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Canoeing - FAQ

Here are a few frequently asked questions regarding the Canoeing Section:

Q. When does the Canoeing Section meet?
A. That depends on the time of year:
- In the Spring / Summer (March to August), the club meets for sailing on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Wednesday and Saturday are evenings and the Sundays are afternoon. 
- In the Autumn (September - December), the club only meets for sailing on the Sunday afternoons, due to the lack of light in the evenings.
- In the Winter (January and February), there's no organised sailing.

Q. What qualifications do I need?
A. We ask that all members are BCU 2 Star certified. This is to show that you have reached a suitable level of skill to be on the water safely.
Now, don't worry if you're not quite there yet. We have contacts with a number of local watersports centres who provide excellent courses and training (see our links page). Most importantly, don't be put off. Come and talk to us. We can get you on the water to 'have a go' to see if canoeing is your thing.

Q. Do I need to wear a buoyancy aid when Canoeing / Kayaking?
A. Yes, yes and yes. We want everyone to be safe on the water, so you must wear a buoyancy aid at all times.

Q. I don't have my own Canoe / Kayak. Can I borrow one?
A. Yes, you can use a club owned canoe, subject to demand, in your first year of membership.

Q. Can I hire a Canoe / Kayak if I'm not a member?
A. No. Sorry, but for safety reasons we can only hire Canoes and Kayaks to members who have demonstrated their safety on the water.

Q. I have my own Canoe / Kayak. Can I store it at the club?
A. Yes. Members can store their own craft at the club's dinghy park for an annual fee (see the membership fees page for more info).