Why should I become a member?
As a club member you gain access to the following:
- Some very experienced leaders and coaches who are keen to ensure that you enjoy your paddling and remain safe.
- Local training courses and assessments based on British Canoe Union (BCU) standard.
- Ability to hire Club equipment if you do not have your own yet.
- Various organised club events, both weekly and ad-hoc, see below.
- An active Club committee that manages the club resources and promotes paddle sport.
- Ability to hire Wolf’s Lair at Egypt for a nominal fee
- Third party insurance covering your paddle activities.
The club exists to cultivate and encourage all forms of paddle powered craft, most members have closed cockpit kayaks. These split into sea kayaks and play/surf kayaks.
What happens and when?
The club runs throughout the year, but the main seasons of activity are the months when both the sea and air temperature are a little warmer and kinder. During the winter, the club runs a Thursday session (starting at 7:30pm) at Les Quennevais pool using short boats to acquire and practice paddle skills. Sessions are open to both adults and juniors. These pools sessions often include organised courses on kayak rolling for adults with paddle skills and games for the juniors. The last pool sessions are in March.
Starting in April (after the clocks have changed) the Tuesday sessions at St. Catherine’s begin. These start promptly at 6pm to enable the best use of water time before it gets too dark. These sessions rely on Club coaches running a varied program of skills based and short-distance paddle groups.
We use a whiteboard by the Clubhouse to ensure both paddlers (and the Club coaches) know what is on offer and who is planning to go on each session.
Also starting in April, Thursday evening sessions are run from various locations around the island, depending on the wind direction and the state of the tide. These are open to “improver” paddlers that have been through one of the courses run on the Tuesday evening.
Through the year, club members meet regularly each Sunday for a paddle.
WhatApp phone app is now frequently used to communicate many of the above events.
The club organises several overnight or multi-day trips away from Jersey. These often include, but not restricted to, Gulf of Morbihan, southern Brittany and Lihou off Guernsey. There are also opportunities to join other club paddlers who are organising trips, often to distant locations.
How much will it cost?
Membership is open to both residents, overseas members and visitors. The details shown below are valid for 2017 renewals. All members will be covered by insurance.
Individual PAYG membership £50
This gives full membership for both juniors and seniors – Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday nights will cost £5. Instructors on the session will sign your card and once you have paid for 10 sessions and your card is full – the rest will be free. Pool and extra coaching or paddling sessions will be charged at the going rate.
Gold Individual membership £100
This gives full membership for active paddlers both junior and senior- all Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday nights will be free. Pool and extra coaching or paddling sessions will be charged at the going rate.
Family PAYG membership £75
This gives full membership for parents and all children in the family under 18 years old – Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday nights will cost £5. Instructors on the session will sign your family card and once you have paid for 20 sessions and the card is full – the rest will be free. Pool and extra coaching or paddling sessions will be charged at the going rate.
Gold Family membership £175
This gives full membership for parents and all children under 18 years old and Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday nights will be free. Pool and extra coaching sessions will be charged at the going rate.
Group membership £175
This is for any youth or school group and entitles the group to hire equipment and use the club facilities – prices to be negotiated
Overseas membership £50
For anyone who is on the island for less than 3 months this entitles you to go out on any Sunday morning, Tuesday and Thursday night session on the sea.
Temporary Membership £15
This allows you to go on club sessions for 7 days as a trial
Affiliate Membership £20
For anyone who has one kayak/canoe (longer than 8ft) that only require insurance for their craft. You will not be eligible to participate in any club activities, but will receive a copy of the club newsletter.
If you have more than one kayak/canoe that requires registration, please select one of the full or family membership options above.
I want to join, what do I do?
Come along to one of the sessions and see if you like it. When you ready go to the Membership Form page. Either complete the membership application online or download it and print it . When complete, email or snail mail it (together with a cheque for the appropriate amount) to the address shown on the membership application. We have details on the form of making your payment online to avoid writing/sending cheques.