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Student Kayak Guide – Surviving Your First Club Trip

Surviving your first Uni Club trip is all about preparation.

Surviving Your First Club Trip
Surviving Your First Club Trip

Firstly do you have the right kit and/or access to the right kit? If not get the very basics sorted. It’s going to be a miserable trip if you get really cold. Make sure you have a dry set of kit to get changed into at the end of the trip, something nice and warm is always a great idea and include a hat. A large beach towel is good bit of kit to get hold of. You’ll need to put this kit into something and also be able to carry your wet kit home with you. Ikea bags and plastic “bags for life” are superb for this job.

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Student Kayaker Gear Guide 2019

Although this buyers guide is directed at students in reality it will apply to anyone thinking about taking up the sport. Over the next few weeks many students will be starting Uni and will be looking at joining a club.

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In most cases the Kayak/Canoe club in a university will be the best club to join. That can pretty much be guaranteed.

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Student Kayak Guide – Surviving Your First Club Trip

Surviving your first Uni Club trip is all about preparation.

Firstly do you have the right kit and/or access to the right kit? If not get the very basics sorted. It’s going to be a miserable trip if you get really cold. Make sure you have a dry set of kit to get changed into at the end of the trip, something nice and warm is always a great idea and include a hat. A large beach towel is good bit of kit to get hold of. You’ll need to put this kit into something and also be able to carry your wet kit home with you. Ikea bags and plastic “bags for life” are superb for this job.

Double check you have everything with you before you leave the house/halls. There is only one thing worse then getting to the mini bus and realising that you have forgotten something critical and that is getting off the bus at the start of the paddle and realising that you have forgotten something critical.

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Student Kayaker Buyers Guide 2017

Although this buyers guide is directed at students in reality it will apply to anyone thinking about taking up the sport. Over the next few weeks many students will be starting Uni and will be looking at joining a club. In most cases the Kayak/Canoe club in a university will be the best club to join. That can pretty much be guaranteed.

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National Student Rodeo – Topo Heats 2016

The Topo heats this Saturday at the National Student Rodeo 2016 were pretty good. Going deep, getting air and lots of attempted Supermans. A great show.

National Student Rodeo - Topo Heats 2016

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Dart Dash

After over a year of planning Plymouth University’s Canoe Club’s first Dart Dash took place on the last weekend of January. The Dart Dash is an inter-university white water kayak race with both ‘Advanced’ and ‘Intermediate’ being held on the last three drops of the Upper Dart towards New Bridge and the ‘Beginner’ section-taking place between New Bridge and Spitchwick Common. (The Advanced section also included compulsory slalom poles that had to be made).

Dart Dash

The levels the morning of the Dart Dash race day were high (lapping the steps), however they were quickly dropping, presenting the perfect conditions for the time of the race.

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GUCC Season 2014/2015

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A year of paddling with Glasgow Uni Canoe Club (GUCC).

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SUCC National Student Rodeo NSR 2015

A great little edit from Andy Cumino (Sheffield University Canoe Club).

SUCC National Student Rodeo NSR 2015

NSR winners Sheffield University Canoe Club proudly present the National Student Rodeo 2015.

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NSR Old School Competition 2015

NSR Old School Competition 2015

At last weekend’s National Student Rodeo I took a few minutes of video during the Old School competition.

The raw footage can be seen here.

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National Student Rodeo 2015 – II

I have over 1k of images from this year’s National Student Rodeo (NSR). Some have already been posted on the site and on Unsponsored’s Facebook page.

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BUCS Slalom Teesside 2015 – More Images

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More action from last weekend’s BUCS Slalom championships.

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BUCS Slalom Teesside 2015 – Day 1

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The British Universities & Colleges Sports – Canoe Slalom started today (14th Feb 2015) here on sunny Teesside. The Tees International Whitewater Course is the venue for this annual event. Univesity teams travel from across the UK attend to take part. Continue reading

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