The following provides some idea of the types of activities that Southbourne Canoe Club and its members get involved in, further details can be found in our news letters.
A wide range of different levels and grades of sea kayaking are undertaken during warmer summer and colder winter months. Trips are based either on part day, daily or weekends, some extended trips are also supported but organised by other providers. Trips are either club organised or done on a friends basis. We do have a core of Sea Kayakers who paddle locally, nationally and internationally.
At present we do not have any Surf specific coach at our club and therefore are only able to surf on a friends basis and not as an organised club activity. We have some members with sufficient experience to cover surfing straight into shore but not to teach any surfing moves or tricks. We have a core of kayak surfers who paddle locally at Highcliffe, Boscombe, Bournemouth & Kimmeridge with occasional trips to the West Country.
Calm Water Kayaking and Canoeing
A number of calm water paddles are undertaken each year. These have included :
- Christchurch harbour
- River Stour
- Iford bridge to Mudeford
- River Avon (Bath)
- Avon canal (Bath)
- Basingstoke canal
- River Frome and Piddle (Wareham)
- Poole Harbour
These trips are in the main club organised with relevant coaching support provided.
White Water Kayaking
We have a number of white water coaches at our club who are able to support trips on rivers up to grade 3. Grade 4 and 5 white water paddling is undertaken but on a friends only basis and not as an organised club activity. We have a core of White Water paddlers who paddle locally, nationally and internationally. Locations paddled to date in include:
- Numerous Thames weirs
- The French Alps
Social Events (non-paddling)
We hold a number of social activities throughout the year that do not require you to be a committed paddlers. This is intended to allow non-paddling family members to join in club activities. These activities vary on a year by year basis but generally comprise of the following:
- Summer beach BBQ
- Regular Thursday night BBQ’s at the centre
- Disco nights
- Christmas games evening
- Talks and lectures in the centre over winter month