To get started just bring your swimming gear to the training session.
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Canoe Club actually uses kayaks but for someone who has never used either, this won’t make a difference! We cater for all levels of ability, so if you’ve never seen a kayak before, let alone go down a river in one this won’t matter.
The club meets every Thursday at the Stevenson Building swimming pool where you can learn and practice techniques with the help from more experienced members of the club. If you are a more experienced paddler you have chance to learn freestyle skills in a separate area of the pool, dedicated to rodeo training.
This year we will be using the exciting new Pinkston White Water Course which will provide people that are new to the sport an opportunity to get some river practise without having to be in a river! This will help build confidence before the real thing.
River trips are the best part of the club as you get to see some great places in Scotland, and experience some exhilarating white water. We also run various weekend trips to North East, Machrihanish, Fort Bill and Etive.
The main area where the club competes is BUSA polo. There is the opportunity to take part every week at the pool; the teams are constantly changing so anyone can take part after a little practice. We host the annual SUS competition and there were Freshers in both of the teams we entered - the women’s team came first!
The end result of all this can be two weeks paddling in the Alps! This is such a great trip and every year Freshers can go if they can demonstrate improved paddling skills, so it is not just for the experienced kayakers.
The club has an excellent social side! Every week after the pool session we go to either our sponsor pub The Old Schoolhouse or the GU beer bar which is a great way to get to know other members. For the less faint hearted we are also sponsored by Viper for anyone who wants to continue the night out! Socials include our annual scavenger hunt, sub crawl, boys v girls night, flat parties and many more! For those of you who like to get out of your wetsuit there is the annual GUSA Ball.