How we organise club trips:
LCC trip organisers all using the same system, so that we all know what is expected. Club trip are covered by third party liability through BC affiliation. All guests must sign disclaimer and provide emergency contact details. A form is available on the club forms webpage.
The LCC way is:
- A volunteer organises a trip at a venue of their choice, on date of their choosing.
- Details added to calendar
- Event open to all members who are at suitable level of experience.
- Participants RSVP to trip (maybe RSVP limit) (only member can RSVP)
- Keep an eye on the calendar entry, as there may be comments or questions from members.
- Confirmed details , in red, on previous evening/ early morning of event.
- Co-ordinate trip on the day – Effective communication with participants, facilitate discussion before paddling, as to how the team dynamic will operate for the trip.
- Trip report produced (with pics) to share with non-participants and help advertise club activity.
The organiser should make the calendar entry, to take ownership of the event and so that they can amend details as necessary.
Format for calendar events to include:
PEER / OFFICIAL trip
1. Trip type: river / sea / lake. /canal / social
2. Level of ability : beginner / improver / intermediate / advanced
4. Venue :
5. Meet location / time :
6. Meet to share lifts at:
7. Anything else:
RSVP at least 2 days before the event
Guests by arrangement with organiser, prior to trip only.
Can I organise trip?
The simple answer is yes. Most trips are peer events, some are official.
Official trip: Led by a member with BC award or equivalent and who is listed as approved leader by club. Will include formal leading, coaching or instruction. Leader may be supported by others who are willing to be directed. Maybe a cup of coffee afterwards
Peer trip: This is a group of friends heading out for a paddle. Will not include formal leading, coaching or instruction. It is very likely that there will be other very competent paddlers on trip, many have more experience than the organiser. A fun trip where all look after safety for each other. More experienced paddlers may advise on safety grounds, not paddling a particular rapid / weir /section. Maybe a cup of coffee afterwards.
Social event: Any non paddling event that members are invited to.
Should I organise trip?
It is so good when intended trips are added to the calendar well in advance, so members have time to consider attending.
The club is going through a renaissance at the moment with lots of new member. Since September 2018 we have seen a delightful, swift but unexpected increase in the numbers joining LCC and partaking in river trips.
Some members doing more paddling, people who fancy giving a kayak a go and also experienced paddlers dusting off their old kit, all joining us.
It is great! – come along and paddle!! You are all most welcome. But we need more volunteer organisers to share the load.
Comments from participants on club trips are always supportive and all indicate that there is such appreciation for the event organisers efforts. Organising an event may lift your self-esteem and even improve some life skills. The reality is that only a few are prepared to put their name forward as organisers. Those members that do currently organise events would welcome a wider input to share the load.
|Some say :||So we suggest:|
|Might not be enough rain!||New location at similar level / cancel|
|Might be too much rain!||New location at similar level / cancel|
|Might want to do something else||If we all said this there would be no events|
|I won’t know who is turning up||It will be the usual members that attend, the ones you have paddle with before|
|I am not sure if I can do this||LCC will find a mentor to help you the first few times|
When should I think about organising a trip?
As far in advance as you can, especially for weekend or multi-day trips.
You can add an event at short notice in response to suitable weather forecasts.
What if I need to cancel a trip?
It may be that a trip has to be cancelled due to unfavourable or adverse weather conditions. This is not a problem- Just notify participants by amending the calendar entry.
If there is personal reason, then it is likely that someone else will step forward, so the trip many proceed.
How do I decide which members the trip is suitable for?
We use a system of broad levels for events, Beginner, Improver, Intermediate and Advanced.
This table gives guidance as to the appropriate level for a trip.
|Sea trips||River trips|
|Beginner||Need guidance and coaching at to partake in a trip||Need guidance and coaching at to partake in a trip|
|Improve||You will be confident in undertaking journeys on the sea, in winds up to and including force 3 and/or tides up to 1 Knot, using sea kayaks in tidal or non-tidal environments, with proficient skills to be in control throughout.||Use your skill, judgment and decision making to ensure a successful day on rivers up to grade 2. You will be confident undertaking journeys on moving water with proficient skills to be in control throughout.|
|Intermediate||You have a good understanding of paddling on the sea. You should be confident planning and undertaking journeys on the sea in winds up to and including force 4 and/or tides up to 2 Knots, in a sea kayak or in tidal or non-tidal environments. Your confidence should be based upon both proficiency in skills and a broad appreciation of surroundings and environmental context.||Your judgment, decision making and expertise and requires a good understanding of paddling on grade 3 rivers. You should be confident undertaking journeys on a variety of white water rivers. Your confidence should be based upon both proficiency in skills and a broad appreciation of surroundings and environmental context.|
|Advanced||Your experience will include paddling a wide variety of sea conditions with winds over force 4 and/or tides over 2 Knots, using sea kayaks in tidal or non-tidal environments, where you may make open crossings in excess of 2Nm, as well as travelling along the coastline.||Your experience enables you to make appropriate decisions for safe days out white water paddling on rivers of grade 4(5). As an Advanced White Water Paddler you will have extensive experience of white water rivers. Your experience will include paddling a wide variety of rivers with different flows, volumes and gradients.|
And a list of rivers that we typically, but not exclusively, use:
|Typical LCC trips for levels of paddling ability|
|Lune (Killington Sessions)
Lowther FroM Bampton
Duddon (Below the Bridge)
Derwent (- Longthwaite)
Ingleton Greta form Greta bridge
Lune from Kirkby Lonsdale
|Upper Lune form Tebay
Kent (Burneside → Scoggs Wier)
Lune Confluence downstream
Lune (Killington → Conf)
L’al Langdale Beck
Lowther above Bampton
Keswick Greta (low)
Rawthey – Lower
Duddon middle and lower
Kent Burneside → Scoggs Wier
Hindburn (+ Falls)
Top of Wharfe
Tees Barnard Castle downstream
PenY Gent Gill
Great Langdale Beck