The Club was established about ten years ago and has held “Club Mark” accreditation since 2010. It was set up by a small group of paddlers and parents and was based outside at Devizes Wharf with a small lock up for storage. Over time we have acquired the site at Lower Wharf and with the help of our sponsors and the Canal and River Trust and Wiltshire County Council we have developed the Clubhouse, put up boat and equipment storage buildings, installed our changing rooms and created our canal access.
Since our inception we have acquired a fleet of general purpose kayaks and canoes, and a range of racing kayaks suitable for all ages as well as paddles, buoyancies and gym and training kit. We have run introductory courses for many paddlers and a large number of them have continued to be active Club members.
Partly due to our location we have run training courses for the Devizes to Westminster race since our inception and despite only starting to compete ten years ago we are now in the top three Clubs for race completions since 1985.
The Club also takes part in the Hasler marathon race series, the Waterside and Thameside series of races and regularly sends a contingent to the Liffey Descent race in Ireland. Club paddlers take part in National sprint regattas and we have a particularly strong Junior squad. Club paddlers have represented Great Britain in marathon and Wild Water Racing disciplines.
We have a group of British Canoeing qualified coaches who supervise and run training sessions with assistance from Club volunteers, and have training both on the canal and using our gym and ergo equipment on most days of the week (see Training link).
We also run regular social events including a monthly Club Grub night at the Club, an annual awards evening, barbeques and other events.
You can find us at Lower Wharf off Northgate Street in Devizes (see map). There is ample on street parking in and around Northgate Street. Parking at the Club is restricted to Duty Coaches.
We have a single story Club building with ramped access and which includes an office, a large open plan area with at least half a dozen paddling ergos and mirrors for training purposes and a gym area with plenty of weights and benches and pull up and other equipment. There are also men’s and women’s changing facilities with coin operated showers (taking 20p and £1 coins), a very well equipped kitchen, and a disabled access toilet.
Our extensive boat store is divided in to Club boat storage for k1s and k2s and private boat storage for up to 40 members boats for which we charge an annual storage fee. Storage is on a first come first served basis so you may find there is a short waiting list.
We have exclusive canal access which enables us to get a number of boats on to the canal at once with direct access from the boat store. Once on the canal we have an uninterrupted 15 miles of paddling to the East whilst to the West is a range of locks leading to the Caen flight (useful for portaging practice!).
If you are interested in joining Devizes Canoe Club please see our Membership page.
Members are entitled to the use of Club facilities and Club equipment at all supervised Club Sessions – see Training schedule
Club Sessions are supervised by a qualified coach so that help and advice is available.
The club facilities include the use of club boats, paddles and buoyancy vests during club sessions for those that do not have them. In time and as your knowledge and experience increase you will probably want to buy your own equipment. The Club can provide you with help and advice.
The clubs policies and procedures are available through the members menu which becomes available once logged in.
The Club is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (a “CIO”) and registered with Charity Number 1156402. The Constitution and Rules are available to members here.
In accordance with the club’s constitution we hold an AGM every year, to which all members are invited. Important documents relating to the AGM, including the Trustees’ report to the Charity Commission, annual accounts and AGM minutes are now published in the members’ section here.
The CIO is run by a group of Trustees who are active Club members. The day to day running of the Club is in the hands of a committee, who are appointed annually at our AGM and meet bi monthly. Minutes of the meetings are available to members. Details of the current members of the committee are on the Club notice board and will soon be on here!
The Club coaches run our sessions. There is a coaches meeting bi monthly where coaches can meet to discuss and plan.
Club policies and procedures including our Safety and Operating Policy and Policies covering things like Social Media, Bullying etc are all available to members here and are reviewed regularly.