The club runs a trip every weekend, usually on Sundays. Trips can range from whitewater, surf kayaking or even a chill paddle to the pub! Sign ups for trips open on Mondays and confirmations are sent out on Thursdays. No matter what the activity is, trips are open to everyone of any ability as long as you’ve completed a deck test at one of our pool sessions and have a membership!
Our whitewater trips usually take us up onto Dartmoor to paddle the River Dart ‘Loop’ which is a great way to see some of Dartmoor’s beautiful scenery as well as developing your paddling skills! A surf kayaking trip gives you the opportunity to visit Devon’s stunning coastline while shredding some waves. Pub paddles are a great way to meet people and develop your paddling on flat water, rewarded by a pit stop at the Double Locks pub in Exeter. We also make regular trips up to Cardiff International White Water Centre. This is an artificial whitewater course and is the perfect place for learning new skills.
As well as a trip every weekend, the club also holds several weekend long trips. The first of these is our Freshers Bude Surf Kayaking trip. As this is held early on in Term 1 it’s a great way to meet the club and get to know the people with whom you’ll be sharing many more adventures! Another weekend trip offered by the club is our annual South Wales trip. Staying in a cosy bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons, this is the perfect whitewater trip for beginners as well as experienced paddlers!
Of course, the club’s main trip of the year is the famous Alps trip! This trip is the one everyone is looking forward to and preparing for all year round. Offering two weeks in two different countries, brilliant rivers with stunning scenery and immaculate vibes, the Alps trip is a main event in the EUCC calendar. Spending two weeks kayaking around Europe is a
rare opportunity and something the club prides itself in offering to our members!
The main competitive aspect within the EUCC is a kayaking discipline called canoe polo. While a very niche sport, with the best description being ‘basketball but played in kayaks’, it is a big part of the canoe club and a great way to develop your paddling skills.
The club has a ‘freshers’ team for anyone new to the sport as well as a ladies and open team for those with a bit more experience. The club offers up to four polo training sessions per week, including Wednesday afternoon beginners sessions. These are all run down at Exeter Quay,
which conveniently is also the location of many cafes for a post-polo coffee!
Exeter is part of the South West University Polo League or ‘SWUPL’. Several Saturdays per term, all three of Exeter’s teams travel up to the Bristol docks to play against universities such as Cardiff, Bath, Bristol, Swansea and Southampton. These matches carry on throughout Term 1 and 2, with the SWUPL final being held towards the end of March. In
2023, all three of Exeter’s teams ended up in the top 5 in the South West! SWUPL is also a very social event and a great way to meet paddlers from different universities.
As well as weekend trips away, the EUCC also offers weekend canoe polo competitions! These are mainly held in Cardiff or Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham and involve a fun weekend of polo matches and socials with other universities. One of the weekend polo competitions Exeter attends is our annual BUCS tournament! This is held around April time
at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham. In 2023, Exeter’s open team won their first BUCS Canoe Polo points and we’re hoping to bring home some more in 2024!