Welcome to the website of Lee Valley Paddlesports Club
Proud to be the resident club at Lee Valley White Water Centre
The Centre opened its doors to us for our first Club Night on Wednesday 7th May 2014 and, with your involvement and support, we continue to develop and deliver part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy.
Our vision is for a vibrant, friendly club offering a full range of paddle sports. Whether you are a beginner, or a world champion, we welcome you to Lee Valley Paddlesports Club!
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LVPC Bank Safety Volunteering.
The Club offers lower cost access to Lee Valley Whitewater because our members volunteer to provide bank safety cover. We need at least two bank safety volunteers for each one-hour club session. We ask all eligible Club Members to volunteer, those that can’t help with bank safety can do so in different ways, for example by covering the reception desk or tidying the storage shed.
You need to have completed either a Whitewater Safety and Rescue course OR a Stadium Safety and Rescue Course. The Club offers the Stadium course several times a year as well as more advanced spinal extraction training.
You also need to complete a one hour, LVPC site specific induction session. If you have not carried out any safety cover in the 12 months following this session, we’ll ask you to repeat it. We run induction sessions about once a month.
For your first session, you’ll be able to shadow an experienced bank safety volunteer. We also provide a copy of the induction training notes and a checklist each time you volunteer.
You can only provide bank safety on the courses for which you are signed off to paddle. If you are signed off to paddle the Legacy, you can provide safety for Legacy. If you are signed off to paddle the Olympic, you can provide safety for either Legacy or Olympic.
If you have volunteered to cover a 6:30pm Wednesday or 9:00am Sunday session, it’s very important you are onsite at least 15 – 20 minutes beforehand. This is to allow enough time to collect equipment, complete the course check, and radio the Duty Manager to turn the water on. The pumps won’t start until two safety people are on the bank.
Normally volunteers cover a session about once every 8 – 10 weeks. You’ll receive an email invitation each Sunday evening and it’s very simple to accept or decline as you wish. We use Spond, a team scheduling app and recommend you install this on your phone, but you can use email if you wish. Once you have committed, please do all you can to attend. If you can’t make a session you can message other bank safety volunteers directly on the Spond app to find a replacement.
What you get in return
A warm inner glow from helping clubmates and you keep your whitewater safety skills up to date!
You’ll also qualify for a free paddling session on the course of your choice. Many Club Members come for the evening, do a bank safety session then paddle the next session free of charge. On Sunday morning you can easily stay on for a public paddling session.
If you have any further questions about becoming a bank safety volunteer, would like to sign up for training, or can offer to help the club in other ways, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaching Opportunities at LVPC
We are looking to take on more coaches / leaders and instructors to assist and run our programmes at the Club. We are specifically looking for white water coaches but would welcome all. If you are able to give up some time on Club Night to train and develop paddlers please contact coachingLVPC@gmail.com
In addition, if you are looking at training up as a coach / leader / instructor please do get in contact as we would like to work with you to get you trained up and help give opportunities to develop your coaching journey.
Coaching Development Officer
Quality Club Award
We are delighted to announce that LVPC was awarded ‘Quality Club’ recognition in 2022 by British Canoeing. Follow this LINK for more information.
Letter from the Chair: The Future of LVPC
Dear Club Members,
We are incredibly fortunate to be the resident club at Lee Valley Whitewater Centre. The members of the Club’s General Committee have been discussing how we build on this foundation and take the Club forwards. We asked ourselves the question “What would give you an even greater sense of enthusiasm, energy and enjoyment from paddling as a club member?” and came up with the following answers:
Our future vision for LVPC
- There is greater club activity beyond Wednesday evenings
Wednesday Club Nights continue to thrive, but Club members enjoy a wider range of paddling opportunities together. These opportunities range from local flatwater trips on the Stort or the Hertford loop, through to sea kayaking, races and whitewater trips. This opens more possibilities for members to try different craft and disciplines. We have an active programme of exchanges and partnerships with other clubs in the UK and beyond. At the LVWWC, members enjoy club activities in addition to the hours of Club Night and there are opportunities to engage in a wider selection of paddle sport disciplines.
- We have a stronger sense of belonging
Doing more things together builds connections between club members and these shared experiences lead to a greater sense of belonging. This creates a virtuous cycle, the more fun people have together the more likely they are to organise, volunteer and take part in trips, which in turn builds the sense of community. Members feel a sense of connection and affinity with the club and each other. They stay involved in the sport for longer and introduce their friends and family to the sport too.
- Paddlesports are more accessible and inclusive, especially for our local community
We make it very straightforward for people of all ages to start paddling with the club, and we offer clear coaching pathways into all the different disciplines. We make it easier, cheaper and less environmentally impactful for members to go paddling, for example by using a minibus and trailer to reduce reliance on multiple cars when travelling. We encourage local people to join and this increases the number for whom LVPC is their primary club.
- We offer a clear talent pathway and meet our Talent Club Partnership commitments
We have strong relationships with local schools and a steady intake of 15 – 20 young people each year, who take part in our slalom programme and join the Performance Pathway. They enjoy a safe and rewarding introduction to the sport, and many start to train and compete in slalom or other disciplines including sprint and marathon. They have access to quality coaching that develops both their paddling and personal skills and helps them to pursue their ambitions as far as they wish. Every child and family who takes part have a positive experience that sets them up for long term participation in competitive or recreational paddle sports.
Over to you!
Thank you to everyone who offered feedback. We are now finalising the next phase of our Club Development Plan that will outline the practical steps and priorities that will move us forward.
Lee Valley Paddlesports Club
Join our Slalom Programme in 2022
We are delighted to be offering a 2022 programme to our Club members who are interested in the discipline of canoe slalom. Our programme is designed to meet a range of needs, from those who would like to improve their boat control by learning slalom technique, to people who are keen to start training and racing.
Whether you are a beginner or already have experience, or whether you are a ‘senior’ or a ‘junior’, please have a look to see if there is an option that you are interested in.
For further details please click and follow the link HERE
The Talent Club Partnership
Read about the Talent Club Partnership initiative between the Club and the England Slalom Talent Programme of British Canoeing based at Lee Valley.
Full details are HERE or you can see a short overview in our News pages.
If you are looking to become a member of Lee Valley Paddlesports Club, please contact our Membership Secretary (Pam Phillips) in the first instance, at email@example.com for more details about joining, as our criteria have changed due to the implementation of COVID-19 guidelines. Water booking availability may be restricted if membership levels continue to rise at their recent rate – so do please check.
Please also be aware that we adjusted our Club Year to reflect the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on our activities during 2020 and 2021. Our Membership Secretary will make sure you have the current information on the duration of new memberships and the associated membership fees.
Given the impact of the COVID-19 containment regulations during 2020, annual memberships for the year 2020-2021 were extended until the 30th September 2021. Any Club Members who have not now renewed will need to re-join the Club through our WebCollect site if they wish to engage in Club activities between now and 30th September 2022.
Lee Valley Paddlesports Club Ltd
Lee Valley Paddlesports Club Ltd is a Private Company Limited by Guarantee without a share capital. Registered in England & Wales, Company Number 8905366. As the resident club at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, our registered address is Lee Valley White Water Centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN9 1AB.
Lee Valley Paddlesports Club Ltd is a community-focused club run by volunteers to promote participation in paddle sports and to provide paddle sports opportunities.