Poole Harbour Canoe Club is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation - Registration # 1152531
If you would like to organise something please let Jenni know and she will help you to get in touch with people who can help if you need it, or to send out the email to the club.
Some opportunities to do some challenges may present themselves on a Wednesday evening once we are back at lake pier, again look for the challenge logo and come along and have some fun.
Obviously some of the challenge trips will require paddlers to be of a certain standard, but hopefully everyone will get the chance to progress their own paddling throughout the year and join in where appropriate.
If you would like to see any other discipline in these challenges that may have been overlooked please feel free to make a suggestion.
These challenges will all be part of organised club trips, and events, you will recognise which qualify for the challenges by the challenge logo appearing on the email advertising the event or trip.
There will obviously be more challenges later in the year- some including aspects of Greenland rolling.
Short boat challenge moving water Bronze
Ferry glide across medium river flow, perform 'S' turns in flow (organised club trip on local river)
Take part in a rock hopping trip (organised club trip)
Paddle a grade 2/3 river (organised club trip)
Sea kayak challenge
Paddle to the furthest points of the harbour -North, South, East, West (series of lead club trips)
Paddle a stretch of the Dorset
coastline ( organised club trip)
Make an open water crossing (say to the Isle of Wight)organised club trip)
Slalom course challenge
(on moving water)
Complete a slalom course on flat water
Complete a slalom course on moving water (location TBC) eg. the Barle at Dulverton ? or Langham Farm ?
Will need organising with other clubs
Compete in a slalom race
Fitness challenge - For the ergo, a standard distance of 500m
setting 1 - 5 minutes.
setting 3 - 4 minutes
setting 5 - 3 minutes
Racing boat challenge ( pre arranged on Saturday mornings)
Distance - paddle from pontoon to Town Bridge and back (@300 metres) - no time limit. Balance - Hold paddles at shoulder height for 10 secs.
Distance - paddle from Pontoon Round Island (@1k) - no time limit. Balance - hold paddles above head for 10 secs. Skill - get in and out of a k boat properly - taking into account any physical limitations.
Distance - paddle 3 k circuit in under 25 minutes. Hold paddles at shoulder height - bounce boat whilst smiling.( not sure I (Bill J) can do the last bit but our juniors can )
Open boat challenge flat water
Paddle in a straight line
Learn 6 paddle strokes, be able to steer a course around obstacles
Learn canoe ballet
Open boat challenge moving water
Ferry glide solo across medium river flow, perform 'S' turns in flow(local river)
Paddle a grade 2 river - solo or tandem (organised club trip)
Do a white water safety & rescue
course specifically for canoes (club
organised training - or official BCU one)
Coracle (ish) challenge (organised weekend)
Paddle a 'coracle' across the River Stour at Wimborne without falling in
Paddle a 'coracle' – point A to point B
Race a 'coracle' from point A to point B
Take part in a polo session at Ferndown pool.
Form a team with your friends and take on other teams for a games evening …….. also referee one game
Take part in a polo match against another club - or- Do an official referee course
Surf challenge (organised club surf days as conditions allow)
1 foot waves. Surf the soup pointing towards the beach - no bongo slides.
2 foot waves. Change direction twice on face of a wave & exit over dying wave.
3 foot waves. Take off on green face. Complete a bottom turn and a top turn.
Organisation of a trip or event
Organise a short club trip - you don't have to be the trip leader, look at tides/ water levels etc, arrange safety cover and experienced paddlers as necessary
Organise a club paddling weekend - you don't have to be the leader on the water, just organise and ask leaders and experienced paddlers to provide safety cover and lead on the water
Gold Take on a role within the club, or organise a club event
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