When starting in paddlesport the ability to swim is desirable but not essential. In a coached or
supervised session, non-swimming participants should be confident in the water, not panic and be able to follow instructions in the event of a capsize. The ability to swim is important when paddling in non-sheltered water.
Yes, the club has good wheelchair user access to the club from the car park. We have a wheelchair accessible disability suite on the ground floor with a toilet and shower as well as a lift to the first floor giving access to the changing rooms.
Paddling with an impairment is not as much of a barrier as you might think. There are many ways that our coaches can work with you to make getting in and out of the boat as easy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us or come and talk to one of our volunteers to discuss your needs.
All our coaches have attended a disability awareness training course as part of their CPD and hold a current first aid qualification.
All the equipment needed to go out on the water is provided as part of your attendance fee.
It is recommended that you attend in loose clothing suitable for the season and old trainers or other suitable footwear. A cap is also recommended on sunny days, as is sunblock. Waterproof trousers will stop you getting a wet. Jeans are not advisable.
It is important to have a spare set of clothing in case you need to change.
Yes, there is plenty of free parking in the Newton Park Car Park a short walk from the club. There is however a height restriction gate of 2m but this can opened on request if your boat is on the roof rack.