Canoeing

Open canoeing

Falcon’s Canoe Section is a small part of the club with a great enthusiasm for getting out and exploring the local waters of Oxfordshire and beyond.  This includes short evening trips from the club, longer day trips at the weekend and plans for a weekend trip or two either camping on the Thames, Wye or other river.
We’re always happy to have new members, either with previous paddling experience or beginners who want to learn to canoe in a safe and friendly environment.  We’re also keen to encourage families to join us either on our shorter evening sessions or longer day and weekend trips.
 
PEER-LED CANOEING GROUPS
People come together to form peer-led canoeing groups at Falcon because they share a common experience or interest in paddlesports, want to share experiences, socialise and form friendships. Groups and sessions form and change according to the members’ needs. Group members have equal status and aim to be equally involved in all aspects of a session or journey. The aim is for each person to have the opportunity to receive support and assistance as well as to offer support to others. This reciprocal approach to strength the group bond, enhance members’ confidence and self-esteem whilst creating a relaxed, fun atmosphere where all can enjoy their canoeing session.
When available, Falcon coaches will join the canoeing group to share their skills and assist with the running of sessions.
 
TUESDAY EVENINGS – ADULT RECREATIONAL AND SKILLS SESSIONS
Falcon's main regular open canoeing sessions take place on Tuesday evenings. From mid-April through to mid-October, we meet at the Falcon Boathouse at 5.45 pm ready for a 6.00 pm paddle. We’re generally out for approximately 2 hours exploring local rivers and backwaters or developing our paddling skills.
Sessions are peer-led that is groups of adult canoeists of all abilities take part in local journeys or work together to further develop their canoeing and canoe rescue skills. When available, Club coaches will join the canoeing group to share their skills and assist with the running of sessions.
 
ADVANCE NOTICE OPEN CANOE SESSIONS START TUESDAY 24th APRIL 2018.
Please arrive at 5.45pm each Tuesday so that we can be on the water by 6pm.
First session (conditions permitting) - a recreational adventure trail up the Hinksey stream way with a brief refreshment stop at a pub before a night-time return paddle. Please bring, headtorches and tape to attach them to your boat, warm clothing and money.
 
TRIPS AND JOURNEYS
On occasions, trips and journeys further afield are organised. These can be half-day, whole-day or   whole evening events sometimes taking in a pub en route or ending up at a local hostelry.
 
ADVANCE NOTICE TUESDAY 1st MAY 2018 – MAY DAY DAWN PADDLE 
Early morning May Day row, scull, punt, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, sit on top to Magdalene Bridge to join in the dawn celebration of May Day 2018.
Arrive at Falcon Boathouse 5.15am ish and be ready to leave Falcon by 5.30am in time to arrive at Magdalen Bridge by 5.50am. 
The May Day Service starts at 6am. Bring fortifying refreshments and appropriate clothing. You should be back at Falcon at approximately 7am.
 

The Canoe Coaches

Jen Clough jen.clough@btinternet.com 07923 614387
Doug Staff dickstaff@btopenworld.com 07706 628064
Philip Sowden paddler69@outlook.com 07967 971258
Mike Tadman tads64@gmail.com 0757 0101211