Thank you to the many club members who supported trips in 2017 and made them so much fun!
Nomad Kayak club runs a trip every month for members' enjoyment and to develop skills on different water. There's no charge for the trips led by coaches and experienced paddlers who specify the skill level needed. Trips are normally on the second sunday or weekend of the month to avoid conflict with other club activities, so remember to keep this weekend free.
The club opens trips to as many members as possible, so if you haven't done BCU stars awards, ask a club coach to tell you your paddling level then ask the trip leader if you'll be OK for the trip. The trip leader's email address is on the sign up page. Boats and equipment can be borrowed for trips at a cost of £5 per day from the equipment officer. The club doesn't provide boat transport for trips, so please arrange your own and share lifts with other members on the signup page. If you want to come on trips regularly its a good idea to buy a car roof rack (Christmas hint!).
Trips are coordinated by trips officer Matt Greenshields and for questions about individual trips please contact the relevant trip leader by email. A big thank you to the trip leaders who give up their time free for club members!
New for 2018 - In addition to the trips shown below, whenever there's a whitewater trip we'll endeavour to run an alternative flat water day trip on the same sunday for non-whitewater paddlers. Keep an eye out here and in the newsletter for details.
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR TRIPS AT LEAST A WEEK IN ADVANCE TO GIVE THE TRIP LEADER TIME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS - THANK YOU!
2018 Trips Calendar
Peter or Matt will lead this 5 miles circular paddle up the Thames and back down St Patrick's stream at Wargrave with a stop for a picnic lunch. Suitable for 1* level paddlers.
Anthony Vecchio is organising another UNSUPERVISED PEER GROUP VISIT (not a led club trip!) to the Nene Whitewater Course in Northampton for paddlers who are prepared to sign themselves in as having 'relevant paddling experience on grade 2/3 water and are able to make break outs or ferry glide in order to stop or slow themselves down' and be responsible for their own safety. Anyone who's been on the Upper Wye or the Dee trips is up to this standard as well as others who are strong paddlers and feel confident with break outs and ferry gliding in fast moving water. Click here to see what it's like.
This is a great opportunity to practice moving water skills on a mild whitewater course only about an hour away. Meet in the NWWC car park at 1.30pm at the latest to be on the water for 2pm. Cost £12. You'll need to download and fill out their Medical Consent Form and Safety and Risk Declaration and take them with you.
Matt Greenshields will lead this week away with 7 Nomad paddlers and expert local guides Kayak Campo to sample Spanish Pyrenean grade 3-4 whitewater, not to mention the local food, wine and sunshine, on the rivers Esera, Cinca and Ara and staying in the Aragonese village of Campo. Please contact Matt directly if you're interested as some places are still available.
Sunday 8th July - River Cherwell at Oxford - Sign up
Peter Scott will lead this trip winding around historic Oxford colleges. Suitable for 1* level paddlers.
Nick Moore and Ian Williams will lead a weekend on this classic dam release river and maybe others in the area. Suitable for confident 2* level paddlers with previous white water experience.
Matt Greenshields and Peter Scott will lead this weekend paddling through beautiful Welsh marches countryside and practicing on the classic Symond's yat training rapid. Suitable for 1* level paddlers who've been on a trip before.
Ian Walker will lead 2018's return to the Ivel. Suitable for 1* level paddlers who've already been on a trip.
Nick Moore's return to the river Dart. Suitable for confident 2*+ paddlers. Make your own accommodation arrangements and meet at the Dartbridge Inn. Trip date to be confirmed.
Matt Greenshields will lead this picturesque circuit off the Thames ending at Chertsey weir. Suitable for 1* level paddlers.