Woodmill Freestyle Funday

This Saturday 5th November, our local friendly canoe shop, Woodmill, will be holding a ‘Freestyle Fun Day’ that will take place just upriver of the boat hard (by the weir).

For those of you who are now wondering ‘What on earth is freestyle kayaking?’, well read on. Freestyle kayaking, or ‘Playboating’ as it is more commonly known, is the ability to perform tricks on both flat water or on a wave/weir – I’m sure you have all seen some of the more experienced kayakers spinning their boats in an unholy manner and thinking wow, I wish I could do that…

( Still confused, check out this video by our very own Team Strutter, don’t panic, it won’t be quite this extreme at the weekend, there will be a lot of flat water play boating too)

Whether you are a complete beginner to freestyle or have been doing it for a few years, there will be classes and lessons to teach you what you need (bought by the experts from Jackson Kayaks!)
The day will also feature a BBQ, music and rodeo event (freestyle competition on the Weir!), so even if you don’t fancy paddling it is well worth coming down and watching, chilling out, chatting to other kayakers, taking a look around the shop, eating hot dogs etc.

Do not worry if you don’t think you are good enough, there will be beginners classes too, all that we ask is that you have done a spray deck test with us already (ideally you will have practiced T Rescues at one of our river/pool sessions or done our introduction to moving water session, but if not, come down and have fun anyway! You can still get on the water)

The event will run 10:00-15.00 on Saturday, details of where/when to meet will be sent out to those that express interest.

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Missed the taster sessions but still want to get involved?

If you’re keen on joining up with one of the best clubs in the uni (of course we’d say that) then there is still time!

Here’s a short FAQ for those of you still interested:

  • Can I still join?
    Of course! You can join any time during the year but we recommend you join sooner rather than later so that you can take advantage of the easier river trips and get to know everyone.
  • Do you have any more taster sessions?
    We don’t have any more taster sessions but we are now running our normal river and pool sessions so if you want a chat then come along to one of these (wednesday from about 1pm at the watersports centre or thursday just before 9pm at the Jubilee sports centre).

If you want to find out more about the club then check out the links above, specifically about membership and membership FAQ’s.

Hope to see you on the water!

Fun in the Sun- Last Weekend’s Taster Sessions

The wetsuits were off and the sun cream was out for last weekend’s taster sessions. Hundreds of you came along to the boat hard each ready to try your hand at a little kayaking, on a weekend that can only be described as an absolute scorcher!  The two days saw unadulterated levels of mayhem, an endless supply of grinning fresher faces and more sunken boats than we ever thought possible! If you did get out of a boat without getting wet, goodness knows how; you stayed far dryer than most of us.

The taster sessions saw a variety of games, from the old classic ‘Stuck In The Mud’ to the Tom’s fantastically entertaining version of the game ‘Jump’. The variation saw Tom performing a beautiful rendition of the Girls Aloud classic of the same name (although he never did explain how he knows all the lyrics), whilst Freshers jumped as high as they could on cue. Needless to say the shenanigans ended in utter chaos. Just what we like to see!

Don’t forget that the intro meeting is happening this tomorrow (Wednesday 5th October). Meet at 18:15 outside the stags and we’ll be heading onto our first social of the year afterwards and if previous years are anything to go by, it’s going to be a cracker. If you have any questions please contact us here.

To see more pictures of the day, click either Saturday or Sunday (assorted on facebook).


Taster Session Photo’s 2011

We had amazing weather for the Taster Sessions this weekend and a really good turn out with lots of keen people. Hopefully everyone that came along had lots of fun and we would like to see you all again! – Remember the Intro meeting is happening this coming Wednesday (5th October) – meet at 18:15 outside the stags. If you have any questions please contact us here.

There will be a full write up about the Taster session soon but for now see if you can spot yourself in the photo’s.

Click either Saturday or Sunday (assorted on facebook) for the day you attended. See you soon!

SUCC Taster Session Sunday 2/10/11

Welcome to Southampton University Canoe Club

There’s loads of fun to be had within SUCC, whether it’s in Southampton on the lovely River Itchen, on exciting whitewater rivers and surf around the country, or in Southampton’s pubs and clubs. It’s going to be a fantastic year, come and get involved!

We’ll be sending e-mails to you guys about the up-and-coming events happening over the next couple weeks, so keep an eye on out for those! We are also on Facebook, so join the Canoe Club fresher group to keep up to date with everything.


First up are our taster sessions this weekend at the Uni Watersports centre, just down the road from Wessex Lane halls. We’re going to be there from 12-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday playing a few games, having some fun in the sun and free tea and cake. The whole day is free and we provide all your kit. All you need to bring is a towel, a change of clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and some old/wet shoes if you have any.

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Our Freshers meeting will be on Wednesday 5 October, starting at 6.30pm. This will be followed by the incredible Freshers social to Portswood, getting you nicely acquainted with the bars, pubs and clubs of the area. At the meeting itself, you can learn more about the club and will have the opportunity to join us (only £30 for the whole year – with a load of benefits) and come on the freshers trip to Perranporth (at a special price of only £30 for the weekend with all this included).

Hope to see all you lovely people this weekend! Any questions just email us.

SUCC Love,

Thom Guy

Here’s a list of our upcoming events (for more check the calendar):

  • 1st/2nd October – Taster Sessions 12pm – 5pm, University Watersports Centre
  • Wed 5th October – Freshers Intro Meeting. Meet at Stags for 6.15pm – or if you’re late head to Building 7, room 3009 (click for campus map) for 6.30pm. Afterwards we’re heading out for our first Fresher Social.
  • Thur 6th October – First Pool Training Session 9pm @ Jubilee Sports Hall (Highfield Campus)
  • 7th – 9th October – Freshers Surf Kayaking Trip to PERRANPORTH, CORNWALL!!