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Bookings now being taken for Summer Training weekend

If you would like to join us at the Biblins Summer Training Weekend this year - then now is the time to book.  With Kayak and Canoe courses available there is something for everyone on this fun and sociable weekend.  We are thrilled to have coach Steve Rayner with us who can assess 3 star canoe if you want to do it.  Just £55 per adult and £40 for children for the whole weekend - 27-29 June 2014.  To find out more and obtain booking forms contact Steph Stephenson

2014 Saltford Training Courses

Saltford Training course information is now available on the training page - limited course numbers on a first come, first served basis. Members ONLY! 

River Severn Trip 26th April 2014
For more details on Phil's River Severn trip click below
NACC Bash in a Field

Save the date, Saturday 30th August, for an overnight camping event in a field to celebrate NACC's 30th anniversary. Arrive from 2pm to pitch tents. Leave by 11am Sunday 31 August. More details to follow!!!! 

BCU Aquatic First Aid Training 27th April

Please contact me (Emma) direct on emmamorrison1@live.co.uk if you want to book this course.

Cost is £40 and includes BCU First Aid booklet and certificate. Coaches / Helpers only pay £20.

It will be delivered in Winterbourne





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Trip Reports

Trip reports from around the club. If you've been out padding how about filing a trip report here?

Sunday 2nd March – Avon Gorge PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Flatwater and Touring Trips
Written by Léonie   

Sunday 2nd March – River Avon.

This is one of my favourite trips. Is it because of the scenery? The fabulous natural gorge, followed by the rare opportunity to see the industrial heritage of Bristol from a different perspective? Or is it the fun of being whooshed along as the tide goes out?  Or perhaps seeing the black-headed gulls, grey wagtails and redshanks close-up. It is all of these. Plus the fact that the drive from home to the put-in takes me all of two minutes! 

We met at Sea Mills on Sunday at silly o'clock in the morning. Wayne is getting as bad as Ralph for early starts. Two in sea kayaks and two in an open. We had a leisurely trip into town, almost able to paddle through the railings onto the Portway and Avon Crescent, which was closed due to the high tide (14.5m). Another few centimetres and we could have made it through to the floating harbour without portage! After a brief stop for coffee (during which time the tide must have fallen a metre or more) we got back on and took full advantage of the flow to speed us back home. 

Paddlers: Wayne, Margarita, Adam and Léonie.  Distance of 9 miles, overall average speed 3.2mph and a maximum speed of 11.9mph.


Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 11:37
Beginners Seakayaking Bivi Trip 14-15 September 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Sea Kayaking Trips
Written by Margarita   

Paddlers: Wayne Gibbens, Margarita Felixberger

Day 1: 12 miles from Charmouth to Beer Head,
Day 2: 9 miles from Beer Head to Lyme Regis.

In the week preceding Wayne’s last beginners’ bivi of the year, the group dwindled from 5 to 2 people. So it was only Wayne and I driving down to Charmouth on the 14th September for a 2 day/1night beginners’ trip.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 February 2014 22:27
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Symonds Yat Trip, 10th March 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Whitewater Kayaking Trips
Written by Chris Bond   

Originally the trip had been to run the Dart, but due to the lack of water around, and unsure of when the rain would drop, the trip was rescheduled for Symonds Yat.

We all arranged to meet at the launch point at 10.00 and go from there.

After everyone got ready with their kit, Stew announced that he would take charge of the trip and then, as Stew does, proceeded to make us run up and down in front of the pub (and locals) before doing breathing exercises and stretches.. I'm so glad I'd just put on my skull cap, ready for some cold water! Not.

As a further warm up, we got in and paddled back upstream to the higher ferry crossing, before heading back down towards the run. Stew ran to the first eddy, followed by Mark and then the rest of us. 

For some reason, I always have a problem with the first eddy, either going in or out, this time going in. Still, I did make it with my boat and paddle, just not in it.

The rest of the morning was spent with various swimmers, and gave us all a chance to practice various skills we had picked up from training. I kept working on my ferry gliding, and a few times as chase boat for Phil and Dave.

Even though Symonds Yat is a basic white water run grade 1 or 2 (I'm not sure), it still threw up some surprises for people. All in all, it was a enjoyable day finished off at the pub, so Phil could give reasons for some of his swims.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 13:18
river frome 21st april 2013 - or "are we there yet". PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Whitewater Kayaking Trips
Written by tony press   

set the  scene...there we all are stood in a field in woolverton somerset the sun is beating down and we are al in kayak gear. must be a river trip. with the prospect of paddleing the world famous zoom flume and the word death bantered around on uk rivers guide book,everyone exept me and stew who actally knew what was in store.so off we set all seven of us.(poss the best number to have in a group on this river).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 17:43
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River Axe race 3-3-2013 PDF Print E-mail
Trip Reports - Flatwater and Touring Trips
Written by Ralph Childs   

On a frosty Sunday morning the NACC contingent leaves Bristol to take part in this annual race. This year it seems only the senior section is taking part. Given that this is a 5 mile race it is ideal for the youngsters/novices as well as chance to paddle a river not normally available.

Medals were won by:-

Ralph & Anna - 1st mixed C2 touring

Mark Whitelock - 3rd C1 touring

Ester Steer - 1st Lady Sea kayak

Phil Williamson - 1st K1 touring veteran. 

The C2 class was the largest section (we gave up counting when we got to 20), and it was chaos at the start. Anna & I finished 4th overall with Richard & Fran coming a credible 7th. Thanks to Richard for the loan of Barbie's boat.

Well done to all. lets see if we can get more to take part next year.


Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2013 20:49
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