On Wednesday evenings from September round to June you will find us at Calday Trust Pool at the end of Gourleys Lane in West Kirby. In the summer months we meet on Wednesday evenings at the Sandy lane, Chester. Times are from 6.30pm.

“The Pool” is the main meeting place for the Club and the starting place for nearly all paddlers. Club members who are also British Canoe Union, (BCU) qualified coaches supervise pool sessions. Coaches give their time and expertise on a voluntary basis and are always willing to help and encourage new paddlers of all ages. If you want some more coaching, simply ask.

Sessions are relatively informal. However we do have a set of “Pool Rules” that sets out the level of behaviour we expect and how pool sessions are run. This is available to all members and can be found on the Club web site at http://www.peninsulacanoeclub.org.uk/

You should arrive 10-15 minutes before your session allowing sufficient time to change into your pool clothes (typically swimming kit and T-shirt.) The Club provides boat, paddle and all other necessary equipment.

Typically there are three main sessions at the pool:

Beginners 8.00pm – 8.40pm
£60.00 course fee plus Membership for a 10-week course – Paid in advance.
The first session is a 12-week course designed to meet the criteria for PaddlePower 1 (for young people) or to bring adult beginners up to BCU 1 Star awards standard. During the course there will be additional sessions to allow you to test your newly acquired skills in a safe outside environment. Adults and Youth members are taught in different groups. By the time members have completed the 12-week course, they are ready to move on to the second session.

Intermediates 8.40pm – 9.20pm
£4 members – Paid in advance
Typically in the second session paddlers are split into two or three groups each working on some skill they wish to work on that week. These include turning, rolling, support strokes, rescue techniques and freestyle. You can work towards the BCU Pool Skills Awards. No free play is allowed during session 2.

Advanced 9.20pm – 10.00pm
£4 members – Paid in advance
The third session is reserved for  more experienced paddlers and free play is allowed. Advanced coaching is available covering such skills as reverse screw rolling, handling open canoes, sea kayaks and freestyle.

Places on sessions 2 and 3 may be booked in blocks of three, but you may not make another booking until the third of your pre-booked sessions. Occasionally Wednesday evening sessions are reserved for specialist coaching and tuition, but you will be informed well in advance.

Non-members are allowed to attend pool sessions but only if there are spare places that members do not wish to fill. However, non-members can only use the pool for 3 sessions in each year – after that you have to join the club. This is to comply with our Insurance Policy.