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Top Club Gold Canoeing and Kayaking

Main Aims of Liverpool Canoe Club

Liverpool Canoe Club was formed in 2008 and is an “Open” canoe and kayak club accepting members from every age group and all walks of life. Its aim is to promote paddling opportunities for all its members.

Liverpool Canoe Club is an open club which welcomes new members of all abilities. We are a voluntary club that is run by members to promote paddling opportunities and share knowledge and skills with other paddlers. We arrange coaching and trips regularly in the hope that those who benefit will, in time, organise similar paddling for all.

Membership fees cover the minimal costs of the club. LCC is run for its members by its members.

Liverpool Canoe Club is the largest on Merseyside and is affiliated to British Canoeing. As a full member you are covered by the clubs 3rd party liability insurance while paddling with us and enjoy free access to our fleet of boats and home waters in Liverpool Docks during the summer months (Club nights only).

During the winter nights we are based at Kingsway Leisure Centre where members have free use of clubs fleet of boats and equipment (a pool fee is payable).

We have many experienced paddlers and a large team of very well qualified British Canoeing coaches in the club

A Brief History of the Club

Several keen Merseyside paddlers met at the West Cheshire Sailing Club on Sunday 26th October 2008. Justine Curenven was promoting her latest DVD, This is the sea 4 and Reckless Elbow where playing live and selling CDs. We decided to form a new canoe and kayak club based on the ability to contact each other and arrange paddling opportunities. There would be no need to form committees or organise meetings about meetings. We would just arrange paddles and share knowledge and information with each other. The club would be free to join and open to all interested in paddlesport. Running costs and administration would be kept to a minimum. (The orginial 7, Steven Bond, Kirk Williams, Alison Bell, Ian Bell, Brian Green, Keith Steer and Mike Alter)

As a full member of the club you are covered for third party liability while paddling with the club. If trips or sessions are advertised, individuals will need to make sure that they are suitably experienced for the trip or event. The coordinator should be able to give some guidance and all events will have maximum numbers. If members require advice or further guidance then they should use the clubs messaging system to ask for advice from a club coach or experienced paddler. Under 18`s must be supervised by an adult or guardian while paddling (this may be from the bank or coffee bar at the Marina club)

In 2008 we held our first sea kayaking expedition to Alaska, in 2009 saw members paddling the Chapleau and Nemogosenda Rivers(Canada) in open boats. in 2010 we returned to Prince William sound to cross to Valdez. In 2012 the Club ran is third expedition to Alaska and saw 9 members paddle over 200 miles over to Knight Island and the glaciers around Icy Bay and Nassau Fjord.

Each year the club runs a trip to the French Alps for two weeks of Alpine paddling. Numerous courses are organised for members (both internal and externally). We are one of the most active clubs in the country with over a 150 trips and paddles a year.

In December 2013 the club was awarded Top Club Gold Status, one of the few clubs in the country to achieve this prestigious Award. We have been judged to have achieved the highest standards in: The Activity Programme Duty of Care and Safeguarding and Protecting Children Sports Equity and Ethics Club Management.

Liverpool Canoe Club prides itself on catering for all its Members` canoeing interests and requirements. We aim to provide the maximum canoeing and kayaking opportunities for all our members.