Event: Paddle sport taster, Sat 14 July

Following the successful rafting sessions in pack meetings last summer the District paddle sport team have arranged some taster sessions for this term.

What to do now: Please check the information on this page carefully as it has been updated with more details about the day, including a change of location. Parking is very limited so please car share if possible

What: The District team is offering a “try a boat” session. Each session gives an hour of time on the water. There will be a large fleet of paddle craft available and each Cub will be able to try paddling as many of those as they wish. The list of available craft is likely to include kayak, open canoe, sit-on-top kayak, stand up paddle board, inflatable canoe, traditional raft and dinghy.

Where: the venue has now changed to the Wey and Arun canal. This is a fantastic location near Loxwood where the team has run evens for the Scouts a number of times. The canal has been widened at the Drungewick slipway which gives us plenty of space to use all our boats. It also allows us to paddle upstream with more competent paddlers. There is space for spectators and the option to walk along the towpath if you wish. The postcode of the new venue is RH14 0RS. If you are coming from Billingshurst direction follow Drungewick Lane (very narrow), cross over the canal bridge and take the entrance approx 100 yard on the left as the road bends right. See our directions online. If dropping off we suggest that you then continue north on Drungewick Lane, returning to Billingshurst via Loxwood Road and avoiding meeting others heading to the event.
Please note that car parking is extremely limited and we encourage car sharing where possible.

When: Our time on the water starts at 14:30 but you will need to arrive around 14:10 to allow time to get changed. We have an hour on the water so should be finished at 15:45

Wear: You should wear appropriate clothes for the event and you will get wet so include a towel and a change of clothes for the journey home. Note that uniform is not required but that you will have a buoyancy aid which must be worn when on any of the water craft. A wetsuit may be worn if you have one. There is a risk of injury from anything sharp at the bottom of the canal so footwear is compulsory. Old trainers or water shoes are perfect. Just remember to bring a dry pair to travel home in. The event will take place in all but the most extreme weather so please dress appropriately for the weather on the day, including bringing hats and sun cream if necessary.

Cost: The cost is £5 per person but we’ve used our Parbrook Cashback to reduce this to £3. This money has been paid to the organisers.

Badges: You will gain a time on the water credit towards that staged badge and will also complete Nautical Skills stage 1. It will also be a new sport for your Skills challenge.

Who: This event was open to all of our Cubs. Our session will be joint with Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack and each pack has 12 places which have now been filled.
Parents are welcome to stay and watch and may be able to use a sit-on-top kayak. If you wish to do so then please ensure you have adequate personal kit with you.

Guest list at 10 July. We now filled all our places, paid the organisers and have all the forms in. Thank you.

  1. Emily (Pd+HF)
  2. Philip (Pd+HF)
  3. Poppy (Pd+HF)
  4. Violet (Pd+HF)
  5. Luke (Pd+HF)
  6. Finn (Pd+HF)
  7. Harry (Pd+HF)
  8. Martha (Pd+HF)
  9. Rohan (Pd+HF)
  10. James (Pd+HF)
  11. Jasmine (Pd+HF)
  12. Izzy (Pd+HF)

Reserve list: Lucybelle, Thomas B, Thomas H

Swimming ability: The Scout Association rules state that all participants should be able to swim 50m in light clothing in order to participate in water sports. However as the canal is only a few metres across we are able to relax this restriction slightly. Please indicate your child’s swimming ability on the form so that we can closely monitor any weaker swimmers. All Cubs will have buoyancy aids and the instructors will be close by so really you just need to be sure that you will be confident in the water, in the likely event that you do fall in.

Existing cuts or broken skin: All open water carries a risk of leptospirosis (Weil’s disease). In order to mitigate this risk please ensure you cover all open cuts or broken skin with a waterproof plaster.

Paperwork: Please complete this special online health form which has extra information needed for this event