Paddling sessions and where we meet
The club has two "homes". These are our Club House at Colt Hill which is on the Basingstoke Canal near Odiham and the QMC Sports Centre Swimming Pool, Basingstoke.
Our main Club night is Wednesday evening and is either at Colt Hill (summer) or QMC (winter). Although our sessions are still a little limited by COVID-19 restrictions, we are now back to running both our Wednesday Club Nights and our Saturday Morning Paddles. We hope to re-start our Friday Kids Paddles later this year.
Look at our club sessions page to find out more.
Colt Hill Saturdays
Saturday Canal Sessions - 9:30am - 12:30pm
There are paddling sessions for Club Members at Colt Hill on many Saturday mornings (depending on availability of Club Coaches and Volunteers.) These sessions can include led paddles and coaching and the possibility of individual tuition. The Boat Store will be open for loan of Club kit between 09:30 and 10:00 (bringing kit back between 12:00 and 12:30)
River Barle Weekend 2021
29th to 31st October 2021
In October 2021 we will be visiting the River Barle in north Devon. For this year only (due to many of the coaches and river leaders not have paddled white water for over 18 months), to take part in this trip you must have paddled on white water before, and be happy to paddle as part of a peer group. As usual there will be group leaders assigned to each group, but no coaching as such.
This scenic river is mainly grade 2 white water, though if the water levels are high, the top section from Tarr Steps to Dulverton can be continuous grade 3 with an alpine feel.
BADCC is operating in accordance with BC guidance
Safety – at all times the health and safety of members and other paddlers is of paramount importance.
Hardship – the Club recognises that some paddlers will be experiencing financial hardship and will work to minimises its impact on their ability to paddle.
Guidance – the Club will follow guidance issued by HM Government and by our national governing body, British Canoeing. The Club notes that this guidance is changing rapidly so this document is liable to change.
Risk Assessment - For a copy of the Club's Risk Assessment, which has been updated to reflect the current COVID-19 protocols, please click here
Outdoor Paddling Sessions
BADCC interpretation of British Canoeing and Government guidance is that recreational paddling is currently allowed under the the following circumstances
- in groups of up to six people
- with the people you live with (your household) + one other household
- club organised activities lead by a club Coach, Instructor or Paddle Leader (includes our Club Nights and Saturday morning paddles)
Access to Local Rivers and Canals
A brief reminder that a licence is required for most local rivers and canals: this includes the Basingstoke Canal. See requirements below for local waterways
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