Summer River Sessions Starting on Monday 16th April 2012

This was the April 2012 page – here is the 2013 version.

START TIME: If you require kit and/or coaching at the sessions please arrive at 6.30pm, when the container will be opened and kit issued. It has been agreed that the container will be closed at 6.45pm to ensure coaching groups can be formed and everyone will be ready to get onto the water together (something which is often hard work for our volunteer coaches, so we hope you can understand the need for tightening up on the times and issuing of kit).

FEES: Those without their own kit can hire full kit (Boat, Paddle, Spraydeck, Buoyancy Aid etc.) from the club for £4 for Club Sessions.

BORROWING KIT: If you borrow kit for use at other session such as the Wednesday night sessions at Llangollen then please ensure you are either using the kit the following Monday or return it so that others may. Kit hire is always in high demand on a Monday and those failing to allow its use on a Monday night will be charged the usual fee.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Everyone is is welcome  to come along for two taster sessions. After that everyone is required to become a member to attend further sessions and be covered by our insurance.

CHILDREN: We are often asked about minimum age – it is difficult to give an age, because it also depends on their size and the kit available, but the committee agreed that 10 years old would be used as a guide and please note:
A parent/guardian must be present (on the bank or river) throughout the session.

PERSONAL KIT: Each individual is responsible for turning up with appropriate personal kit including:

  • Suitable footwear that provides protection and is secure
    – not flip flops! – or bare feet! – Shrewsbury Marine sell Beachwalker shoes
  • Warm layers – multiple thin layers of wool or man-made fibre are best
    – not one thick woolly jumper!
  • No denim or other cotton clothes – you’ll actually end up colder than without them
  • Towel and change of clothes.

Depending on the weather

  • Lightweight waterproof/windproof jacket.
  • Hat (and sunglasses if you want to look cool)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sugary Snacks/Energy Bars
  • Hot drink or stuff to make one in the pavilion

FACILITIES: We have the use of the Cricket Pavillion again this year which provides:

  • Toilets (Regular & Disabled)
  • Hot Showers
  • Changing room (items left at your own risk during the session)
  • Heating
  • Small kitchen with Fridge and Water Boiler.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS/MEDICATION: Although you will have included any conditions or medication on your membership form please also ensure any new coach you are working is also aware as we do not always have to opportunity to pass on the information.

Also ensure that you have on your person any emergency medication needed (Inhalers, Epipens, GTN etc) and don’t just leave them in a bag on the bank as you may be some distance from Frankwell during the course of the evening.

COACHING: For those who would like to work towards particular skills and/or star tests, there will be a more structured group(s) and it will help you and the coaches and other group members if you are able to commit to turning up each week, or let your coach know if you can’t.

This year we intend to run it a bit differently instead of the free for all , we intend to have three separate groups
1 Star group – Beginners that want to learn basic skills
2 Star group – If you have some paddling experience and want to develop your skills
3rd group will be for people that want nothing more than to play and splash about and are only there to learn “how do I splash my mate better” – so are ideal candidates for SCC’s Canoe Polo team.

COACHES: All sessions rely on the presence of volunteer coaches and helpers. Tom is drawing up a rota – please contact him through the Mailshot with your availability if you would be willing to help with any duties, including dry ones on the bank!  Each week there will be one nominated Coach-in-charge who will be responsible for making decisions
regarding river conditions & suitability of kit, and whether a person should get on the water.

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