Kayaking and canoeing with WASC
Explore our local area and further afield from a different angle!
With WASC you can paddle along canals and rivers, or even try sea-kayaking or have a go on whitewater.
What WASC can do
We can introduce you to easy waterways in Wiltshire and Avon.
We can supply club closed-cockpit kayaks, canoes and sit-on-top kayaks, along with buoyancy aids and helmets.
We can organise trips with other canoe clubs and experienced or qualified leaders, enabling us to explore new waterways safely.
All members of WASC become club affiliated members of British canoeing.
Our club includes some trained or qualified members in paddle instruction and safety and rescue skills. We can help to organise training in paddling skills if you wish to progress.
We can hire out our craft for individual use provided that you undergo our safety training and have demonstrated that you can paddle safely. Note that using club craft for personal use is uninsured and entirely at your own risk.
The club can offer a course in basic paddle safety which will help you to check equipment and make good decisions when paddling independently.
What WASC can't do
We do not have waterside storage for our kayaks, thus we cannot guarantee that a craft will be transported to the waterway for you.
If you want to explore British waterways independently, we highly advise you to become an On-the-water member of British Canoeing.
Tips for a successful paddling trip
Ask the leader what is the best thing to wear for the time of year. The club has wetsuits and cagoules you can borrow in cold or wet weather. Wear wet shoes if you have them. Avoid shoes with laces.
Always wear a buoyancy aid and do it up.
Take an energy bar and a drink. Make sure you bring a towel and a change of clothes. Insect repellent and sun cream are also useful.
Check with the leader how often he/she has visited this waterway. If you aren't confident with his/her ability to lead the group safely, don't go.
Dress appropriately. Wear a helmet for white water, rescue training and games. You can ask to wear a helmet for any event if you want one.
Do not paddle alone. Make sure you can always see other people in your group.
Understand that the conditions in a familiar waterway change according to recent weather.
If you fall in, intentionally or otherwise, make sure you shower afterwards.
Read the paddling risk assessment.