St Austell Canoe Club

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Information for New Members

Paddling with the Club

  • We paddle from Porthpean Beach in the spring/summer season (May to September) and hold training sessions in the pool at Polkyth Leisure Centre during the winter months.
  • Porthpean club nights take place on Thursday evenings. Arrive at 6.30pm (or before), to get on the water for 7pm.
  • You can park in the club field, or in the public car park at Porthpean. We are located in the field opposite Porthpean Sailing Club. As you walk out of the public car park, turn right, along the road a short way, then turn left, up a gravelled track.
  • In addition to our weekly club nights, there is a Programme of paddle trips organised throughout the year.

Equipment for Club Nights

  • As a new paddler you will be entitled to 4 free sessions on the water, with free use of the club equipment (boat, paddle, buoyancy aid, spraydeck, cagoule etc). After the fourth session, if you like the Club, you must become a member. You can join through our online membership system. Membership prices are here, and there are discounts for family groups. When you become a member, there will also be a charge for use of the club equipment, prices here. This must be paid for in advance by buying Equipment Vouchers online. Note that most members tend to buy their own kit after a while, rather than hire the Club's equipment.

Clothing for Club Nights

  • You need to be wearing clothing that you would be happy to swim in, i.e. that can get soaking wet. No cotton, because it holds water and makes people cold fast. No jeans, fleece material is good, a wetsuit is ideal.
  • You will need either, a pair of old trainers, beach shoes, or wetsuit boots.
  • To help prevent wind chill it is best to wear a cagoule over your other clothing. Cags can be borrowed from the Club on the night. Don’t be tempted to act macho and go out in a pair of shorts and a T shirt. It can get pretty cold out of Porthpean, particularly as the sessions are in the evening. Although you probably won’t get hypothermia at this time of year, you will get cold, which will spoil your enjoyment.
  • If you decide you want to continue paddling, then for longer term purchases, the best thing is to look at the sort of kit other people have when they come to the Club. People love to discuss kit!

Other Information

  • Note that St Austell Canoe Club operates out of a shed in a field. Unfortunately, we don’t have any indoor changing facilities or toilets.
  • If you have any medical conditions that may affect your ability to paddle, please let one of the coaches know on the night.
  • The Club is affiliated to the national kayaking body “British Canoeing" (BC), and our coaches follow the BC codes of practice. In order to develop your kayaking skills, our coaches are qualified to train and assess you for the BC proficiency awards, up to 3 star level. At the club, we generally specialise in sea kayaking and surf kayaking, but a number of our members are also proficient at whitewater river kayaking.
  • If you want to see full details of club policies, these are available on the Downloads page.
  • Keep an eye on this website for news and events. We also have a Facebook Page.