What we do

Our members participate in White Water River running, lake trips, surfing, play boating, Canadian canoeing, slalom, supporting long distance swims, and sea paddling.

Based on the British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards which are designed to develop enjoyment, safety and skills for those new to paddle sport, we will encourage and support you on your lifetime journey into paddle sports. Utilising the beautiful river Eden in Carlisle and additionally in winter a nice warm swimming pool to practice skills and learn to roll.

Regular sessions

·        April to September: 2 hour sessions on the River Eden at the Sands Centre on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6.00pm to 8.00pm (meeting at the club at about 5.30pm)

·        October to March: normally a 2 hour session on the River Eden at the Sands Centre on Saturday morning, 10.00pm to 12 noon (meeting at the club at about 9.45am), occasional sessions on a Sunday, plus indoor sessions on a Thursday evening at Trinity Pool Leisure Centre, 8.15pm to 9.15pm (meeting at the pool at about 8.00pm), for which a small additional charge of £4.00 per session is made.

Outdoor winter sessions are subject to variation, depending upon river levels, demand, and the availability of coaches. The best place for members to find up-to-date information about imminent sessions is on the members' Facebook page (not open to non-members)

Development Programme Sessions

New Paddlers

·         Paddle Start sessions are run twice per month, depending on demand,

·        Your first time on the water. This is for you !  

A 2-hour fun and practical session, introducing you to paddle sport.

·        Experience your first session on the water; learning useful skills for an enjoyable paddling experience. It aims to provide you with the basic knowledge to enable you to safely get in and out of your boat, make it move and return to your start point. This is your first step into the world of paddling, ensuring you feel safe, confident and ready to learn new skills.

  • Clothing and equipment information, think of it like a crash course in everything you need to physically get yourself on the water, covering all the types of equipment you’ll need
  • Tips for getting on the water including how to get safely in and out of your canoe or kayak from different places you are likely to paddle
  • Learn to paddle with practical skills such as paddling forward, turning and stopping… pretty much everything you need to get started and moving
  • Staying safe on and off the water, you’ll learn about how to stay safe and make the most out of your paddle session.

What’s next?
Enjoy your first session?
Following on from your first session you will be encouraged to attend further evening sessions as a member of our club, letting you practice, gain more confidence on the water, join in the paddling games, discuss with coaches your own wants and needs as you learn more paddle skills.


Sessions are run between April and September (summer season).

Two 2 hour sessions per week.  The British Canoeing Paddle Discover sessions are aimed at developing your fundamental skills and decision making. These are further developed through Paddle Explore sessions, positioning you to pursue specific paddle sport Awards if you wish

October – March (winter season):

  • normally a Saturday morning session on the river (not necessarily with formal coaching),
  • opportunity to practice in a warm local pool and learn to roll on Thursday evenings
  • Club river trips tend to take place in winter when the levels are higher, and are used to improve skills or just have fun.

 Club lake trips are arranged from time to time on Ullswater and Derwent water, usually during the summer, sometimes ending with a barbecue on the lakeshore. These can be an opportunity to try out unfamiliar craft in safe and sheltered conditions - e.g.' an open boat or sea kayak.

Surfing trips are arranged on an occasional basis when conditions look promising, usually on the north east coast

Courses are open to all over age 10 who can swim 50 metres in light clothing

Please see the section Getting Started for more information.

Recent club trips have included:

·        the Alps

·        the Treweryn in Wales

·        Scottish rivers, including the Esk, Etive, Orchy, Roy, Spean, Tay and Spey

·        Caldew, Eden, Gelt, Greta, Liddle, Lowther, Swale and the Lune

·        The Great Glen

·        Farne Islands, Skye, Raasay, Summer Isles, Colonsay

·        Ullswater, Derwent water and other Northern Lakes

Some of these trips are club events and some are arranged between members. To understand the difference between such events please follow link to a short article


Please note that for members without transport of their own, lifts can usually be arranged for club trips in exchange for a contribution towards the cost of fuel (not always required).