River sessions this year will start on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May 2018.
River sessions are held on the River Wensum at Swanton Morley on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in May, June and July, starting on 9th and 10th May and finishing on 18th and 19th July. There will be no sessions in the half-term week, 30th and 31st May. Sessions usually last about 2 hours, depending on the weather and the time of sunset. Sessions start at 6.30 pm. Please arrive on time so we can make best use of the daylight.
You need to be a member of Dereham Canoe Group to join our river sessions.
For a membership form and an application form for river sessions, please write to the Group’s secretary, Lynda Turner.
For junior beginners under 14 years old, we will run a Paddlepower Passport group on Thursday evenings. For those who have passed Paddlepower Passport, we will run a Paddlepower Discover group on Wednesday evenings. This is the normal improvers class for those aged under 14. Those over 14 are welcome to join either the Discover class or the 2-star sessions.
Paddlepower courses use continuous assessment and the course fee of £40 includes your progress assessment card.
For adults and teenagers aged 14 and over, we will run coached paddling sessions. These are suitable for people ranging from complete beginners through to improvers who have not yet of 2-star standard. Under 14’s who have the Passport certificate but cannot join the Discover group on Wednesdays are welcome to attend the coached sessions on Thursdays. The sessions generally take the form of a supervised group paddle either upstream to the bridge or downstream to Elsing Mill. Coaching towards the 1-star (for beginners) and 2-star (improvers) qualifications will be given during these trips.
Coached paddling sessions can be booked as a set of 10 sessions for £35 or on a per session basis for £5 each. Once paddlers feel ready, we can run 1-star and 2-star assessments. A separate certification fee will be payable for the assessment.
Members who already have 2-star or above will be welcome to paddle with these groups and just pay the equipment hire charge if they are using club equipment.
For a membership form and an application for river sessions, please write to the Group’s secretary, Lynda Turner.