We are a Club Mark accredited canoe club based in excellent facilities at Bungay Riverside Centre, beside the River Waveney, which marks the border between Suffolk and Norfolk. We offer opportunities for beginners and experienced paddlers to develop skills in a very safe, sociable environment.
Background & information
Waveney Valley Canoe Club has existed for over sixty years and currently has over 100 members, our membership is made up of family groups, and individuals.
We are located at the Riverside Centre, Bungay Staithe, where we have a well stocked boat shed with a variety of modern canoes, kayaks, paddles and safety equipment available to all members, allowing them to participate without the need to invest in equipment. There are also male and female changing rooms equipped with showers, with toilets outside the changing areas.
Our activities are firmly based on British Canoe Union accredited skills courses provided by club coaches, who are highly qualified volunteers. Individual courses are tailored to junior or adult paddlers and build skills from beginner to advanced level. These skills enhance our enjoyment of paddling and enable us to care for each other's safety on the water. Members are encouraged and supported in developing coaching skills. This helps to provide a firm foundation for the clubs future.
In addition to the courses run in the summer months, we also have an informal club night offering the opportunity to practice skills and enjoy social paddling. We also have swimming pool sessions both winter and summer to develop rescue and rolling skills.
The Club organises a variety of trips including; touring, white water and sea kayaking. These can be day trips, on local rivers, the Broads or East Anglian coastal waters and estuaries, or farther afield to artificial white water venues. We also stay over night at camp sites or use bunk house facilities to paddle some classic British rivers such as the Wye, Dee and Tryweryn.
The club has signed up to the Keep Britain Tidy and Anglian Water RiverCare scheme and has adopted our local stretch of river to maintain a clean, pollution free waterway.