Sawston Youth Group Canoe Club
• Messing about on the River!
In March 2002 Sawston Youth Group
purchased 15 brand new Kayaks for the use of the young people at SYG who are
interested in canoeing and water sports. In addition to these kayaks we have
a canoe and all the necessary safety gear to makes the use of this equipment
as safe as possible.
Below is a list of the SYG Canoe Club events that some
members of Sawston Youth Group can take part in. Unless specifically mentioned,
these events apply to both Kayakers and Canoeists:
For pictures from recent river trips &
canoeing events, click
• Equipment and Safety
SYG owns a fleet of 15 kayaks, a trailer
and all the safety clothing that is required for any canoeing trip.
When canoeing with SYG, we expect each attendant to bring appropriate “wet”
clothing and footwear to canoe in, a full change of dry clothing with a
towel, a packed lunch/tea and a drink, preferably a hot one. All this should
be brought in a waterproof bag (2 bin liners will do the trick).
All SYG canoeing staff are fully qualified with the British Canoeing and have many years of experience coaching canoeists. All
possible controls are put in place to ensure that canoeing with SYG is a
safe and enjoyable activity. One of these controls is that the Instructors
word is final, both on and off the water. Please remember this – it is for
• River Trips
River Trips are an essential part of the
British Canoeing awards and are also a lot of fun. They
can vary in distance from 2 miles to 8 miles, and will improve your paddling
no end. For all river trips you will need to bring a change of clothes, a
towel, some lunch and a hot drink in a waterproof bag.
• General Sessions
These sessions can take any format
from going to a white-water centre, practicing in swimming pools,
competitions and general sessions just for fun. For all sessions, you will
need to bring a change of clothes, a towel, some lunch and a hot drink in a
• Coaching for British Canoeing
has Paddle Awards and Discipline Specific Awards.
If you're looking to get in a boat for
the first time, then the Paddle Awards are for you! The awards will
develop your confidence in the craft you choose in a sheltered water
environment, developing your fundamental skills and decision making
skills, enabling you to start your lifelong journey into
The Discipline Specific Awards allow you to develop your personal
paddling and decision making skills in the craft and environment of
your choice. Available in every craft and environment, the awards
are based on your learning, encouraging you in your personal
development. So whether your looking to progress your White-water
skills, or get into Open Canoeing, the awards are for you!
Obtaining these awards can count towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
• Obtaining British Canoeing Awards
All participants should make a
record of their river trips in a “log book”. This will be required when they
take any British Canoeing Awards.
• Numbers on Trips
Please note that numbers for any canoeing
activity must be limited to the amount of equipment available and the
recommended instructor to student ratio, as laid down by
British Canoeing. This will
vary depending on the activity.
With this in mind, places for all canoeing events will be on a first come,
first served basis.
Each event will be announced at SYG on a Monday evening, at least 2 weeks in
advance and the number of available places will be stated then. If you wish
to attend, give your name and money to Steve Burgess, as soon as possible after
Steve Burgess – SYG Canoe Co-ordinator
Steve is a BCU Level 1 Coach, and is also co-ordinating all the canoe events and activities this year.
For any information regarding SYG Canoe Club events, please contact
Paul Whitmell - Instructor
Paul is a BCU Level 2 UKCC Coach as well as a First Aider.
Paul Cain - Instructor
Paul is a BCU Level 2 Coach.
David Chaplin - Instructor
David is a BCU Level 2 Coach.
Canoeing at Camp 2020
Canoeing at camp next year at Symonds Yat and the River Wye.
We plan to offer a lot of canoeing activities at next years residential at
Holly Barns, Symonds Yat.
This includes a river trip on the River Wye,
and a chance
to learn some white water skills, including breaking in and out, and ferry
Check back soon for more information and pictures!