Club Pathway

We would like to introduce our Club and Centre Pathway! As a club we try and give our paddlers as much opportunity to go paddling and have come up with a pathway that you can hopefully follow. It looks at and highlights what we have on our doorstep so in Llandysul we have a great pool so lots of pool sessions, a great river that is ideal for intro to paddling and slalom and some great rivers for leadership and exploring. The Sea is great and not too far from us so we try and get out in the summer months but for those looking for more sea adventures we would advise linking in with Cardigan Bay Sea Kayakers as they go out all year. We hope this helps with your paddler progression. If you have any questions or ideas for the club just drop us an email – bpaddlers@aol.com

Llandysul Paddlers Club Pathway Stage 1- Introduction to Paddle sports – Indoors at Calon Tysul  – Pool sessions are a great way to introduce paddle sports and water confidence to beginners or people wanting to come in and have a go. Being inside in a safe warm environment provides the first step into the Paddlers Club Pathway. Details of when we offer these sessions can be found below. All these sessions are run by our team of instructors at Llandysul Paddlers.

Monday Night Sessions – 7pm – 8pm – Introduction Session Fun session covering all aspects from water confidence, paddling games, getting safely in and out a boat, team work and intro to rolling. 8pm – 9pm – Adult/ Advanced Session. Looking to tailor to a more mature audience but juniors welcome. Looking at developing skills listed above as well as more advanced rolling and paddling skills.

Saturday Sessions – 12.30 – 1.30pm – Ladies only session #GIRLPOWER Very similar to the Introduction sessions we run on a Monday night but for girls/ladies only. 1.30 – 2.30pm – Club pool session. Pool Session offered to all our club paddlers and new paddlers aimed at providing a fun session for all.

Stage 2 – Outdoors Lake and river sessions Lake and river sessions are the next in your paddling journey. Here you learn to use all the skills you’ve learned in the pool and apply them to the great outdoors. At Llandysul paddlers we have our own lake on site which provides a safe environment to learn more skills and experience different boats and types of paddling. It’s here where we offer 2 different routes to progress down. Session times and activity days listed below.

Canoe SlalomCanoe slalom is a fantastic competitive discipline and the Olympic pathway we support at Llandysul paddlers. Over the years we have produced multiple Welsh and British champions and team members and have one of the best slalom programs in the UK. If you are interested in going down this route sessions are listed below. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday Sessions 4.30pm – 5.30pm These sessions are coach lead and are run on the lake to start with before progressing to the river to build your slalom skills. Racing and club trips are also available when you feel ready to test your skills!

*New for 2019 Slalom School* Details to follow soon.

Recreational – Our Recreational pathway covers multiple disciplines and experiences for all to try. From open boating to white water paddling we have a wealth of knowledge on offer. Recreation activities are generally more group and social experiences catering to all levels and ages.

Club Days Wednesday 5.30 – 7.30pm (April – October) Saturday 9.30 – 11.30am (All year round) Instructor lead and looking to develop your skills on the lake before moving onto the river Teifi which flows beside the center. These days are great for deciding which craft/boat you’d like to try and having a fun friendly atmosphere to explore/ experience this in.

Adventure club Monday 10 – 1pm Adventure club caters for kids who are home educated and are looking for a fun few hours to learn new skills and have amazing experiences with the water sports activities we have to offer here at Llandysul paddlers.

Club Trips – Club trips are offered throughout the year and generally run either on a Saturday or a Sunday depending on availability. These offer a great way to experience and explore new rivers once you feel comfortable with your paddling skills. Instructor lead and always great fun for all.

Stage 3 – Leadership/Awards Recognition Throughout your journey you may find yourself looking to expand your knowledge within a discipline, gain recognition for your skills within a chosen class or learn valuable safety skills to ensure you always operate safely and are prepared to deal with every scenario you may encounter on the river.  At this stage we offer 3 routes which we can guide you down at the Paddlers all under the British canoeing courses we run throughout the year.

Leadership awards These are awards centred around learning how to instruct and understanding the principals behind what we use as COACHES or PADDLESPORTS LEADERS. These qualifications are also useful if you aspire to work in the outdoors industry and open a whole world of opportunity’s and experience to explore.

Personal Performance Awards The NEW Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they have chosen. We offer a whole host of awards which can all be run from the paddlers.

Safety Safety on a river or on sheltered water can never be taken lightly. We offer a wide variety of courses for all your watersports and first aid needs.

Additional Information. Club contacts

Recreational Coaches
Lead Recreational Coaches
Paul Taylor – dpaddlers@aol.com
Gareth Bryant – bpaddlers@aol.com – 07900570440                     

Slalom Performance Coaches
Gareth Bryant – bpaddlers@aol.com – 07900570440
Adam Johnstone – ajohnstonec1@gmail.com
Junior Development Coaches Hannah Clements – hannahclem1@aol.com
Lead Recreational Coaches Paul Taylor – dpaddlers@aol.com

First aid courses
James Bowen – bpaddlers@aol.com
For all courses and awards related to Stage 3 contact
Paul Taylor – dpaddlers@aol.com

Memberships and costs
No Membership: £5pp every session (inc all Recreational, slalom or pool session
Basic Membership: Junior (U18) £1pp a month direct debit. 50% of all club sessions. Senior £2pp a month direct debit. 50% of all club sessions. Family £4 a month direct debit. 50% of all club sessions.
Gold Membership: £10pp a month direct debit. Free access to all club sessions. Discounted Club trips + 10% Outdoor kit 4 U Family £15 a month direct debt. Free access to all club sessions. Discounted Club trips + 10% Outdoor kit 4 U

Annual Trips & Events
Llandysul Division 1 Slalom – March 9th and 10th
Llandysul Division 4 Slalom – March 9th and 10th
Llandysul paddlers river fest – August 14th – 18th 2019
France Trip – August 20th -30th 2019
Llandysul Division 1 slalom October 12th and 13th
Llandysul Division 4 Slalom October 12th and 13th
Teifi Tour – Always the Last weekend in October