Frequently Asked Questions?


Here are a few of our frequently asked questions about Purley Canoe Club and paddlesport in general. However, if these don’t answer your queries please contact us.

How do I get started?

gettign sstartedVisit the events page on the website for information about trips. Then contact the membership secretary to sign up for one of our many events, via the contact page.

Can I try canoeing out before joining?

coachingWe 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?

clothingIf you are attending a pool session, then all you need bring is a towel, swimming trunks/costume and perhaps a tee-shirt.

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?

equipmentYou 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?

safeguaridngWe 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 child under 10 must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Do you provide coaching?

coachYes, we have British Canoeing (BC) qualified coaches and can provide coaching in kayaks and open canoes. The first stage is BC 1 star award. This normally starts with practicing during pool sessions and on river trips. We provide training and assessment, for Club Members, from 1 to 3 star awards in kayak and 1 to 2 star awards in open boating at our star training days. The BC paddlesport award scheme goes up to 5 star awards.

We also provide training and assessments for other BC awards, for Club Members, e.g. First Aid.

What activities does the Club do?

activitiesWe are primarily a flat-water club, but we also have sea 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.

Do you have a club magazine?

newsletter 3Purley 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.