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6th May: Equipment Preparation / Evening Session
This evening be aimed at returning equipment to the Club Store and preparing for the evening sessions. Please meet at 6.30pm (prompt) at the Club store at Thurso beach (West end of Esplanade - the old bathing huts). All members are asked to assist with returning the equipment to the Club Store.

•\tNovice Paddlers: Individuals attending for the first time will be shown how to check equipment prior to use and given a briefing for the outdoor sessions
•\tExperienced Paddlers: Individuals who of have attended previous summer sessions and need to  have the opportunity to go on the water once the equipment is sorted out.

9th  May: Loch Watten
This is planned as a day to get a feel for paddling outside, practice your skills learnt in the pool in sheltered environment, try out the different sorts of boats that the club has and have some fun.  The cost for this will be £5 to cover equipment costs and transporting equipment.  This is open to all members, although under 14's will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Meet at the club hut (on Thurso beach) promptly at 9.30am if you need to use any club equipment.  Otherwise, 10:00.  You will also need to arrange your own transport to and from Loch Watten.

For those who wish, there will be an opportunity to undertake BCU 2 Star  training and if appropriate assessment. For detail on the award see . We would encourage current members to work towards this personal skill level.  

13th May:  Thursday Evening Sessions
These will be run slightly differently to previous years and we hope that the changes will benefit all members, both new and old, and we will go into more detail about this at the briefing session.

For new paddlers upto 2 Star Ability:  The sessions will be geared towards developing personal skills up to a BCU 2* standard ( .
Initially sessions for new paddlers will be run on the following dates:
•\t13 May
•\t27 May
•\t10 June
•\t24 June
As paddlers gain the appropriate skills, they will be able to join in the weekly sessions.

Paddlers of 2 Star Ability:  Thursday night sessions will be every Thursday evening (weather permitting).

In both cases:

Time: 6.30pm (prompt) at the Club store at Thurso beach (West end of Esplanade - the old bathing huts). We will meet promptly at the start time.
If you are late, the person in charge may turn you away so as not to delay the canoeing activity for the others. When we finish, is again dependant on the weather and the group.

Cost (members using Club equipment): £20 for 5 Sessions (paid inadvance)

Age: 14 and over. 13 years olds (by special permission from the Committee)

If you are in any doubt about the weather then contact the Club Secretary during the day (tel: 01847 804610 up to 4.15pm or tel 01847 894756 after this time). It always useful to know who will be turning just in case things have to be changed.

In the interests of safety for young paddlers (Under 16), we would ask for parents / guardians  (who are not paddling) to wait until a Club Official arrives.  

For details on the sessions (what to bring etc) please look at the website (  or contact the Club Secretary. Note web access is only available to individuals who have paid their 2010 membership fees.

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