Club Sections

We have sections which run events for the particular types of canoeing. If you are interested in any of these specific areas please chat with aany of the coaches at the pool or river or contact contact@lowerwharfe.org.uk & they will direct you to the appropriate section leaders.

Slalom

One of our two competitive areas, slalom is a fast exhilarating sport where competitors must navigate a river whilst passing through gates along their way!!

This fast sport is an Olympic discipline; our most experienced paddlers are already in the senior squad & will hopefully be competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio! We also have a large selection of adults & juniors in all 5 national divisions ranging from beginners to premier division paddlers. Coaching is provided for all abilities in the summer at Howsham Water Mill on a Tuesday & Thursday evening and during the winter at Blue Bridge in York on a Tuesday evening. Plus alternative Sunday evenings in the 7:10 session in the winter. Plus there is ad hoc training at various other local training centres & competitions. Direct contact: slalom@lowerwharfe.org.uk

Canoe Polo

The youngest section of the Lower Wharfe Canoe Club family polo; this quick action packed sport is a cross between 5-a-side football and rugby, in boats. Teams start by trying to get the ball into the oppositions goal which is suspended above the water, to score you must avoid the other team (and avoid getting pushed in) and work as a team to get the ball into the oppositions net.

A polo match at Yearsley pool

A polo match at Yearsley pool

We take part in the Yorkshire Division 2 on some Saturday evenings during the winter.

Training & coaching can be given to anyone who is interested on alternative Sunday evenings in the from Sept to March at 7:10pm.

For more information use the contact link above or apply to join our Polo Facebook page. Contact: polo@lowerwharfe.org.uk

Touring & Sea Kayaking

“Does anybody fancy a slightly longer paddle?” was the question posed by one of our club members at the back end of 2006.

Tenby 2014

Tenby 2014

A steady band of men and women joined the call and we are now a thriving section of the club.  We run day trips, and weekends away where the accommodation is usually YHA.  The stamina required is not for the longer paddle so much as the necessity to eat cake, as elevenses is integral to our paddling! Our venues are either based on Lakes, canals, flat rivers or the sea. Plus we have at least one annual foreign trip a year to warmer climes.

Sardinia 2014

Sardinia 2014

 

Llangollen canal Feb 2014

Llangollen canal Feb 2014

We have four club boats available for hire, and a day’s paddle is usually between 8 and14 miles.  So, do you fancy a slightly longer paddle?

Whitewater

 

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Easy Whitewater

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Safety cover on more demanding whitewater

The club runs trips to rivers for all levels of ability; for those interested in learning trips to Sleningford are a nice grade 2 (Gentle moving water) , Linton Locks & Howsham water Mill are a good introduction…

Rivers such as the Tees & Swale are used for more advanced paddlers.  Club trips are open to all members based on ability. Just ask a coach if you are interested in having a go & they will advise the best trips for your ability.

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