Frequently Asked Questions?
Here are a few of our frequently asked questions about Purley Canoe Club, please contact us if you have any other questions.
How do I get started?
Can I try canoeing out before joining?
We allow you to participate in three activities before we request that you join Purley Canoe Club. This gives you the chance to try out a kayak in the pool and perhaps go on a flat-water river trip in a kayak or a canoe.
What clothing do I need?
If you are going on a river trip, then wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting wet. You will also need a change of clothes. Footwear should consist of plimsolls or similar.
In winter, you will need a woolly hat and fleece and a layer of thermal clothing is useful.
The Club can sometimes provide cagoules, wetsuits and wetsuit boots.
What equipment do I need?
You don’t need to get any equipment as this can usually be provided by the Club, for a small hire fee Eventually, you may wish to purchase items such as a cagoule or even splash out on a new or second-hand boat. Some equipment can be expensive and it is useful to see what equipment Club members use before buying. Club membership allows you 10% discount with certain shops.
Is there any age limit and do you welcome families?
We do not have an age limit and we welcome anyone to participate in our Club activities regardless, of their age, ability, ethnicity, sexuality or gender. We also encourage family’s to enjoy our club activities with their children, and any juniors (under 18 yrs) must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian on club events.
Do you provide coaching?
Yes, we have British Canoeing (BC) qualified coaches and can provide coaching in kayaks and open canoes. The Club is a “BC Personal Performance Awards Provider” and we deliver courses to enable help our members achieve the New BC Go Paddling Awards and the BC Personal Performance Awards. These course usually start with pool sessions and river trips.
We also provide training and assessments for other BC awards, for Club Members, e.g. First Aid.
What activities does the Club do?
We arrange a variety of activities throughout the year, including flat-water river trips, pool sessions, sea trips and white-water trips for the more adventurous. Whether you want to paddle lazily along a river in an open canoe spotting wildlife or fancy a rush of adrenaline on a white-water trip, we will have something to suit all levels of experience.
Visit our Events page for our current activities
Do you have a club magazine?
Purley Canoe Club has a members page linked to the website and the club publishes a news letter twice a year called “Clublines”, which provides information about future events and articles about previous exciting club activities. You can also read some of our Club news articles which are posted on the club website.