Where, What, When do we paddle

LCP are one of the most active white water clubs in the country. Rarely a week goes by without a paddle of some sorts. During the winter months paddles are confined to the weekends, with river runs on most Saturday mornings. These include everything from river runs on Upper Bann or the Blackwater in Benburb to Open Boat sessions on the river Lagan.

During the summer months members can be found on Wednesday evenings at our usual haunt on the river Lagan at Shaw’s bridge or further afield playing at Toome. Depending on conditions and availability ad hock midweek sessions are often arranged between club members, however strict conditions apply.

Our base is at the Glenmore activity centre in Lisburn, which lies adjacent to the river Lagan, where many current members cut their teeth.. Glenmore provides flat water paddling on the Lagan which is suitable for all levels. Coaching and introductory sessions are conducted at Glenmore under the guidance of one or more of our coaches.

Junior sessions are run throughout the year with pool sessions at the Olympia Leisure centre in the winter months and river sessions at Shaw’s Bridge during the warmer months. These require pre-booking as spaces are limited.

During the winter months members can be found infiltrating Wednesday evening pool sessions at the Robinson centre, Castlereagh. These are open sessions open to all but have no affiliation to LCP.

For the more experienced LCP run weekly sessions on rivers across the country and further a field, While these are usually daily trips,  we have recently organised weekend trips to Wet West Paddle fest in Scotland, Crana fest in Donegal and the Tyne Tour in Northumberland. In 2012 and 2014 we organised self contained trips to the French Alps. Self contained meaning that no outside leaders, coachers or providers were involved in either the organisation or the river leading.

Its also been rumoured that LCP have a growing Sea Paddling Section. Evidence was found during the summer months of 2014 when rivers had dried up and a number of members where observed paddling around the islands of Strangford Lough on a weekly basis.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>