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Welcome to Baldock and District Canoe Club (BDCC)

 

We are a canoe club, who enjoy everything from gentle afternoon paddles through slalom to white water - and have our own canoe polo team. We mostly paddle kayaks, but also enjoy open Canadian canoes.



Benefits

 

We run pool sessions, year round, every Sunday at 8:00pm at North Herts Leisure Centre, Baldock Road, Letchworth - the pool is heated. A selection of kayaks and paddles is available at every session.


Club members organise a variety of paddles throughout the year. This normally includes a coaching trip to North Wales, and trips to Dartmoor and local quieter rivers.


Members may borrow club boats, at no cost, on short-term loans.


Prior to Covid we held several social events through the year. Hopefully this will resume.


Interested? Please get in touch. 



New Members

 

We welcome new experienced adult members. Either demonstrate competence with a British Canoeing award issued within the last 5 years, or contact us to undergo a safety assessment. Find the Skills Requirement here.


All members are expected to contribute to making the club a success.


Beginners

 

Unfortunately we are not able to welcome beginners at the current time. We hope we will be able to start our highly popular Beginner's Courses again soon.


Juniors

 

We do not have a Junior section, but club members are welcome to bring along and supervise their own children. 


Costs

 

Pool session cost:

£7 per adult member

£5 per junior member


Membership cost:

£65 - adult

£40 - unwaged

£105 - Single Parent Family

£130 - Two Parent Family 

£15 - Joining Fee in first year only



Visiting

 

Would you like to try it out before deciding?

Come along and meet us at the next Sunday pool session and have a paddle, but please CONTACT US beforehand so we can ensure there is someone to welcome you. As a non-member the charge will be £14 per adult, or £10 per junior, with a maximum of 4 visits at this price.



Local River Trips

 

Our home base is surrounded, at some distance, by quiet gentle rivers with a few weirs to play on.


  • Ivel Navigation. Get on at Jordan's Mill and paddle upstream until the lock, do not attempt to go down any of the disused locks, then return to start. Very gentle and quiet.
  • Hertford Loop. Get on near Sainsbury's, then down the Lee through two-step, a great place for practicing skills designed by Hertford Canoe Club. Go up the canal to return to start. Optionally go up to Castle Weir and enjoy the tunnel.
  • River Ivel. The get on point is now more difficult to access due. This is route has some weirs mostly rather easy.
  • Great Ouse
  • More to come.



Club Policies

 

We take your, and our, safety very seriously. Canoeing is a sport with inherent risks which you need to acknowledge, understand and mitigate through effective learning. You will need to adhere to our Club Policies whether a member or not if involved with BDCC in any way.



Covid-19


Paddling opportunities are currently limitied with priority given to existing members.