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The winter programme up to Christmas is now almost complete - we are still trying to sort out a few things including a pool session. The programme so far is;

Tuesday & Thursday evenings 18:30 - 20:00
"Non-paddling" club sessions 6:30 - 8 pm. The content of each session will be notified a week or so in advance. Requests/suggestions are welcome!

Saturday mornings 10:00 - 12:00
Club paddling sessions. These are generally uncoached but there is the possibility of running some star award training subject to demand.

Saturday 10th October 2015, 09:00-18:00 - Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT)
FSRT for club members - £25 plus certificate fee (£5 for British Canoeing members, £10 for non BC members). One spare place, contact Bob finch if you are interested.

Sunday 11th October 2015 - River Derwent Trip
Club paddle from Darley Bridge to Matlock, 4.5 miles of easy Grade 1/2 moving water suitable for first time moving water paddlers. See noticeboard at club for more details or contact Bob Finch.

Sunday 25th October 2015 - River Washburn Release run by MWBC
It is our turn to manage the Washburn release and we need lots of volunteers to help out with collecting paddling fees, car park management and running the food tent. Contact Chris, Trevor or Bob for more information. 

Friday 30th October 2015, 18:30-21:00 - After Dark Paddle & Party
After dark Halloween paddle at the lake with prizes for best fancy dress and spookiest boat decorations. For those of you using club boats, the Thursday evening session on 29th October will be your chance to get your boat decorated ready for the paddle.

Sunday 15th November 2015 - River Ure Trip
Club paddle from Hack Falls to Sleningford Watermill, 6 km of Grade 2 with a couple of bits of Grade 3 at Hack Falls and Sleningford Rapids, both of which can be easily portaged. Suitable for most paddlers unless in flood. See noticeboard at club for more details or contact Bob Finch.

Sunday 6th December 2015 - River Wharfe Trip
Club paddle from Linton to Barden Bridge, 10 km of Grade 1/2 with a couple of harder bits - Linton Falls (Grade 4 right at the start) and Appetreewick Falls (Grade 3) both of which can be easily portaged. Those wanting a shorter trip can launch at Burnsall. The full trip is suited to paddlers with some previous moving water experience, the shorter trip is suitable for most paddlers. See noticeboard at club for more details or contact Bob Finch.

Friday 26th December 2015 - Matlock Paddle
Short paddle from Artists Corner to Cromford ahead of the annual charity raft race. Run the gauntlet of flour bombs and water cannon fired by the raft race crowds, shoot Cromford Weir (big and scary but really easy and safe!) then watch (and laugh) as the rafts do the same. See noticeboard at club for more details or contact Bob Finch.

The programme for the period after Christmas will be added as soon as it is available.

Also just a reminder that club boats, paddles, helmets and spraydecks are available for club members to borrow for trips - contact Chris or Trevor for prices and more information.

Lots of paddling by club members over the weekend - a reminder that the end of the summer  doesn't mean you have to stop paddling!

The ones I am aware of:
  • A good turnout for the Saturday morning paddling session at the lake
  • Trip to the River Dee by Dan, Trevor, Ryan Cockesdge, Steve Whitebeard and Gaz
  • Sean, Evo, Aidan, Oliver and Grace at Darley Abbey slalom
  • Polo "A" Team in action at York
So remember that canoeing isn't just a summer sport and keep paddling! See you all on the next trip!

Just a reminder that we need volunteers to come along and help with the River Washburn release on Sunday 25th October 2015.There are a lot of jobs that need doing on the day;
  • Collecting money from people wishing to paddle
  • Managing car parking
  • Safety inspection at the start of the day before paddlers are allowed to run the river
  • Running the food tent
 If you are willing to help contact Trevor, Chris or Bob for more information.
For more information about the River Washburn visit
We are going to celebrate Halloween a day early with an After Dark paddle on Friday 30th October, starting a 6:30pm.

The plan is as follows;
18:30 - meet at lake for safety briefing
19:00 - 19:45 (ish) - launch for paddle on lake
19:45 - 21:00 (ish) - party with food and prize awards

There will be prizes for the best fancy dress and the spookiest decorated boat. If you want to use a club boat for the paddle come down to the evening session on Thursday 29th October when you will have the opportunity to decorate your boat ready for the paddle.

Please bring some suitably ghastly food along on the Friday evening (Frogs' Eyes in Rotten Fish Sauce would be good).
One confirmed swim from Sean Quinn at Darley Abbey over the weekend. Strong rumours are emerging of swims on the River Dee over weekend.

Some upcoming dates for your diary:

Tuesday 06/10/2015, 6:30-8pm - Club Session "Paddle Fitness"
Thursday 08/10/2015, 6:30-8pm - Club Session - Boat Maintenance

Saturday 10/10/2015 - Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
Sunday 11/10/2015 - River Derwent Trip
Sunday 25/10/2015 - River Washburn release -volunteers needed to help out!
Thursday 29/10/2015, 6:30-8pm - Club Session, decorating boats for Halloween paddle!
Friday 30
/10/2015, 6:30-9pm - After Dark Paddle & Party 
Sunday 15/11/2015 - River Ure Trip
Sunday 06/12/2015 - River Wharfe Trip
Saturday 26/12/2015 - Matlock Paddle & Raft Race 

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