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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 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 and e-mail system and are booked direct with the coach running the session.  These sessions are a fantastic introduction to white water at Grade 2+/3 and 4 and are open to anyone at 2* level upwards.  When you acheive 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 and kit. For more information contact



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This is a series of trips just for the adults, 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 by Peter Knowles 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 destinations and costs as soon as we can.

Pub Paddle – Saturday 14th January 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members – Chertsey, River Thames

Pub Paddle – Saturday 25th February 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle – Saturday 25th March 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle – Saturday 22nd April 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle – Sunday 14th May 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle – Saturday 10th June 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle – Saturday 8th July 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle / Club Paddle – Sunday 20th August 2017 – £10 / £15 – Jubilee River

Pub Paddle – Saturday 30th September 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle – Saturday 21st October 2017 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle – Saturday 18th November 2016 – £10 PCC Members / £15 non-members

Pub Paddle – Saturday 16th December 2017 – £10 / £15 (plus Xmas meal out)

For more information please contact or

Book your Pub Paddles here:

Pub Paddles 2017




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 Powdermills bunkhouse on Dartmoor. The cost is £90 and includes catering from Saturday am to Sunday lunch, accommodation, transport, equipment etc..  We normally stop at the Country Park for their fantastic carvery before the long trek home. Some spending money will be advised to get something to eat on Friday evening. 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.

Date: 3rd-5th February 2017 – Cost £90

Book the Dart Loop trip here:

Dart Loop Trip – Feb 2017


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 accommodation and the trip will be catered from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch.  The cost includes transport, catering, accommodation, equipment and coaching / leading.


Upper Dart trip – Friday 8th – Sunday 10th December 2017 – Cost £90

Upper Dart


Symonds Yat

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 9.30pm. 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 £65 juniors / £70 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 /

*We are limited on the amount of adults that can stay at the Biblins youth campsite and may need to arrange alternative accommodation at additional cost for adults – unfortunately this is beyond our control.

River Wye Trip A – Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2017

River Wye Trip B – Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October 2017

Book the River Wye Trip here:

River Wye Trips



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 white water 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.

River Derwent Trip – Saturday 1st April 2017

Book the River Derwent Trip here

Derwent River Trip, Matlock



An action packed weekend in South Wales.  We travel up on Friday evening and stay in bunkhouse accommodation. 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.

All paddlers should be at least at 2* ability and have had experience on whitewater before, such as the Lee Valley Legacy Course, Derwent, or Wye.

The cost for this trip is £90 including catering from Saturday breakfast, accommodation, coaching, transport and equipment.

Book the River Usk / Upper Wye Trip here – 10th to 12th November 2017

Usk & Upper Wye



Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May 2017

We are running a trip to North Wales from 6pm on Friday 5th to Sunday 7th May 2017 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.  We can provide kayaks, paddles, wetsuits, spray decks, cagoules and helmets.  The cost is £90 for adults / £85 for youth (club members only for training).  This includes an access fee payable to Canolfan Tryweryn or Mile End Mill.

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.

Book the Lower Tryweryn Trip here:

Lower Tryweryn / River Dee



We also paddle the Upper Tryweryn (see picture above), 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 1st to Sunday 3rd September 2017 and we will be staying in a local bunkhouse – Cost is £90pp – 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.

Upper Tryweryn – Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September 2017:

Upper Tryweryn



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. 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 first day will be spent travelling to the chalet and familiarising ourselves with the local area. Days two to six will be spent on the river paddling different sections from grade 2 to grade 3+ depending on how the day before went. The last day will be spent packing our bags, enjoying a meal out at a local restaurant and travelling back home.

You should be at the 3 star level by the date of the trip and able to paddle on grade 3 water. A white water roll is recommended. The trip is open to adults and young people over the age of 14. (Under 14’s at trip leaders discretion)

Saturday 27th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017 – Whitsun Half Term!

The cost is £400 per person (Non-club members £435), plus personal flights (around £160 return) and insurance (around £35).

Accommodation, food (except one evening celebration meal), transport in Slovenia, full kayaking equipment and BC qualified river guides.

Any questions please contact Nick Lee at

Book and pay deposit and stage payments here:

Soca River, Slovenia 2017 – FULLY BOOKED!
Soca River, Slovenia Stage Payment 2
Soca River, Slovenia Stage Payment 3



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 or e-mail Phil at


All river and surf trips are charged as advertised and generally are fully inclusive of catering, accommodation, transport, use of club equipment and coaching.  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 cannot guarantee that we will be able to paddle the advertised rivers as weather, tides, flooding, 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, 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!



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