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Week 6 paddling

Hello OUCKC!

Alas, I had no incoming pub recommendations last week so I have randomly decided that the social will be this Thursday at 8pm at the King’s Arms (simply because I’ve been there before).

On Friday the Marathon session will be at 6.45am at Falcon Canoe Club. This is for people who want to cover longer distances in pointy boats. Contact our marathon rep Lizzie to find out more (elizabeth.polgreen@linacre.ox.ac.uk).

On Sunday will be our last 
Port Meadow sessions before the Surf Trip. There will be sessions at 12pm and 2pm, so come along and make the most of this lovely Trinity weather!

Have a great week folks,
Jen, OUCKC president

Term card Trinity 17

Week Day Date Activity Other
1 Sunday 23-Apr Port Meadow
Monday 24-Apr
Tuesday 25-Apr
Wednesday 26-Apr
Thursday 27-Apr Social Polo Evening Session
Friday 28-Apr Marathon BUCS Polo
Saturday 29-Apr BUCS Polo
2 Sunday 30-Apr Port Meadow BUCS Polo
Monday 01-May
Tuesday 02-May
Wednesday 03-May
Thursday 04-May Social
Friday 05-May Marathon
Saturday 06-May
3 Sunday 07-May Come and Try Port Meadow
Monday 08-May
Tuesday 09-May
Wednesday 10-May
Thursday 11-May Social
Friday 12-May Marathon
Saturday 13-May Varsity!
4 Sunday 14-May Port Meadow  
Monday 15-May
Tuesday 16-May
Wednesday 17-May
Thursday 18-May Social
Friday 19-May Marathon
Saturday 20-May
5 Sunday 21-May Port Meadow Canoe Polo Cuppers
Monday 22-May
Tuesday 23-May
Wednesday 24-May
Thursday 25-May Social
Friday 26-May Marathon
Saturday 27-May
6 Sunday 28-May Port Meadow Shed Clear out post paddle
Monday 29-May
Tuesday 30-May
Wednesday 31-May
Thursday 01-Jun Social
Friday 02-Jun Marathon
Saturday 03-Jun
7 Sunday 04-Jun Port Meadow Surf trip (provisional)
Monday 05-Jun
Tuesday 06-Jun
Wednesday 07-Jun
Thursday 08-Jun Social
Friday 09-Jun Marathon
Saturday 10-Jun
8 Sunday 11-Jun Port Meadow
Monday 12-Jun
Tuesday 13-Jun
Wednesday 14-Jun
Thursday 15-Jun Social End of term meal?
Friday 16-Jun Marathon
Saturday 17-Jun

 

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Michaelmas Week 6

Hello lovelies!
Thanks to everyone who came on the North Wales trip; it was a fab weekend, all faff included!
Here’s what’s lined up this week:

1.Thursday pub session at Uni Club at 7.30pm
2.Friday morning marathon session
3.Sunday session at Port Meadow 2pm
4. Pool session 9-11.30am.
5.First aid course sign up is still open
6. Christmas dinner!
7. Membership reminder

1.There will be a pub session this Thursday from 7.30pm onwards at Uni Club to get some warming beer down your gullet to warm you up in the cold weather!

2. Marathon paddling
This session is aimed at people who want to cover distances in long pointy boats. The sessions are based at Falcon Canoe Club by Donnington Bridge and therefore cost £2 to cover Falcon equipment. If you are pretty comfortable in an ordinary kayak and interested in going along, get in touch with our marathon rep, Thomas who can answer any questions and sign you up for a session.

3. There will be a pool session on Sunday morning from 9am-11.30am, split into two sessions, at the Brookes Sport Centre in Botley. The first session will be rolling practice and general skills, the second will be canoe polo. Cost will be £2 per session to fund our pool costs. Bring a swimming costume, t-shirt and shorts for the session, a towel and a change of clothes, and get ready for a fun splashabout.

4. Apologies to anyone who didn’t get a Sunday sesh this weekend. This time we’ll make it! This Sunday there will be a session at Port Meadow at 2pm, incorporating both polo and general fun, to please everybody!

5. Sign up for the First Aid course in 7th week (26/27th November) is still open and is an amazing price for the course you will be getting.

6. Our annual Christmas Dinner will be taking place on the 24th November, so put the date in your diaries! Current thoughts for location are Uni Club or Mansfield, but the festive cheer will be fab wherever we go, and it’s also a certain important club member’s birthday, so reserve the date!

7. If anyone has not completed their membership (whether this is paying but not completing a form, completing a form but not paying, or both), you MUST e-mail Jonathon Witty (jonathon.witty@stcatz.ox.ac.uk) to let him know. If you have paid but not let Jon know, drop him a message too. This is really important guys, thanks.

That’s all from me. Wishing you a lovely week and hopefully see you out on the water 🙂

Serin

Michaelmas Week 5

Hi folks,
It’s getting cold outside, which means lots of social/paddling this week to warm you up! Here’s the low-down for what’s going on:

1.Thursday pub session at Uni Club at 7.30pm
2.Friday morning marathon session
3.North Wales trip this week end-2 SPACES STILL AVAILABLE
4.Sunday session at Port Meadow 11am-1pm
5.First aid course sign up is still open
6. Christmas dinner!
7. Membership reminder

1.There will be a pub session this Thursday from 7.30pm onwards to get some warming beer down your gullet to warm you up in the cold weather!

2. Marathon paddling
This session is aimed at people who want to cover distances in long pointy boats. The sessions are based at Falcon Canoe Club by Donnington Bridge and therefore cost £2 to cover Falcon equipment. If you are pretty comfortable in an ordinary kayak and interested in going along, get in touch with our marathon rep, Thomas who can answer any questions and sign you up for a session.

3. There are two spaces still available on the North Wales trip this weekend. Online signup is available and you will need to get money to Cormac Browne. Please chat to the leaders if you are not sure about whether you can come (the requirements are in the e-mail but if water levels are very high and you have not paddled much you may need to sit in a tea shop if there is nothing appropriate for you to paddle, but the social will be great whatever the case!).

4. This Sunday there will still be a session at Port Meadow, from 11am-1pm, incorporating both polo and general fun, to please everybody!

5. Sign up for the First Aid course in 7th week (26/27th November) is still open and is an amazing price for the course you will be getting.

6. Our annual Christmas Dinner will be taking place on the 24th November, so put the date in your diaries! Current thoughts for location are Uni Club or St. Catz, but the festive cheer will be fab wherever we go, and it also a certain important club member’s birthday, so reserve the date!

7. If anyone has not completed their membership (whether this is paying but not completing a form, completing a form but not paying, or both), you MUST e-mail Jonathon Witty (jonathon.witty@stcatz.ox.ac.uk) to let him know. If you have paid but not let Jon know, drop him a message too. This is really important guys, thanks.

That’s all from me. Wishing you a lovely week and hopefully see you out on the water 🙂

Serin

Michaelmas Week 4

Hello all,
Thank you so much for everyone who came on the Freshers’ Trip and helped make it such a fun experience, despite record levels of faff! Special thanks to those who helped organize and lead, your help is much appreciated.
This week, we have more fun events to stave off the stress of Oxford:
1. Thursday 7pm meal out at Jamal’s, followed by pub session at the Four Candles 9pm, including trip sign up
2. Marathon Friday morning
3. Bedford polo on Saturday CANCELLED
4. Pool session Sunday
5. Port Meadow session on Sunday

1. Thursday 7pm meal out at Jamal’s, followed by pub session at the Four Candles 9pm.
On Thursday there will be a meal out at Jamal’s in Jericho to glorify about the Freshers’ Trip and discuss future paddling exploits. Cost will be approximately £15, value will be priceless! Then we will walk to the Four Candles Pub for some pints and chat at 9pm. Feel free to join just for the pub if you can’t make it earlier. Trip sign up for the intermediate trip will open at the pub (details to follow in an e-mail from Cormac).

2. Marathon
This session is aimed at people who want to cover distances in long pointy boats. The sessions are based at Falcon Canoe Club by Donnington Bridge and therefore cost £2 to cover Falcon equipment. If you are pretty comfortable in an ordinary kayak and interested in going along, get in touch with our marathon rep, Thomas who can answer any questions and sign you up for a session.

3. There will be no polo this Saturday, unfortunately, but there are some other fixtures in future (Saturday 26th November (7th week): Ladies league
Saturday 3rd December (8th week): South East Div 3)

Let Chris Booth know if you’re interested.

4. There will be a pool session on Sunday morning from 9am-11.30am, split into two sessions, at the Brookes Sport Centre in Botley. The first session will be rolling practice and general skills, the second will be canoe polo. Cost will be £2 per session to fund our pool costs. Bring a swimming costume, t-shirt and shorts for the session, a towel and a change of clothes, and get ready for a fun splashabout.

5. Port Meadow session at 1pm and 3pm, for some fun general paddling.

That’s it from me. Hope you all have a wonderful week and I look forwards to seeing you out and about boating!

Serin

Michaelmas Week 3

Hi folks,
It’s third week, the work is piling up and the Freshers’ Trip is fast approaching. Here’s the lowdown for the coming week so you can keep yourself sane with a bit of boating:

1. Social session at Mansfield Bar, 7.30pm on Thursday
Come along for drinks and a chat on Thursday in the friendly atmosphere of Mansfield bar.

2. Marathon on Friday
This session is aimed at people who want to cover distances in long pointy boats. The sessions are based at Falcon Canoe Club by Donnington Bridge and therefore cost £2 to cover Falcon equipment. If you are pretty comfortable in an ordinary kayak and interested in going along, get in touch with our marathon rep, Thomas who can answer any questions and sign you up for a session.

3. Freshers’ Trip this weekend.
For all those who are planning on coming to the best weekend of their lives, Cormac will be e-mailing out further details very soon. Get excited for some white water at the weekend!

4. Sunday Sessions Cancelled
There will be NO SUNDAY SESSIONS since our leaders will be away on the Freshers’ Trip helping you have the time of your life! They will resume next week.

5. BUCS White Water Race
19-20th November
http://www.bucswwr.org.uk/
The BUCS white water race is for anyone interested in paddling fast down moving water! It also counts as part of our Varsity match against Cambridge so we need to get together at least a men’s and women’s team of three each. You need to have some experience on white water to join, and more info can be found on the website. Let Chris know (christopher.booth@lincoln.ox.ac.uk) if you’re interested in coming!

6. Canoe polo for beginners
We have some canoe polo tournaments coming up which are suitable for all abilities including complete beginners. They are all held in warm swimming pools and we need to get some teams together so let Chris know (christopher.booth@lincoln.ox.ac.uk) if you’re interested in playing! The ladies tournament is only for ladies but the other two are open to anyone.
Saturday 5th November (4th week): South East Div 3.
Saturday 26th November (7th week): Ladies league
Saturday 3rd December (8th week): South East Div 3

That’s it from me; I hope you have a lovely week and I’ll see you soon for some boating!

Serin

Michalemas Week 2

Hi folks,
Again, a great round of sessions on Sunday with such a huge turnout we had to pull out the duo boats! Thanks to all who came, it was great fun. The membership form is attached, for the folk who haven’t handed it in yet (you will need to be a member for trips and if attending more than two sessions), so don’t forget to hand it in with money! Here’s what’s coming up this week:

1.Freshers’ Trip sign up
2. Thursday social at Mansfield College Bar 7.30pm
3.Marathon session – Falcon Canoe Club at 7am on Friday
4. Sunday pool session 10am-12pm at Brookes Sport Centre in Botley

  1. Sunday Port Meadow Session at 1pm and 3pm


1.Freshers’ Trip sign up
if you still haven’t signed up for the upcoming Freshers’ Trip to North Wales (evening of Friday the 29th October to evening of Sunday 30th October), hurry, places are limited! Online signup is now open, you must have done two sessions and a spraydeck test, and your place is not confirmed until you pay (cheque or cash please). See the e-mail sent out by Cormac earlier today or the Facebook post.

2. Thursday social at Mansfield College Bar 7.30pm
There will be a social at Mansfield College Bar at 7.30pm this Thursday for general friendly chat and booze. Anja Mizdrak alerts me that she has some unclaimed stash; if you think it might be yours, get in touch with her before Thursday and you can nab it. If not, cool kayak-themed kit will be available to purchase at Mansfield Bar during the social!

3.Marathon session – Falcon Canoe Club at 7am on Friday

These are aimed at people who want to cover distances in long pointy boats. The sessions are based at Falcon Canoe Club by Donnington Bridge and therefore cost £2 to cover Falcon equipment. If you are pretty comfortable in an ordinary kayak and interested in going along, get in touch with our marathon rep, Thomas who can answer any questions and sign you up for a session.

  1. Sunday pool session 10am-12pm at Brookes Sport Centre in Botley

For those of you who are interested in paddling in warm water, learning some fun skills and some more advanced techniques like rolling, come to Brookes Sport Centre for two hours for fun times. Bring a swimming costume, t-shirt and shorts for the session, a towel and a change of clothes. Cost of the session is £2.

  1. Sunday Port Meadow Session at 1pm and 3pm

For those eager beavers who want more outdoor paddling, there will be sessions at Port Meadow at 1pm and 3pm, much like the general sessions these past two weeks.

That’s it from me for now, hope to see you all soon at socials or out on the water 🙂

Paddling love,

Serin

Michaelmas Week 1

Hello!

 

Thanks to everyone who came to our come and try it sessions yesterday. We had a fantastic turnout and it was great to see so many people getting stuck in. If you missed it, not to worry, there’s another come and try it session next Sunday (see below). We also have a website (www.ouckc.co.uk) with all sorts of useful information and a Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/ouckc). We’re a friendly club that welcome anyone that’s keen to kayak, regardless of previous experience. If you still have questions after reading this email, feel free to get in touch! This week, we have the following:

 

  1. Ice cream social and then Pub crawl, Thursday (13th October) 7.00pm G&D’s on St.Aldate’s street
  2. Come and Try It sessions at Port Meadow on Sunday (16th October)
  3. Freshers’ Trip Sign up
  4. Marathon
  5. Membership
  6. More experienced kayakers

 

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  1. Ice cream social and then Pub crawl, Thursday (13th) 7.00pm G&D’s on St.Aldate’s street

As promised, a fun evening of getting to know other boating enthusiasts and meeting the amazing committee of this club. We’re a very friendly bunch and this promises to be a busy and fun evening. Meet at the G&D’s on St.Aldate’s Street (near Christchurch) at 7.00pm on Thursday 13th October to satisfy all your ice cream needs. We will then head off to various pubs for a fun evening of drinking and chatting, and potentially clubbing afterwards if people are keen. Come in droves-this is going to be great!

  1. 2. Come and Try It sessions at Port Meadow on Sunday

Same as last week, a bit of coaching and some fun and games.

  • When: 11am, 1pm, 3pm (16th Oct). If you’re keen for canoe polo, come along at 11am where Chris, polo captain, will be leading a group covering the basics.
  • Where: The Shed on Port Meadow. Directions can be found through this GoogleMap (https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zXRsCUnbRcI0.k_Lc5n5h9s1I)
  • How: turn up a bit before the session to nab the shiniest kit as it will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
  • What to bring: you need to bring some enthusiasm and a complete change of clothes (a towel is also very useful). For on the river, synthetic sportswear or thermal type stuff is best. Make sure you have old trainers, wetsuit boots or something similar to wear on your feet that you don’t mind getting wet. OUCKC will provide a waterproof(ish) jacket (called a cag), and all the actual kayaking equipment. If you do not bring the above then you will not be allowed out on the water. Bringing a bit of cash to get something in the pub (see below) after the session is recommended
  • Afterwards: we’ll head to the pub (Jude the Obscure on Walton St) for a hot chocolate/pint/chips where you can get to know us a bit better. If you’re at one of the earlier sessions, feel free to pop back to join us in the pub at 5/5.30pm. We’ll have membership forms and committee members on hand to answer any of your questions.

*Can’t make it this time? Not to worry, just come along next week (or anytime for that matter). New people are always welcome, but we do ask you to attend a minimum of 2 sessions before signing up for trips.

 

  1. Freshers’ Trip Sign Up – OPENS SUNDAY

The first trip of term will be happening at the end of 3rd week (leaving 28th Oct evening, returning 30th Oct evening). The cost of the trip is approximately £50 and this will cover transport, food, and bunkhouse accommodation. We’ll be heading to South Wales which has rivers to suit even those that have only just started kayaking; all we ask if for you to have attended a minimum of 2 sessions before the trip and have done a spraydeck test. Sign up will open at 6pm on Sunday (after the sessions) in Jude the Obscure, where we’ll be ready to answer questions, sign people up, and take payments (cash or cheque).

Here are a couple videos from previous trips for procrastinating purposes: https://vimeo.com/31728427 and https://vimeo.com/53890834 (not all of which were filmed on the bits of rivers we send beginners down so don’t panic when you see the waterfall!

Any questions, ask our lovely trip secs, Cormac and Kerry.

 

  1. Marathon session – Falcon Canoe Club at 7am on Friday

These are aimed at people who want to cover distances in long pointy boats. The sessions are based at Falcon Canoe Club by Donnington Bridge and therefore cost £2 to cover Falcon equipment. If you are pretty comfortable in an ordinary kayak and interested in going along, get in touch with our marathon rep, Thomas who can answer any questions and sign you up for a session.

  1. Membership

Membership fees are £35 per year for Oxford University students, and £50 for everyone else. This covers the costs of buying and maintaining all the equipment and sessions the club offers, safety stuff like insurance, and storage of your own kit if you have any. Trips and tournaments are paid for separately. We also offer termly memberships which are £20 for OU-students, and £25 for everyone else. To join the club, fill in a membership form (attached) and pidge with a cheque to Jonathon Witty at St Catz College. Alternatively, bring everything along to a session to hand to Jon. Membership (new or renewal) must be paid before the first trip (end of 3rdweek).

  1. More experienced paddlers

If you are a more experienced paddler and would like some more adventurous/technical events to stretch your limits, fear not! Check out the term card:

-On the 22nd/23rd October, the BCU Student Safety Seminar is taking place at Plas y Brenin in North Wales. This is a fantastically informative course which will be great for your personal development. (See website for more details- http://www.pyb.co.uk/courses-bcu-student-safety-seminar.php ). For anyone with previous paddling experience who is willing to help out at Sunday sessions and invest in the club, we are willing to subsidize the cost of the course for you, meaning it will only cost you about £40 (travel, accommodation) for a weekend trip. If you are interested in a place, turn up to the pub crawl or Sunday session and have a chat with one of the committee members.

-The intermediate white water trip will be on more challenging white water and suitable for paddlers with a bit more experience.

-There will also be a First Aid course later on in the term, again subsidized if you get involved with club activities.

Hope to see you all at the pub crawl or out on the water.

Serin

OUCKC President

Freshers 2016

Hello!

 

Thanks to everyone who signed up to the mailing list during Freshers’ Fair; it’s great to see that there are so many people interesting in kayaking this term! Here is an e-mail letting you know what’s on this term so you can put the dates in your diary, with a bit of extra info on some of the juicy events. We also have a website (www.ouckc.co.uk) with all sorts of useful information and a Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/ouckc). We’re a friendly club that welcome anyone that’s keen to kayak, regardless of previous experience. If you still have questions after reading this email, feel free to get in touch! This week, we have the following:

 

Come and Try It sessions at Port Meadow on Sunday (9th October)

Ice cream social and then Pub crawl, Thursday (13th7.00pm G&D’s on St.Aldate’s street

Term card

Membership

More experienced kayakers

 

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Come and Try It sessions at Port Meadow on Sunday

Get ready for some fun sessions on the water! Although these sessions are aimed at beginners, more experienced folk are welcome. There will be a bit of coaching to help people get comfortable in a boat and then games. Pick a session, then come 20 minutes early to the car park on Walton Well Street (see map) and someone will lead you to the shed.

When: 11am, 1pm, 3pm (9th Oct). If you’re keen for canoe polo, come along at 11am where Chris, polo captain, will be leading a group covering the basics.

Where: The Shed on Port Meadow. Directions can be found through this GoogleMap (https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zXRsCUnbRcI0.k_Lc5n5h9s1I)

How: turn up a bit before the session to nab the shiniest kit as it will be allocated on a first come first served basis. to give us an idea of numbers for each session please sign up on this DoodlePoll http://doodle.com/poll/x76m6p7ih4kuv66s

What to bring: you need to bring some enthusiasm and a complete change of clothes (a towel is also very useful). For on the river, synthetic sportswear or thermal type stuff is best. Make sure you have old trainers, wetsuit boots or something similar to

wear on your feet that you don’t mind getting wet. OUCKC will provide a waterproof(ish) jacket (called a cag), and all the actual kayaking equipment. If you do not bring the above then you will not be allowed out on the water. Bringing a bit of cash to get something in the pub (see below) after the session is recommended

Afterwards: we’ll head to the pub (Jude the Obscure on Walton St) for a hot chocolate/pint/chips where you can get to know us a bit better. If you’re at one of the earlier sessions, feel free to pop back to join us in the pub at 5/5.30pm. We’ll have membership forms and committee members on hand to answer any of your questions.

*Can’t make it this time? Not to worry, just come along next week (or anytime for that matter). New people are always welcome, but we do ask you to attend a minimum of 2 sessions before signing up for trips.

Ice cream social and then Pub crawl, Thursday (13th) 7.00pm G&D’s on St.Aldate’s street

As promised, a fun evening of getting to know other boating enthusiasts and meeting the amazing committee of this club. We’re a very friendly bunch and this promises to be a busy and fun evening. Meet at the G&D’s on St.Aldate’s Street (near Christchurch) at 7.00pm on Thursday 13th October to satisfy all your ice cream needs. We will then head off to various pubs for a fun evening of drinking and chatting, and potentially clubbing afterwards if people are keen. Come in droves-this is going to be great! 

Term card

I send out an email every week with a round-up of activities for that week, but a guide to the term is below to enable you to plan your diary in advance to enable you to come to as much as possible. The term card will also be available on the website soon.

ACTUAL KAYAKING

General Paddling sessions on Sundays (11am, 1pm, 3pm weeks 1, 2, 3; 2pm weeks 5, 6, 7, 8): everyone welcome! A bit of learning skills based stuff, some games, or journeys up and down the river.

Marathon training on Fridays, 7am @ Falcon Rowing Club: ideal if you’re keen to race competitively or just go long distances in a pointy boat. Sessions are open to anyone that feels comfortable in a kayak and cost £2 to cover Falcon Canoe Club equipment use. For further details contact Thomas (Marathon Rep)

Canoe Polo Training on Sundays 11am @ The Shed: everyone welcome! Canoe polo is sort of like basketball/water polo/netball/hand ball but played in kayaks. Our teams tend to regard enthusiasm more highly than skill.

SOCIALS

Ice cream social/pub crawl – Thursday 1st week (13h Oct), 7.00pm @ St. Aldate’s G&D’s

Freshers’ Meal Out – Thursday 3rd week (27th Oct), 7pm, location TBC

Crew Date with OUMC – TBC but probably 5th week

Christmas Dinner – Thursday 7th week (24th Nov), 7pm @ location TBC

And, when there isn’t a specific social on a Thursday, we’ll head to a pub for drinks (non-alcoholic drinks available too!). We also head to Jude the Obscure after every Sunday session.

TRIPS

Freshers’ White Water Trip – End of 3rd week (leaving 28th Oct evening, returning 30th Oct). Even if you’ve never paddled before, a few Sunday sessions will teach you all you need to know to be ready for this trip to South Wales. Sign up will open Sunday 16th Oct in the pub after the kayaking session. Cost £50 which includes accommodation, transport, and food for the weekend. Further details to follow.

Ladies Canoe Polo Tournament – Saturday 7th week (26th Nov). Afternoon/evening tournament in a nice warm swimming pool in a friendly team that aim to have fun.

BUCS White Water Race – End of 6th week

North Wales White Water Trip – End of 5th week. This trip will also be suitable for everyone that regularly comes along to sessions this term, regardless of prior experience.

BCU Student Safety Seminar (see details below)

First Aid Course-End of 7th week (26th/27th Nov)

 

Membership

Membership fees are £35 per year for Oxford University students, and £50 for everyone else. This covers the costs of buying and maintaining all the equipment and sessions the club offers, safety stuff like insurance, and storage of your own kit if you have any. Trips and tournaments are paid for separately. We also offer termly memberships which are £20 for OU-students, and £25 for everyone else. To join the club, fill in a membership form (attached) and pidge with a cheque to Jonathon Witty at St Catz College. Alternatively, bring everything along to a session to hand to Jon. Membership (new or renewal) must be paid before the first trip (end of 3rd week).

More experienced paddlers

If you are a more experienced paddler and would like some more adventurous/technical events to stretch your limits, fear not! Check out the term card:

-On the 22

nd/23rd October, the BCU Student Safety Seminar is taking place at Plas y Brenin in North Wales. This is a fantastically informative course which will be great for your personal development. (See website for more details- http://www.pyb.co.uk/courses-bcu-student-safety-seminar.php ). For anyone with previous paddling experience who is willing to help out at Sunday sessions and invest in the club, we are willing to subsidize the cost of the course for you, meaning it will only cost you about £40 (travel, accommodation) for a weekend trip. If you are interested in a place, TURN UP THIS SUNDAY (9th October) FOR A CHAT WITH ONE OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

-The intermediate white water trip will be on more challenging white water and suitable for paddlers with a bit more experience.

-There will also be a First Aid course later on in the term, again subsidized if you get involved with club activities. 

Right, that’s all from me. See you all on Sunday!!

Serin

OUCKC President

Warwick B(ronze!)

Essential for any tournament

Saturday morning and the 4-man polo B-team tour Oxford in search of boats, scattered by flooding! After collection from Cowley, and a brief hunt for the ever-elusive Ross, we were off and away!

The first match saw a team learning how to play with each other, understanding each members’ strengths and weaknesses, and Ross remembering he’s a Keeper! Having drawn 1-1, we brought in the positives, learned the lessons and gained Mike, a wonderful ringer in pink shorts, to take us up to 5.

 

The next 2 games were a great success, with goals galore against Bangor & ULU! Our final match of the pools was against Southampton. Unlucky in our shots and Southampton lucky in theirs, this saw us 1-0 up at half time, before Southampton got away 2 to win the game.

This put us in the 3rd-4th play-offs against… SOUTHAMPTON! This time the Oxford Bs took no chances. A very convincing team performance and a cool head from Mark as he was binned gave us a 5-2 victory and Bronze medal.

Hero.Mark’s heroic sacrificial pass mid-bin gives the ball to Mike

A great tournament all-round and a demonstration of how team play really does win the day, thanks to Mark, Ross, Matt (and of course Mike!).

Matt, Tom, Ross, Mark, Mike

Tom x

Welcome to the New Freshers!

It’s the start of another year, and once again OUCKC is ready with a full calendar of activities for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Come along to Freshers Fair to meet us, and then come and join us on the river – whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned pro, come along and enjoy an afternoon on the river, away from the books and libraries.

A full list of the upcoming events will be available soon!

Update: Come & Try It
When: Sun 13th 13:30 or 15:00
Where: Port Meadow
What: An introductory session

Followed by a few drinks in the Jude the Obscure on Walton St.