HERTS CANOE CLUB
What We Offer
Whether you're a total beginner or more experienced, or if you're training for a sporting event, this page details what Herts Canoe Club has to offer.
If this is your first time in a kayak or canoe then the initial sessions will be based around how to keep safe in your boat and getting it moving to where you want it to go on flat water.
Once you have gained the skills needed you will be introduced to more difficult techniques which will enable you to go onto the weirs in the local vicinity under the guidance of your coach. This will give you your first taster of white water and the fun that can be had.
If you have previous experience and may be a bit rusty we will look at your ability and previous experience and fit you into a group that suits your needs and aspirations.
Perhaps you're training for a triathlon, race, or another sporting event? We can do specifically tailored courses for 2-3 people. If you have an event coming up, please get in touch, we will always try to put together a course to suit.
Coaching at the club is under the guidance of the National Governing Body (British Canoeing). Nationally recognised qualifications are delivered and assessed by Coaches at the club.
The main aim of the coaching is however to make you a better paddler and have fun rather than concentrating solely on the qualifications.
White Water Kayaking
White water is our club's speciality. We have several weirs where you can develop moving water skills, we also have regular trips to the Nene White Water Centre where you can improve those skills. The club is lucky enough to be near the Lee Valley White Water Centre, where many of our members get together to paddle the Legacy Loop. We also have grade 2-3 river trips including the Dart and the Tryweryn.
Touring, or flat water kayaking, is for those who like a tranquil paddle on rivers and open water (including lakes and estuaries). Members can hone their skills on our 'Hertford Loop' while taking in the beautiful scenery. The club has regular trips to the river Ivel, we have also had day trips of the Great Ouse and the Thames estuary.
Canoes are another great way of seeing the lakes and rivers. But if you're more of an adrenaline junkie we also offer white water canoeing. The club has suitable trips for canoes on both flat water (the Ivel) and white water (the Dart Loop).
If riding the ocean waves is more your style, we offer that too. You can learn the basics on our Loop, including safety and navigation, before taking trips to estuaries, the coast, and even island hopping. Past club trips have been; paddling from Lulworth cove to Durdle Door in Dorset, and navigating the Medway.