Kayaking (we use kayaks not canoes!) – During the summer we are kayaking on the sea on Wednesdays. Meet at 6.30pm at our club arch; this is down on the beach, just to the east of the West Pier and next to the Brighton Sailing Club Arches.
During the wet season – yep, we welcome the rain 🙂 – we have weekend trips to UK rivers with white-water and an occasional sedate trip down one of the local rivers. More experienced paddlers plan a trip a year abroad to taste the white waters of the Alps.
We are a friendly group and welcome everybody to paddle with us. If you are a beginner (with no previous experience) or novice kayaker (done a 1* Course or equivalent) we offer you an induction beginner session, usually occurring on New Members Night i.e. each 2nd Wednesday on the month. PLEASE register your name by signing into the “BEC beginner session” event as emailed and advertised on our website and discuss your skills with the section leader first. Otherwise, we may need to turn you away or cancel the session, and we don’t want to do so.
When starting out on a warm summers day with little wind and warm water, not much specialist kit is needed. You might need a bit of string to tie on glasses, a swim suit, synthetic t-shirt and shorts and footwear you don’t mind getting wet. With some more wind you need to wear something to stop it, like an old waterproof (not really intended to keep you dry). A cotton t-shirt has no warmth in it when it is wet so something made of manmade fibres is better; e.g. a nylon t-shirt, surfing/kayaking rash vests (£15 from Decathlon or Lomo) or a cheap synthetic fleeces (£5-10 from Primark and Matalan). Synthetic shorts or leggings are a good idea too. On a colder summers day or in spring and autumn, best if you will have a wetsuit on, with a fleece and a windproof cag and old trainers.
The Club has kayaks, paddles and plenty of buoyancy aids, spray decks and helmets to keep you safe. Also, some wetsuits and windproof cags but they are limited in number. If members want to borrow club equipment at other times, perhaps for a club trip, please contact the section leader well in advance, details as below, to discuss safety arrangements and how to contact a key holder. The Inventory of equipment is available online and in the arch there is also a registry for any borrowing.
BEC SAFETY GUIDELINES – Kayaking (p.15) – Click here to read the Club Safety Guidelines
Kayak Section Leader
Tel: 0785 5894202
Kayak Nominated Competent Reference
Tel: 07767 833509
Kayak Photo Gallery
Click here for some kayaking pictures