Deva Canoe Club is based at The Riverside Centre, Lower Park Road, Chester, CH4 7BB where we paddle on the River Dee and weir. From April until September we meet on Thursday evenings starting at 6.00 p.m. From October to March we meet regularly on Sunday afternoons, between 1.00 and 3.00pm. See our calendar of events for times and dates.
New paddlers are welcome to come and join in a few sessions as ‘guests’, before deciding whether to join the Club. This will give you the opportunity to sample ‘real’ canoeing, get free coaching, advice on boats and equipment, and meet a lot of friendly people who are interested in a range of different paddle sports. Under the terms of our insurance, people are able to attend up to a maximum of three sessions as ‘guests’ after which they would be expected to become members of the club.
The club has a wide range of boats and equipment that it is prepared to let guests use in order to get started in the sport. There will be a charge per session of £5 for the use of the Centre and £2 for use of club equipment (Members pay £3 per session and the use of club equipment is free).
Equipment and Clothing
We can supply everything to get you onto the water for the first time.
Boats, paddles, buoyancy aids, spray decks and helmets can be provided by the club. We also have basic cagoules to keep you comfortable, although if you have your own kit we encourage you to bring it. All our equipment is checked and replaced regularly.
You will require a change of clothing, footwear and a towel.
On the water thin, warm layers are best with either track bottoms or old lightweight trousers (not jeans or thick cotton) and old trainers or shoes.
A wetsuit or over trousers are alternative options if you have them.
We always advise beginners not to buy any equipment until they have had a chance to try club kit and chat with members. Local canoe and paddle sport retailers give Deva CC members discounts. (e.g. Go Kayaking in Runcorn and Manchester Canoes and Kayaks in Warrington).