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Joining the club!
If you want to join our club, or are just interested to find out more about what we are doing this year, email us at email@example.com and we will add you to our email list!
We are UPSU Canoe and Kayak Club, we were founded in 2005 and have been thriving ever since. We have built a reputation over the years for providing something for everyone no matter what your interests or ability. We are a friendly club with the sole intent to get our members out and about as much as we can whilst offering training and a safe environment to learn new skills and of course meet new people. We also offer some of the cheapest trips of any water sports club and unlimited free training sessions so what are you waiting for, sign up today. The cost to join us is only £35!
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By becoming a member, you gain the ability to join us on our fantastic trips. The Dart Dash is a competition that we are aiming to bring back this academic year, giving participants the ability to kayak and party! Our trips include everything from flat water canoeing to white water kayaking! We actively encourage our members to gain BC qualifications, if you are interested in gaining a specific qualification let us know and we’ll try to organise it for you. Throughout the year we enter into student competitions too. We also have an amazing Christmas meal each year, with prizes for various achievements, this is always good fun and a massive turnout! Then we have a summer meal with prizes to round off the year.
As mentioned above we run a range of sessions:
- Free Weekly Sessions - The club offers subsidised free weekly sessions at Mountbatten water sports centre, typically on Wednesdays afternoons (tide, weather and coach dependant). We are currently the only club to offer unlimited free sessions. These sessions are run by our team of experienced coaches, who will help you to develop your skills and to gain BC qualifications.
- Pool Sessions- We normally run fortnightly pool sessions at Plymouth Lifecentre. Qualified coaches will be at these sessions, to help you develop your skills, especially rescues, braces, and rolling, in a nice warm environment. These sessions are free, and sessions run between 7-8 and 8-9 every other Sunday evening during term time.
- Trips- We run a range of trips throughout the year, including river paddles (kayaking), canoeing , a range of whitewater paddles from introductory sessions to more advanced trips, sea kayaking, surfing and much more. We aim to run a trip at least once a month. The cost of these trips vary depending on if we use internal qualified volunteer coaches or get external professional coaches in, the transport cost, and accommodation and food cost. Each trip is different and the price will be set as cheap as we can make it, as after all we are also students!
Our focus for this year is to provide brilliant training and exciting sessions/trips for all of our amazing members all year round. We are planning to bring together tonnes of people (those with and those without experience paddling) to get out & about, learn new skills and most importantly... have the time of your lives. This year will also see us introducing Canoe Polo to the range of paddling opportunities that we offer already. The aim is to set up a team that will compete with other universities across the country at BUCS (British Universities & College Sports). After the years we've all had, we know that we all need something to look forward to, something to enjoy, something to bring energy back into life... and that is us!
We can't wait to see you on the water!
UPSU Canoe and Kayak Club :)
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