White Water Paddling

Don't forget to check out the photos of our 2011 Tryweryn Trip!

When the white water season is upon us, Chas has given us the information below that he thought would give some details for first timers to white water.

Peer Group Trips

These trips are done on the basis that we are paddling as a group of peers - i.e. no-one is "in charge" or responsible for the safety of the others in the group.

That said we would encourage everyone to come along to suitable trips (see below for a discussion on "suitable") and we try to grade the trips so that newcomers can learn fast and progress on to the harder ones. Of course the more experienced kayakers will in practice help, assist and do their best to look after newcomers.  This has worked well in previous years. The plus side of these trips is that there is no coaching fee

If you don't have your own boat or kit you can borrow club kit for these - but it would be great if you have a roof rack, or car shared with a friend who has one, so you could transport it.  I will have room to carry a boat or two on my car, on a first come first served basis. If you need club kit I would ideally need to know on the Thursday before the weekend to pick it up, unless you can make other arrangements to pick it up.

Who are the peer trips suitable for?

White water is graded from 1 to 6 as follows:

Bear in mind that when we say a river is "Grade 3" that may only apply to a couple of rapids, walk around those and the rest may be grade 2.  Also the grade is only a guide, it will vary a lot depending on water levels.

So how are the local rivers graded?