Events & Activities » Canoeing
We run taster sessions that are ideal for those on holiday here. Our aim is to make you see how much fun you can have in kayaks - so you go home and join your local club. Or maybe you will join this one. A volunteer instructor from the club looks after you while you are on the water. You make a donation to our club equipment fund, we suggest £25 pp. If you are interested in taster sessions see link to the canoe sections website or give Tim the Canoe Secretary a ring on 01803 832663 or email him at the link below.
If you live locally (or visit regularly) why not come and join DYC as a member. Joining the club costs £67 for a single adult and £104 for a family.
Once joined as a member you can use the DYC bar, our sailing dinghies and our kayak fleet. With respect to the kayaks it works like this: from day 1 you can use our sit on top kayaks on your own, these are craft you paddle without a spraydeck, we also have sit in kayaks that do normally get used with a spraydeck and using these on your own takes longer. We provide tuition from qualified instructors and experienced members as part of group paddles that take place normally on a Tuesday evening and Sunday morning May - September. Members are able to use the sit in kayaks once they are sufficiently competent.
We also have sea kayaks (these are sit in kayaks that are longer and a bit faster so good for longer paddles), currently 8 of them. Often these are used on Thursday evenings. We also have 2 canadian canoes.
The club organises several upriver social paddles each summer. Typically these will involve visiting a pub upriver for supper or having a barbecue on a beach. We will either paddle home by torchlight after these or return by car with the boats on roof racks.
In the winter we have regular white water paddles for those wanting a challenge and also run monthly pool sessions throughout the winter where people can develop their skills in warm water.
In summer there are usually some longer sea trips organised, such as Dartmouth to Brixham or Slapton to Salcombe. Our longest ever sea kayak trip so far was Dartmouth to Looe which is possible and involved 3 nights camping overnight on beaches along the way.
Email is very important to the way the Canoe Section is organised. Club paddlers are kept up to date regarding what we have planned with emails about twice each month. If you would like to be added in to our paddlers email list just let us know - if you live up country you can opt in to these emails when you visit Dartmouth and then opt out again when you go back home.
If you have any queries about paddling please contact Tim Freeman the Canoe Secretary.