Aston University Kayak Club
We are a very sociable club with a keen interest in kayaking and canoeing. There are many different disciplines of kayaking. Our club focuses primarily on white water, freestyle and canoe polo.
White water entails travelling across the country to some of the best whitewater rapids and rivers in the UK. This is suitable for all abilities and is great fun.
Freestyle is the art of doing tricks in a specialised boat. This is often for the more advanced paddlers and once you have a few tricks under your belt there are a number of competitions you can enter.
Canoe polo is basically water polo in kayaks. Very fast and aggressive. Great Fun.
How did it start, how did you become involved, and what is your role?
This year I’m chairman of the Aston Uni Canoe Club. I started paddling pre-uni, saw this club and thought it looked awesome so joined in. Since joining I’ve paddled across the world and had some of the best times of my life. If you’re not too keen on the wet side we have a big social group which comes and supports us at events and lives by the motto of ‘go hard or go home’.
Where do you kayak? Do you get out on trips as often as possible? Where are some of the coolest places you’ve been?
Club trips tend to be once a month, however, we have trips out most weekends which you can jump onto. I’ve been to Chile, Uganda, Slovenia, Germany, Austria and France. Norway is definitely on the list!!
Do you need experience or to be of a certain level? Do you need your own equipment?
No. Everything is provided and we cater for all!
What is the best memory you have of being a member?
How many members do you have?
We have primarily undergraduates from all year groups. On the books we have around 50 members of which around 30 can turn up on a trip
How often do you meet? How much time will it take up?
Pool sessions are twice a week. Trips are once a month. Commit as much or as little as you like.
How can people join and how much does it cost to join your student society?
It costs £10 to join. Trips are around £40 which includes food, accommodation, transport, kit and insurance.