Biblins

Cardiff WW

Dart

Frome

Graded Paddles

Intro To WW

Pool Sessions

River Usk

Tryweryn

Tuesday Nights

Westward Ho!


Biblins

The weekends at Biblins, near Symonds Yat, are your chance to get some coaching and obtain some personal qualifications. We can usually offer the following training and assessments:

The weekends usually take the same format:

Either arrive Friday night for BBQ and campfire chat, OR arrive on Saturday ready to be on the water at 9.30am The campsite gate will open from 8am until 11pm. If the top gate is closed you will need the code (see the organiser) We are camping in sections 9 and 10. Bring a barbecue and some food to eat also some beers if you really want to enjoy the weekend! Don't forget your tent and camping gear too!

If you need to book a boat you will need to contact Colin Southcombe and book it! You will be responsible for collecting and returning the boat to the store
THE CLUB TRAILER DOES NOT GO TO BIBLINS

If you want to do either First Aid or Canoe Safety can you let John know and if there is sufficient interest we should be able to organise these.

You will need the access code for the toilets (see the organiser for these or you will be given them by the warden on arrival).

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let the trip organiser know that you would like to attend, well in advance of the day (preferably the two weeks before). This is so that the organiser can arrange sufficient coaching and leading cover for the number of participants. If you just turn up on the day, please don't be offended if you are turned away!!

Directions to Biblins

From junction 24 on the M4, take the A449 followed by the A40 to Monmouth
After passing through Monmouth, continue until you see an old bridge going over the A40.
Turn left 200 metres after going under a bridge, to Crocker's Ash.
Follow this road then turn right by a phone box signposted to Biblins
Follow signs to Biblins. The road continues through the forest down to the
river Wye and the campsite. Drive along the road until you find the SACC group.

When - Meet (ready to paddle) at 9.30am latest, for briefing
Where - Biblins campsite.
Map - Biblins youth campsite

Essential Kit

Please refer to the Essential Kit page for kit you should bring on this trip.

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Cardiff International White Water Centre

Cardiff's recently built white water course offers a perfect place to practice and play especially during the summer months when there isn't much water about! We usually go along on Sundays when they do a low release of 4 cumecs for the first couple of hours before pushing it up to 8 cumecs for the rest of the day. This gives the beginners and intermediates a chance to warm up first.

They also run low release sessions during some week nights and usually do a 12 cumec release for the more experienced on the first Friday of every month.

For more information on what days and times the centre is open and how much it costs, have a look at the Cardiff International White Water website.

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River Dart

This club paddle is for those aspiring adrenaline junkies among you! The river Dart loop is a classic South West paddle. It is mostly a grade 2 river, but there are a few cracking grade 3 rapids thrown into this trip for good measure. If you want to push your white water skills to the next level, then come join us on the Dart. If those water gods are with us this is a roller-coaster ride of a river! If the levels are low, there's plenty of places to try out new techniques and get some coaching.

Generally we expect club members turning up for this trip to hold their 3*, or be known to be of 3* standard by the trip leader. It would also be good if you have taken part in the clubs "Intro to White Water" course.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let the trip organiser know that you would like to attend, well in advance of the day (preferably the Monday before). This is so that the organiser can arrange sufficient coaching and leading cover for the river conditions, and the number of participants. If you just turn up on the day, please don't be offended if you are turned away!!!

WARNING!!! If there is a LOT of water on this river it can be pretty tough undertaking. If the trip leader thinks it is too much for you then please listen to their advice as it usually correct.

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River Frome

Basically it is moving water (slowish) grade 1 with lots of weirs/drops along the route (which you can portage, but they are safe and much more fun to have ago). Normally the river is good fun and you do not need much skill to paddle it!!

The get in is at the dairy (go over the bridge after the entrance to the dairy and park). Be there changed ready to do the car swap at 10:30.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let the trip organiser know that you would like to attend, well in advance of the day (preferably the Monday before). This is so that the organiser can arrange sufficient coaching and leading cover for the river conditions, and the number of participants. If you just turn up on the day, please don't be offended if you are turned away!!!

Kit list

Please refer to the Essential Kit page.

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Graded Paddles

Some of the club trips on the programme are just listed as Grade 2 or Grade 2/3. This allows the flexibility to organise the venue at the last minute based on conditions and the abilities of those that have registered their intention to attend.

Please refer to the river gradings below to give yourself an idea of what grade rivers you are interested in.

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Introduction to White Water

Every year SACC runs a series of "Introduction to white water" lessons in the first few weekends of the winter kayaking season. This course is aimed at those paddlers who have been paddling throughout the summer on Tuesday club nights, and have perhaps been to Biblins, and would like to have a go at paddling on water that moves a bit more. If you are interested in taking your BCU 3* white water assessment to the NEW syllabus, then this is the course for you!

The sessions start off very sedately, with a day of learning how to control your kayak on slow moving water (grade 1/2). Techniques such as breaking in, breaking out, and ferry gliding are introduced.

The second session moves onto more continuous and faster moving water (still only grade 2), and the coaching team focus more on how to paddle down the river using the techniques that you learnt in session 1.

The third and fourth sessions will help you further the skills on a variety of water.

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Pool Sessions

During the Winter period from October to March we run a pool session once a week at Churchill Leisure Centre swimming pool. The sessions are intended to allow beginners and youngsters to try out kayaking in a safe environment, and also to allow improvers to practice "wet making" skills such as support strokes and rolling in a warm swimming pool.

As with last year, we have booked the pool for one and a half hours, so sessions will run from 8:15pm until 9:45pm. The sessions will be split into half hour periods if there are too many people wanting to paddle and two or three sessions are warranted. This enables us to put more paddlers on the water, in safer and more controlled conditions. It should also allow instructors to teach for a half hour period, and paddle for a half hour period, so beginners will receive better one to one tuition. To further improve safety during the sessions, it has also been suggested that "playboating" be restricted to the final session of the evening. This will be reviewed as the weeks progress.

It is possible to bring your own boats to these sessions but only if they are clean, INSIDE & OUT. They WILL be refused admission if they are not. Club boats are also available for use by anyone. Due to the relatively small size of the pool, the maximum number of boats allowed in the pool at one time is 15.

Cost

Cost is £5.00 per person irrespective of age, paddler ability, own boat, etc. Family ticket - £5.00 each or the first two paddlers, £2.00 per person thereafter (No more than 2 boats per family). £8.00 for non-members.

Kit list

Pool Sessions are now running using the boats stored at the pool. Please bring along your own paddle and spraydeck if you have them. However, PADDLES MUST NOT BE OF THE TYPE WHICH HAVE A METAL TIP OR INSET EDGE.

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River Usk

This is a great club paddle. The river between Sennybridge and Aberbran is full of fun, and will put a smile on your face if you enjoy paddling on the white stuff. The river is mostly grade 2, but there are some nice grade 3 sections and a couple of small drops. There are a couple of SWEET little play spots along the way too, although the paddle out doesn't really suit a short boat. A great day out!

Generally we expect club members turning up for this trip to hold their 3*, or be known to be of 3* standard by the trip leader. It would also be good if you have taken part in the clubs "Intro to white water" course

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let the trip organiser know that you would like to attend, well in advance of the day (preferably the Monday before). This is so that the organiser can arrange sufficient coaching and leading cover for river conditions, and the number of participants. If you just turn up on the day, please don't be offended if you are turned away!!!

Kit list

Please refer to the Essential Kit page.

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River Tryweryn

If you are looking to progress on white water, and are of a suitable standard, then this is the trip for you. If you wish to come but are unsure of your ability then speak to one of the club coaches, senior paddlers or member of the committee. Usually the caliber of people we take feel comfortable at Symonds Yat,Barle or Dart Loop.However,the river Tryweryn has several sections of varying difficulty,so some of it can be run by most WW paddlers who have had a good seasons' boating under thier belt.Many people select what they will and will not run,and we will help with this decision,and may even insist on someone not paddling a given section,although this is a rare occurance.

The river is in "Snowdonia National Park" (North Wales), fed by a dammed resevoir,and release of water can only be confirmed on the Thursday before our trip there begins.Usually there is water in the summer for both Saturday and Sunday.

This is summer fun,but the water can be cold,so suitable kit is essential.If your kit is not adequate,we will endevour to suit you up properly,but failing that,we may insist you do not paddle.So check kit prior the journey and beg, borrow or buy what you need,you will find us accommodating.

It will be a camping trip.Usually we breakfast at base,we will decide whether to return to camp for lunch or pack one and take it with us,then some of us eat dinner around a fire and some may pop to the nearest pub,and return for an evening of micky taking.

Some go up on Friday evening,some early Saturday or early Sunday,others appear the night prior to thier paddling.I would suggest travelling the day before you wish to boat because it is a long 3.5-4 hour drag up there,and most are not up to a full day on the water after such a trip,and therefore get minimal benefit from the experience.Travelling home in the same manner can also be hazzardous.

There are good shops in nearby Bala town,also restaurants and pubs.For those who may wish to do only a little paddling,or are considering bringing family members who do not "boat",the sceenery is spectacular for walkers,rafting is also available (but may have to be booked),and obviously there are many other activities in the area.

More information can be found on the The National White Water Centre website. We will usually decide on a campsite nearer to the event, so keep an eye on the club forum for details.

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Tuesday Nights

During the summer season, we generally meet at the following places:

When - Meet at 7.30pm usually (the first and last meetings of the year are usually at 7:00pm due to poor light).

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Westward Ho!

This is a camping weekend next to the sea at Appledore. With two days surfing on the beach at Westward Ho! The camping will be a field just outside the entrance to Skern Lodge Activity Centre which has plenty of space and a great view.

We have access to the Lodge facilities including showers and toilets plus an outside cold water sink for tidying up. They also have a small bar we can use. In the camping field there is just a drinking water tap - it is not a full campsite so facilities such as electric hookup are missing. If you don’t fancy camping they may have some residential accommodation available at £36 pppn including breakfast & dinner. Breakfast and dinner are available in the lodge for campers if booked.Accommodation and meals need to be booked in advance please.

It should be possible to book a surf coach for a half or full day if required or book access to their heated pool for rolling practice. Skern Lodge also have a number of Mega surf kayaks demonstrators available. If they are not required for a course or a competition, you may be able to try one of those not in use. This is a really excellent opportunity to have a play in a pukka surf boat - you won’t believe the difference. Go on, take the opportunity.

Kayak surfing - what’s it all about ?

If you’ve never done this before and are a little unsure, don’t be. It’s great fun and very different to being on a river. For some tips and advice on how to approach it have a look at the short guide Roger Palmer has to put together.

Surfing Guide - Tips and Advice     Surf Kayak Skills

Contact the organiser asap to reserve your place as Skern Lodge need to know numbers in advance.

Skern Lodge

Camping costs are £5.00 per person per night.

There is a toll road to the beach which costs £3.50 per car single entry, or £5 all day.

Breakfast - £6 for full cooked breakfast with cereal, toast, yogurt, drink.

Heated outdoor pool with lifeguard (for swimming or rolling practice) £36/hour, up to 20 people.

Surf coach :-

Demo boats (if available) should be free. You’ll obviously have beer and ice cream costs.

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