We normally paddle from the harbour in club sessions from April sometime to September till it is too dark at 8pm to paddle safely. Wednesdays are the club training nights when courses are run for a variety of abilities. Start dates will usually be published around the second half of March and someotimes sooner. We usually have tea/coffee, a bacon butty and perhaps cake afterwards along with a bit of craic if you have Irish blood and a good chat otherwise ! 

We are active all year round incuding running winter pool sessions for warm water practice !

It’s not essential to roll, but we try to enable all who want to !

For 2024 only winter dates are set at the moment, so talk to the training officer at training@haylecanoeclub.co.uk and take a look at Facebook and the What’s On page here.

If you haven’t paddled before and want to give it a try, we run a beginners course – Discover – fairly early in the season and maybe another one later. If you have paddled before but not with us, we do ask you to come for a paddle with a coach first so we can recommend a course or membership as appropriate. The harbour is mostly very safe but there are hazards members need to be aware of and it is very different environment to the average lake or canal, and we do want to keep you happily paddling with us undamaged !

We do sometimes paddle informally on a Friday night and there is often a Saturday or Sunday session, and in fact there is often someone to paddle with most days of the week once you are a member and if you are sufficiently experienced. These sessions are not organised coached events, more an opportunity for a bunch of pals to go paddling, and may or may not happen ! There may or may not be a coach present but there is always peer learning, progression, and fun available. Paddlers must be at least Explore ability level. Talk to a coach if you are unsure, and keep an eye on Facebook or chat to us on a Wednesday.

Please note – anybody attending accepts that they paddle at their own risk. Regrettably junior paddlers should not attend unless under the supervision of a competent paddling adult.

All sessions outside of the formal courses may involve anything from paddling round the harbour, a visit to the surf, learning to ride the standing wave in the Carnsew Pool sluice, longer sea trips (maybe St Ives and back with an ice cream in the middle), rolling practice or a mix of activities. These are usually decided on the night by those present with the conditions in mind as well as who wants what !

We do also do some river and other trips away from base at various times including the winter, so it’s worth joining us on Facebook to stay up to date with news and events. Many of us paddle at various times in and around the harbour, so join us, there is often something going on !

Most of this can be found on the calendar on the Whats On page !

If we don’t seem to do something you want, ask us !