 3 resorts and two superb black runs in Tarvisio with guiding where needed. These are fairly small resorts, however, are usually queue free and based in the beautiful Julian Alps with some stunning views (photo of Monte Lussari high up on the mountains above Tarvisio).

Costs, dates and full details will be available shortly – let me know if you want them sent directly to you.

Phil Atkinson – 07837 585798 – phil@phoenixcanoeclub.co.uk


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, diversions, sheep herding, road closed to erect Christmas decorations, motorway services, fish and chip shop queues, lost keys, locked rooms, satnav malfunctions, map reading, Remembrance Day Parade road closures, missing tent poles / pegs / tents, lost paddles / boats / helmets / spraydeck / boots/ cagoule / paddlers, late arrivals due to train / tube / bus / work / traffic jam / forgot trip was on, visits to A&E, unplanned major surgery, slalom races, roof rack decay,etc. A few new ones turned up in India including exploding coach tyre, riverside cremations, landslides creating new rapids, leopards outside the loo tent, delhi belly, falling rocks, monkeys, snakes, border police checking travel papers every day, photo calls with every official and airport worker, moving 19 kayaks through airports, moving 35 people anywhere (cat herding), loading 19 kayaks onto very small truck, 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”. “Phoenix Time + India Time” takes us to new limits! 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, ie last on, first in – 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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