York Canoe Club is a friendly canoe club based in the centre of York. We specialise in white water kayaking, but also paddle flat water on the Ouse and have a number of open boats for those who prefer one blade.
We meet once a week throughout the year – in the winter months we have a pool session at Yearsley Swimming pool, and in the summer we meet at our club house in Rowntrees park for river training on the Ouse. After training we will meet down the local pub.
At weekends there is normally a trip organised or other members who wish to get out and paddle.
You can join the club no matter what, if any, past experience you may have in kayaking and canoeing.
We are always keen to see experienced paddlers and can help you develop your area of interest; paddling, leadership, coaching. There are always people keen to get out and have fun on the water locally or further afield.
If you are new to the sport we have a coaching programme to help you develop your skills at a pace that you are comfortable with. We run beginners courses every three months to develop your core skills (this course closely follows the BCU 1 star award).
When you are ready to get onto moving water, we run an introduction to white water course to teach you the basic techniques for moving water. This course is a pre-requisite of Open to All trips.
All club coaching is free, provided by experienced members. We also provide opportunities to progress your paddling with subsidised training on courses such as First Aid, White Water Safety and Rescue, Coaching and Leadership awards.
We can provide all of the necessary equipment if required. We have a fleet of kayaks as well as an odd open boat and white water racers. Additionally we can provide buoyancy aids, helmets, waterproof cags, wet-suits, spraydecks and paddles to get you started. When you are ready to buy your own kit, there is a wealth of experience and advice available to ensure you get the right bit of kit. Membership also gives you discount at a number of kayak shops.
We are a fully affiliated senior Canoe England club; This provides all of our members with third party liability insurance cover for all club trips.