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Skills Pool Session

Monday 19th November 2018 19:40 at Mill house leisure Centre, Hartlepool

Meet at the boathouse for 19:40, to load the boats onto cars and drive to Hartlepool. 

The session is 21:00-22:00 and you can expect to be back in Durham for around 22:45. 

Please bring swimwear, and a towel (and t-shirt/shorts/leggings to wear on top in the pool if you want). The cost for these sessions is £5.

In this session you will be taught general kayaking skills, play games and have fun in the warmth of a swimming pool with our trained coaches -- one of the best sessions of the week to come to if you're a beginner, or if you want to work on improving any of your kayaking skills.

This is also a chance for  more experienced members to come and practice their coaching or freestyle paddling, so there's something for everyone!

Climbing social

Tuesday 20th November 2018 19:00 at Durham Climbing Centre or Newcastle

Let\'s go have a play at something we\'re bad at.

£11 inc. shoe hire.

Wednesday River Wear Session

Wednesday 21st November 2018 13:00 at River Wear - Maiden Castle Boathouse

Weekly Wednesday Wear Wander

Every Wednesday there is river session in which you learn general kayaking skills. This session offers great preparation for weekend river trips, and generally helps increase your confidence and comfort in your boat for any type of paddling from white-water to polo. 

Meet at the boathouse at 13:00
Bring clothes that are warm and that can get wet (not cotton) and a change of clothes for after the session. 

Wednesday Strength and Conditioning

Wednesday 21st November 2018 15:00 at Maiden Castle Gym

Looking for extra power and control of your boat or just interested in staying fit? Join the strength and conditioning session happening every Wednesday. No experience is needed but you will gain most from these sessions if you commit to them regularly.

Meet at 15:00 in Maiden Castle Reception. 

Bring: Indoor/gym work-out clothes. 

Wednesday Barrage Session

Wednesday 21st November 2018 16:00 at Tees Barrage

This is the weekly session for paddling on harder whitewater and practising skills for rivers or freestyle. It takes place at the Tees Barrage in Stockton, which has a variety of features as well as a cafe and changing rooms with hot showers.

Meet at the boat house at 4pm to get kit and boats. You'll need to bring suitable warm clothes and a towel. The Barrage has its own cost of £9.50 and the petrol is usually under £5 depending on numbers.

If you haven't attended a Barrage session previously, please speak to Connor before signing up.

Thursday Canoe polo session

Thursday 22nd November 2018 19:40 at Dolphin centre, Darlington

We meet at 19:40 at the maiden castle boathouse, load boats and kit onto cars and drive to Darlington. The session runs from 21:00-22:00. We then drive home and pack away the kit, where we will expect to be finished at about 22:45

Please bring swimwear a towel and also  a short sleeved t-shirt or lycra rash-vest, the cost for these sessions are £5

Canoe polo is a fun team ball sport in kayaks, during the session we practice basic paddling and passing in polo boats to full attack and defense set ups, so there's plenty to do if you are a beginner or a pro looking to practice for the next tournament.

Skills Pool Session

Monday 26th November 2018 19:40 at Mill house leisure Centre, Hartlepool

Meet at the boathouse for 19:40, to load the boats onto cars and drive to Hartlepool. 

The session is 21:00-22:00 and you can expect to be back in Durham for around 22:45. 

Please bring swimwear, and a towel (and t-shirt/shorts/leggings to wear on top in the pool if you want). The cost for these sessions is £5.

In this session you will be taught general kayaking skills, play games and have fun in the warmth of a swimming pool with our trained coaches -- one of the best sessions of the week to come to if you're a beginner, or if you want to work on improving any of your kayaking skills.

This is also a chance for  more experienced members to come and practice their coaching or freestyle paddling, so there's something for everyone!

Wednesday River Wear Session

Wednesday 28th November 2018 13:00 at River Wear - Maiden Castle Boathouse

Weekly Wednesday Wear Wander

Every Wednesday there is river session in which you learn general kayaking skills. This session offers great preparation for weekend river trips, and generally helps increase your confidence and comfort in your boat for any type of paddling from white-water to polo. 

Meet at the boathouse at 13:00
Bring clothes that are warm and that can get wet (not cotton) and a change of clothes for after the session. 

Wednesday Strength and Conditioning

Wednesday 28th November 2018 15:00 at Maiden Castle Gym

Looking for extra power and control of your boat or just interested in staying fit? Join the strength and conditioning session happening every Wednesday. No experience is needed but you will gain most from these sessions if you commit to them regularly.

Meet at 15:00 in Maiden Castle Reception. 

Bring: Indoor/gym work-out clothes. 

Wednesday Barrage Session

Wednesday 28th November 2018 16:00 at Tees Barrage

This is the weekly session for paddling on harder whitewater and practising skills for rivers or freestyle. It takes place at the Tees Barrage in Stockton, which has a variety of features as well as a cafe and changing rooms with hot showers.

Meet at the boat house at 4pm to get kit and boats. You'll need to bring suitable warm clothes and a towel. The Barrage has its own cost of £9.50 and the petrol is usually under £5 depending on numbers.

If you haven't attended a Barrage session previously, please speak to Connor before signing up.

Silly Oscars Wetsuit Social

Wednesday 28th November 2018 20:00 at Durham

8pm in Stephenson. Kayaking apparel is mandatory. 

Thursday Canoe polo session

Thursday 29th November 2018 19:40 at Dolphin centre, Darlington

We meet at 19:40 at the maiden castle boathouse, load boats and kit onto cars and drive to Darlington. The session runs from 21:00-22:00. We then drive home and pack away the kit, where we will expect to be finished at about 22:45

Please bring swimwear a towel and also  a short sleeved t-shirt or lycra rash-vest, the cost for these sessions are £5

Canoe polo is a fun team ball sport in kayaks, during the session we practice basic paddling and passing in polo boats to full attack and defense set ups, so there's plenty to do if you are a beginner or a pro looking to practice for the next tournament.

BUCS slalom

Saturday 1st December 2018 08:00 at Tees Barrage

The first BUCS event of the year!

Come along and try your skill at slalom gates on white water. You don't need to be an amazing paddler, all we ask is you've been on a river trip or barrage session before hand

You can enter the event in kayak, C1 (kneeling) or C2 (2 people, 1 boat). Just comment on the sign up with what you want to do.

Any questions, feel free to contact any of the exec.

Yorkshire League - T3

Saturday 1st December 2018 15:00 at Yearsley swimming pool, York

This tournament is open to all levels and is in a warm pool! We will be playing against other teams from around York. 

Meet at the Boathouse at 15:00 because we need to load boats and drive to York.
We should be back in Durham at around 22:30

Cost varies by number of attendees but will likely be between £16 and £25. Please let Dan or Calum know if you have signed up but then decide you cannot make it before Thursday the 25th. If you sign-up and decide to not participate after this date (the 25th), you will be charged the full cost of the tournament.

Skills Pool Session

Monday 3rd December 2018 19:40 at Mill house leisure Centre, Hartlepool

Meet at the boathouse for 19:40, to load the boats onto cars and drive to Hartlepool. 

The session is 21:00-22:00 and you can expect to be back in Durham for around 22:45. 

Please bring swimwear, and a towel (and t-shirt/shorts/leggings to wear on top in the pool if you want). The cost for these sessions is £5.

In this session you will be taught general kayaking skills, play games and have fun in the warmth of a swimming pool with our trained coaches -- one of the best sessions of the week to come to if you're a beginner, or if you want to work on improving any of your kayaking skills.

This is also a chance for  more experienced members to come and practice their coaching or freestyle paddling, so there's something for everyone!

Festive Crafts Social

Tuesday 4th December 2018 19:00 at TBA

I do believe in Christmas, I do, I do!
Mincepieseatingsnowflakecuttinghotchocolatedrinkingchristinglewrappingbaublemakingelfwatchingmania.

Wednesday River Wear Session

Wednesday 5th December 2018 13:00 at River Wear - Maiden Castle Boathouse

Weekly Wednesday Wear Wander

Every Wednesday there is river session in which you learn general kayaking skills. This session offers great preparation for weekend river trips, and generally helps increase your confidence and comfort in your boat for any type of paddling from white-water to polo. 

Meet at the boathouse at 13:00
Bring clothes that are warm and that can get wet (not cotton) and a change of clothes for after the session. 

Wednesday Strength and Conditioning

Wednesday 5th December 2018 15:00 at Maiden Castle Gym

Looking for extra power and control of your boat or just interested in staying fit? Join the strength and conditioning session happening every Wednesday. No experience is needed but you will gain most from these sessions if you commit to them regularly.

Meet at 15:00 in Maiden Castle Reception. 

Bring: Indoor/gym work-out clothes. 

Wednesday Barrage Session

Wednesday 5th December 2018 16:00 at Tees Barrage

This is the weekly session for paddling on harder whitewater and practising skills for rivers or freestyle. It takes place at the Tees Barrage in Stockton, which has a variety of features as well as a cafe and changing rooms with hot showers.

Meet at the boat house at 4pm to get kit and boats. You'll need to bring suitable warm clothes and a towel. The Barrage has its own cost of £9.50 and the petrol is usually under £5 depending on numbers.

If you haven't attended a Barrage session previously, please speak to Connor before signing up.

Thursday Canoe polo session

Thursday 6th December 2018 19:40 at Dolphin centre, Darlington

We meet at 19:40 at the maiden castle boathouse, load boats and kit onto cars and drive to Darlington. The session runs from 21:00-22:00. We then drive home and pack away the kit, where we will expect to be finished at about 22:45

Please bring swimwear a towel and also  a short sleeved t-shirt or lycra rash-vest, the cost for these sessions are £5

Canoe polo is a fun team ball sport in kayaks, during the session we practice basic paddling and passing in polo boats to full attack and defense set ups, so there's plenty to do if you are a beginner or a pro looking to practice for the next tournament.

Christmas Paddle!!!

Saturday 8th December 2018 09:00 at Wherever there's water!

At Christmas little children sing and merry bells jingle,

The cold winter air makes our hands and faces tingle

And happy families go to church and cheerily they mingle

And the whole business is unbelievably dreadful, if you're not paddling!

Yes the last line doesn't rhyme, I'm not an English student OK. However, one thing i can do paddle, albeit badly, and  you can join in on the Christmas paddle. Its happening on Saturday, the same day as the meal so you will be nice and hungry after a day on the river. It will be a river suitable for everyone.

And if paddling the river wasn't fun enough, we will be doing fancy dress, whoever can make themselves or their boat look the most Christmassy wins! (don't ask me what the prize is)

Meet at the boathouse at 9 am. we will be back in plenty of time for the meal.

Festive Meal

Saturday 8th December 2018 19:00 at Library Bar, Durham

Yay for Yuletide! Seasons Greetings! Happy Winter Solstice! Merry Christmas! Resplendent New Year! 
Let\'s go eat food!
Sign up asap, £13.95 for 3 course meal, including a £3 deposit: no spraydecks involved in this one.
Dietary preferences and preorder will be sorted later.

Skills Pool Session

Monday 10th December 2018 19:40 at Mill house leisure Centre, Hartlepool

Meet at the boathouse for 19:40, to load the boats onto cars and drive to Hartlepool. 

The session is 21:00-22:00 and you can expect to be back in Durham for around 22:45. 

Please bring swimwear, and a towel (and t-shirt/shorts/leggings to wear on top in the pool if you want). The cost for these sessions is £5.

In this session you will be taught general kayaking skills, play games and have fun in the warmth of a swimming pool with our trained coaches -- one of the best sessions of the week to come to if you're a beginner, or if you want to work on improving any of your kayaking skills.

This is also a chance for  more experienced members to come and practice their coaching or freestyle paddling, so there's something for everyone!

Wednesday River Wear Session

Wednesday 12th December 2018 13:00 at River Wear - Maiden Castle Boathouse

Weekly Wednesday Wear Wander

Every Wednesday there is river session in which you learn general kayaking skills. This session offers great preparation for weekend river trips, and generally helps increase your confidence and comfort in your boat for any type of paddling from white-water to polo. 

Meet at the boathouse at 13:00
Bring clothes that are warm and that can get wet (not cotton) and a change of clothes for after the session. 

Wednesday Strength and Conditioning

Wednesday 12th December 2018 15:00 at Maiden Castle Gym

Looking for extra power and control of your boat or just interested in staying fit? Join the strength and conditioning session happening every Wednesday. No experience is needed but you will gain most from these sessions if you commit to them regularly.

Meet at 15:00 in Maiden Castle Reception. 

Bring: Indoor/gym work-out clothes. 

Wednesday Barrage Session

Wednesday 12th December 2018 16:00 at Tees Barrage

This is the weekly session for paddling on harder whitewater and practising skills for rivers or freestyle. It takes place at the Tees Barrage in Stockton, which has a variety of features as well as a cafe and changing rooms with hot showers.

Meet at the boat house at 4pm to get kit and boats. You'll need to bring suitable warm clothes and a towel. The Barrage has its own cost of £9.50 and the petrol is usually under £5 depending on numbers.

If you haven't attended a Barrage session previously, please speak to Connor before signing up.

Thursday Canoe polo session

Thursday 13th December 2018 19:40 at Dolphin centre, Darlington

We meet at 19:40 at the maiden castle boathouse, load boats and kit onto cars and drive to Darlington. The session runs from 21:00-22:00. We then drive home and pack away the kit, where we will expect to be finished at about 22:45

Please bring swimwear a towel and also  a short sleeved t-shirt or lycra rash-vest, the cost for these sessions are £5

Canoe polo is a fun team ball sport in kayaks, during the session we practice basic paddling and passing in polo boats to full attack and defense set ups, so there's plenty to do if you are a beginner or a pro looking to practice for the next tournament.

North west & central league 1

Saturday 15th December 2018 13:00 at Grand central, Stockport

This is the hardest league we enter as Durham University.

Competition is 16:30-21:20


More details TBC

North west & central league 2

Sunday 6th January 2019 14:00 at Grand central, Stockport

This is the hardest league we enter as Durham University

Tournament 16:30-21:30


more details TBC

Development Ladies League

Saturday 12th January 2019 06:00 at Leeds

This league is aimed at the ladies in the club, you don't need to have any previous polo experience.


More details TBC

Development Ladies League

Saturday 16th February 2019 06:00 at Leeds

This league is aimed at the ladies in our club. No previous experience needed


more details TBC

Yorkshire league -T5

Saturday 16th February 2019 15:00 at Yeasley swimming pool, York

This tournament is open to all levels and is in a warm pool! We will be playing against other teams from around York. 

Meet at the Boathouse at 15:00 because we need to load boats and drive to York.
We should be back in Durham at around 22:30

Cost varies by number of attendees but will likely be between £16 and £25. Please let Dan or Calum know if you have signed up but then decide you cannot make it before Thursday the 25th. If you sign-up and decide to not participate after this date (the 25th), you will be charged the full cost of the tournament.

NSR 2019!!!

Friday 1st March 2019 18:00 at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

Don your best costume, grab a drink and jump in a boat - the National Student Rodeo is back!

NSR is a fantastic freestyle kayaking event held at Holme Pierrepont white water course in Nottingham. Hundreds of students rock up for a crazy weekend of tricks, carnage and partying. Anyone can enter - there are classes for beginners and experts so don't worry if you think you're not good enough. Swimming is winning! 

There's a party on Saturday evening where everyone has to be in costume. This year's theme is A Journey Through Time, so choose an era and let the time war begin!

Everyone who has been has stories to share, so feel free to ask any questions.

We will be heading down on Friday night and returning on Sunday, camping at HPP for the weekend. Ticket prices have not yet been released.

Yorkshire league -T6

Saturday 16th March 2019 15:00 at Yearsley swimming pool, York

This tournament is open to all levels and is in a warm pool! We will be playing against other teams from around York. 

Meet at the Boathouse at 15:00 because we need to load boats and drive to York.
We should be back in Durham at around 22:30

Cost varies by number of attendees but will likely be between £16 and £25. Please let Dan or Calum know if you have signed up but then decide you cannot make it before Thursday the 25th. If you sign-up and decide to not participate after this date (the 25th), you will be charged the full cost of the tournament.

Development Ladies League

Saturday 23rd March 2019 06:00 at Leeds

This league is aimed at the ladies in our club. No previous polo experience is needed.

Scotland 2019

Saturday 23rd March 2019 09:00 at Scotland

In the Easter holidays we will be heading up to bonny Scotland for a week of paddling. Dates are liable to change, but it's likely to be the first week of the holidays. We will be staying in a bunkhouse or hostel, so no camping (a veritable treat!), and paddling a variety of different rivers. There will be something suitable for everyone who signs up. Costs will be around £150 and we will ask for a deposit closer to the time.

Any questions, just ask Molly or Connor.

Here's a video from this year's trip.

North west & central league 3

Saturday 13th April 2019 12:00 at Collingwood Dock, Liverpool

This is the hardest league we enter as Durham University

Competition time TBC


More details TBC

Alps 2019

Sunday 16th June 2019 10:00 at Argentiere, France

After exams are all over, we are heading out the the beautiful French Alps for a couple of weeks of paddling in the sun!

Argentiere is a place where uni groups from all over the UK head. There is a great selection of rivers for everybody, as well as via ferratas, hikes and fantastic food. And need I mention the weather?! We will hopefully be out there at the same time as other groups, so there's a really friendly atmosphere off the river too.

Everyone is welcome to come. Feel free to ask me (Molly) any questions.

Dates have not been decided yet, but will likely be the last couple of weeks in June. Costs will be released later, we will ask for a deposit in advance.