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    Thanks to everyone that came last weekend to the club weekend. Although I only paddled on Sunday in the rain and wind it was great to see everyone out and enjoying paddling. The windy conditions gave everyone a chance to experience some challenging conditions and learn some good stuff.
    A huge thanks to all the coaches who gave up their weekend to come out and teach, everyone I spoke to learnt lots so thanks to Colin, Tony, Rowland and Jake. If you bump into them over the next month or so a personal “thank you “means a lot.
    So for some of you who are new to the Canoe Club then you are probably thinking what happens next, how do I continue getting out paddling with this fine group of people?
    The club has a website www.obancanoeclub.org.uk which has lots of good info about the club , pictures of the committee ! and useful links but the most useful bit is the club forum. This is where current trips are announced, and arrangements made so it’s definitely worth getting a log in to the forum so that you can see any future trips and make comments.
    We also have a Facebook page, Oban Canoe Club , which we also use but not as much as the forum but we will try to keep it updated as much as possible.
    The club runs several types of trips, for the river paddles we have a regular Tuesday evening run on the Awe. We meet at the barrage about 6:00pm to arrange a car shuttle before setting off. The Awe is a grade 2/3 river that is dam controlled so that we can paddle all summer long. It’s ideal for gaining experience and lots of folk have started their white water paddling here. If you are an existing river paddler then you are welcome any time. We are planning to run a beginner’s course soon so watch the forum and FB to see that announced.
    On the salty side there is a calendar on the website with official club trips listed, these are being organised by an authorised trip leader and will be graded according to the level of paddler they are aimed at. Nearer each date the trip organiser will put a separate thread on the forum with the details and you will be able to respond and book on. Numbers may be limited.
    During the summer June and I often go for an evening paddle, a simple couple of hours on the water looking for wildlife based around Oban and if we are going out then we will stick a notice on the forum, usually at the beginning of the week once we have seen a weather forecast.
    Other club members also go for a personal paddle and will occasionally stick the details onto the forum to invite others to join them. If you decide to go on one of these trips, then you are going a part of a peer group which means you share the responsibility for yours and the groups safety.
    For those of you just starting your kayaking careers you may need to be renting some of the club equipment. We have 4 sea boats and 3 river boats available for hire which are stored in town and cost £10 for an evening hire and £15 for a day hire. They will need transported to the start of the paddle and back again, if you have the means to carry a boat on your car then great nut if you don’t then trip organisers can help if asked. Either way you can certainly help with the lifting and carrying. So if you hoping to come on a trip speak to the organiser (in good time ) to arrange collection of boats.
    We also keep a limited amount of Buoyancy aids and jackets so if you need those they can be made available.
    Plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy our great sport so keep in touch
    Dave
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