Who are Gloucester Canoe Club?
Gloucester Canoe Club (GCC) was formed by a group of enthusiastic canoeists who wanted to offer the sport out to others. This is still the same and paddlers of all ability and experience will always be welcome. We pride ourselves on being a social and friendly club, keeping as much informality as possible, whilst maintaining sufficient structure and organisation to participate in the sport safely.
When do we meet?
The club meets generally every Tuesday evenings between March and October at our boat store at the club house. See our club diary page for details. Members are there between 6 and 6.30 hatching plans for the evenings paddling and entertainment. Every Tuesday is training night where experienced paddlers develop their skills for marathon racing. Tuesdays are also used for Induction, general skills sessions and moving water training, although this takes place at Symonds Yat. We also offer sessions on local rivers on a number of Friday evenings from April through October and try to organise tours covering a range of interests and activities. River sessions could be up or down stream ‘trips’ but also be based around skills development on moving water.
It is worth letting us know if you intend to come along before a Friday night session as we can give you directions to our launch point and ensure there is spare kit if necessary. It also enables us to confirm we will actually be meeting there as we do use other locations around the county and beyond from time to time depending on conditions.
Gloucester Canoe Club (GCC) was formed many years ago, over forty years we believe. The members are mixed bunch of people from all walks of life with a shared interest in getting fresh air, paddling and socialising.
Paddlers of all levels are welcome – existing members range from those who have paddled all over the world to those just starting out. There is always someone to paddle with and others to offer advise. The club is affiliated to the British Canoe Union (BCU) and are working towards BCU Clubmark status.
In 2015 the club merged with ADJ who have primarily been a ‘training’ club to teach people of all ages to canoe. ADJ arrange regular Friday paddles and these will continue. ADJ also bring some sea kayaking experience. The merger will provide a much wider range of opportunities with events organised on all kinds of water for paddlers of all abilities.