Membership

You must be a member to paddle with us, be the guest of a member or be taking part in an induction session. Membership is open to anyone aged 18 or over.

Last year’s members should renew their membership with the renewal email they were sent, or by emailing membership@castlecanoeclub.co.uk.

Everyone else should fill in the membership form. New members need to have done the induction course.

Membership benefits

  • paddle during the Club’s normal opening hours (Sunday 10:00-13:00) at no extra cost;
  • paddle outside our usual opening hours (if available) for £10;
  • bring guests for £5 each (limited to one guest max 3 times a year and 2 guests only at one time);
  • lets you use any of our large range of boats, including play boats, polo boats, slalom boats, sea kayaks, wavehoppers and open boats (traditional canoes, also known as ‘Canadians’);
  • hire equipment for trips away;
  • play polo and compete against other clubs in one of our polo teams;
  • get discounts on the courses run by the centre (see our calendar);
  • participate in club trips away (see our calendar).

Members are also expected act as Duty Officer once or twice per year and help out with our induction programme.

Club rules

Age: Anyone paddling must be aged over 18.

Ability to swim: Anyone paddling must be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing. Non-swimmers are NOT allowed onto the water.

Buoyancy Aids: Buoyancy aids must be worn when on or near the water. Do not go onto a jetty without a buoyancy aid.

Footwear: All paddlers must wear appropriate footwear. Paddling in bare feet or flip flops is not permitted.

Capsize drill: Use a Kiwi (i.e. larger open kayak) unless you’ve done the capsize drill. You will need to do a capsize test to paddle any closed cockpit boat (i.e. most boats except Kiwi / open canoe). A list of members who can supervise a capsize / spraydeck test is posted on the door of the club cupboard.

Spray decks: All paddlers who wish to wear a spray deck must show they know how to use a spraydeck. They should either have passed a BCU one star test, have done a spraydeck test at the West Reservoir Centre or be able to detail their experience.

Novices: Stay in designated safe areas unless with an experienced member.

Signing on/off: All paddlers need to sign on the water before paddling and sign off when they are off the water at the end of the session.

Getting in/out: When paddling at the reservoir please be careful when getting on the water. The summer low water level has exposed metal screws in the sloping deck. This can damage the underside of boats if we get in and then slide down into the water. So please do not slide into the water. Instead go out onto one of the pontoons, place your boat in the water and get in to your boat from the side. Just ask for a hand from someone nearby if you need it.

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