Welcome to Exeter University Canoe Club!
Here you’ll find loads of information about what we do and what we have planned. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, then why not come meet us during term time at one of our pool sessions (Mon, Wed 20:00- 22:00 at St. Luke’s pool), or message our social channels. Read on to get a quick taste of the club.
As a group of predominantly white-water kayakers, whether you’re a complete beginner (and have never heard of the sport before) or a bit of a pro that already has experience in canoeing or kayaking, we warmly invite you to come and join us for a paddle.
Here at Exeter, we partake in white water paddling, canoe polo, wild-water racing, slalom and surf kayaking; mainly for fun but also competitively so there are plenty of different ways to get involved! We compete in BUCS competitions in polo, slalom and wild water racing, providing opportunity to compete for Exeter against paddlers from across the country.
We run trips every weekend to various locations (usually in the South West, Dartmoor, Exmoor, coastline etc), which are usually aimed at beginners or people new to kayaking. These trips often increase in difficulty during the year but don’t worry, our safety team will make sure you’re always safe on the river. Once a term (and sometimes more), we head further afield to paddle some other rivers the UK has to offer – Polzeath, South Wales, North Wales, Lake District. This provides opportunity to stretch your paddling but also get to know your fellow paddlers and enjoy a weekend away. Each June we run a trip to the Alps which is arguably one of the annual highlights. This provides the opportunity to experience paddling on alpine rivers as well as marvel at some stunning alpine scenery!
Our socials run every Thursday and usually include a theme, ranging from boozy socials to sober ones – inclusivity and a supportive, friendly atmosphere underpin everything we do.
**Most socials include free entry and queue jump to Unit 1 on a Thursday**
We offer all the coaching and instruction that you’ll need to take part safely on the river (or in the surf). This is delivered 1:1 at our weekly pool sessions held at St Luke’s pool on Mondays and Wednesdays 8pm-10pm. Pool sessions are completely optional – we appreciate you might have a busy schedule at uni, but the more time you put in the bigger improvement you will see! We also subsidize professionally-run external courses and qualifications from British Canoeing approved coaches, allowing our members to progress and gain qualifications.
With the region containing some of the best white-water and surf in the country, you’d be crazy not to come and give it a go!