Last chance to prepare for the upcoming winter white water season. Try out the magical breaking in and out and a bit of ferry gliding, if you're lucky you may even take a refreshing swim. If you do swim you’ll be in excellent company, many first time ww paddlers in the club have spent a jolly day floating down the mighty Yat and most survived and went on to be Grade 4-5, waterfall paddling, happy paddlers (or even the club’s coaches)
Symonds Yat is a fairly safe (it's moving water with rocks so never completely safe!) 50 metre stretch of gentle rapids that you can run and then carry boat back up to run again until exhaustion sets in…
We will be running a progressive programme of white water trip from the beginning of October, but it is far better to learn the basics at the Yat than a cold October river in Devon/Wales.
So don’t put off your first ww trip until the shortest day of the year, when it is -5C, a grade 3 river is planned and you’re wearing a t-shirt because the trip leader will send you home.
Unlike most white water trips it has pubs, toilets and ice cream shops.
As always we need loads of experienced paddlers/throwlines/cakes for me.
Meet at the club to leave by 08.00 there could be many other clubs preparing for the winter white water season so it does get busy midday.
On average it's about a 1:15 - 1:45 and 64 mile drive. Depending on peoples' energy levels we may not be home much before 18:00.
Please register if you intend to come, it has boat carrying details, plus emergency contact details that make it a little easier for the organisers.
What to bring - the usual stuff but not forgetting-
Warm paddling kit as it could be cold?
A cold/hot drink could be a must have - an unbreakable flask (attached) in the back of your boat.
Food - high energy food is best (flapjacks/Mars bars/banana etc. are good)
Dry warm clothes to get changed into post paddle.
A home made banana & chocolate cake for the organiser.
We share the cost of the fuel (130+ miles so could be around £20-£35 per car). We'll have the £6.50 toll and parking to pay.