NEW TO THE CLUB?
PaddlePlus is a members club open to the whole community. We're here for people who love paddling!
But how do you know you'll love us without committing to a full years membership?
Take out a Taster Membership and find out what all the fuss is about!
We welcome younger members, but Taster Memberships are for those aged 8 and above. We do allow smaller children to attend normal sessions with a parent or guardian in the same boat, but ask that just the parent or guardian to attend first.
HOW DO TASTER MEMBERSHIPS WORK?
Taster Memberships last for 2 weeks and give you access to any of our club sessions at no further cost.
They're £15 per person and you get 5 tokens (worth £5) to spend on a full membership if you decide to commit to full membership.
We highly recommend that for your first session you attend one of our Introductory Sessions. You can find these in our club calendar flagged in yellow with the word INTRO. These sessions have dedicated instructors to support you on your first time at the club.
If you've paddled before and are confident in a boat, then you are welcome to make your first session with PP any available session. However, please note that there may not a be a dedicated instructor to help you find a suitable boat. If you're at all unsure, make your first session an INTRO session.
We advise that you ensure your Taster Membership starts on the day of your INTRO session so that you can maximise it's use.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT AN INTRO SESSION?
On arrival, once checked in, you will be given instructions on what facilities are available and told where to meet your Instructor or Coach.
From there we'll help you get kitted up, find you an appropriate boat, paddle and buoyancy aid to keep you safe.
Once on the water, you can expect a short journey and some games to get you comfortable in your craft, before returning to the site to put your kit away.
Throughout your session there will be plenty of time for questions and we'll tell you everything you need to know to get started with PaddlePlus.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Dress appropriately for the weather
Wear insulating layers - synthetic thermals, fleeces and gym kit (non-cotton) are ideal as they are lightweight and dry quickly - several thin layers are better than one thick coat
A wetsuit can form part of this insulation, but fleeces and thermals are normally more comfortable, wetsuits are designed to keep you warm when submerged in water
A waterproof/windproof outer layer to keep the wind off and prevent splashes is great
Wear old lightweight trainers or plimsolls, nothing bulky
Keep laces short
Dig out those neoprene booties you bought at the beach last summer!
Wear a hat in the colder months
Bring a towel and a change of clothes for after the session (We have showers at LOPC)
WEAR JEANS – they soak up water and become heavy when wet.
HOW DO I REGISTER AND BOOK A SESSION?
Visit our Members Area to register your membership, then you'll be able to book your sessions.
During busy times we may need to operate a waiting list, either to join or for specific sessions.
If you or your child have any additional needs, such as a physical disability or special educational needs, don't worry - it's likely we can still facilitate your Taster Membership. Please give us a heads up on the booking form, or contact one of our Welfare Officers in advance for a chat.
ELF AND SAFETY
What do the PaddlePlus elves say about staying safe on your Intro Session?
Just like cabin crew - your Instructors are there for your safety as well as ensuring you have fun and make you drinks - so listen up!
Always wash your hands after your session as nasty bugs live in and around the water. No one wants an upset tummy
If you can, store your valuables in the car, or leave them with your friends or relatives on the bank
If you take valuables such as phones on the water, this at your own risk - the elves can't guarantee a replacement for Christmas if it gets wet. They have the same global supply issues as the rest of us!
Above all - have a fun time