Welcome to Dereham Canoe Group. We are a friendly, family-oriented club and we offer a wide range of canoeing and kayaking activities
Our main paddling location is at Swanton Morley in the heart of Norfolk, where we run lessons and other events on the River Wensum in summer and can use the two weirs to practise skills on moving water. Between September and April, we hold monthly lessons at a local swimming pool. Training is provided by our Level 1, 2 and 3 British Canoeing qualified coaches.
We also hold trips on the Broads, on other rivers in East Anglia and even through the city of Norwich. We hold at least one white water trip on a river in winter or spring, as well as practice sessions at artificial white water courses.
We plan to hold the annual night-time Spooky Doo paddle on Saturday 28th October 2017, paddling by the light of glowsticks, the moon and the flicker of will-o’-the-wisps through the trees.
Meet at Castle Farm starting at 6.30pm. As it will be in the dark, all paddlers will need warm clothes and a windproof top. Only paddlers of One Star or Paddlepower Passport ability will be able to take kayaks out but others can go in open boats with a more experienced paddler. Please be aware if you are borrowing club equipment there will be a charge of £2.00 per person.
There will be a BBQ and paddlers are welcome to bring their own food to be cooked. We are looking for a non-paddler to keep an eye on the BBQ whilst everyone is on the water and to cook once everyone is off the water – please email Lynda if you can help.
There will be a pumpkin competition for the junior members (under 16s) and please feel free to wear fancy dress!
Pool sessions are held on the third Saturday of each month from September to April at Taverham Hall School. Sessions cost £6 and are pre-booked at the beginning of the autumn and spring terms. There are sometimes spaces available at short notice. If you are interested please contact us via email.
River sessions this season start on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th May. This year we are running coached sessions rather than specific courses, but if you wish to obtain more qualifications just have a chat with your coach.
We are running Starter Sessions during National Go Canoeing Week – these are an ideal opportunity to have a go on the water. See the links below for more information and booking details.
The annual Mince Pie Paddle will be on Tuesday 27th December – place and time to be confirmed
The annual Spooky Doo paddle will be on Saturday 29th October at the farm at 6:30pm.
Glowsticks are needed for boats, but some can be provided
The Sue Brooks Challenge Trophy cardboard canoe race is on Sunday the 22nd of May, starting at 10:30 AM. Price will be £4 per person, and food and drinks will be available to purchase on the day. All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Cardboard Canoe Race Poster 22nd May 2016
If you’re entering, email Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 2016 DCG newsletter newsletter is now available.