Sawston Youth Group Canoe Club

• Messing about on the River!

In March 2002 Sawston Youth Group purchased 15 brand new Kayaks for the use of the young people at SYG who are interested in canoeing and water sports. In addition to these kayaks we have a canoe and all the necessary safety gear to makes the use of this equipment as safe as possible.

Below is a list of the SYG Canoe Club events that some members of Sawston Youth Group can take part in. Unless specifically mentioned, these events apply to both Kayakers and Canoeists:




Saturday 24th July -
Thursday 29th July 2021

2021 Annual Residential
Foxlease, New Forest

Some canoeing and kayaking will take place during
our Annual Residential at Foxlease.


For pictures from recent river trips & canoeing events, click HERE.

• Equipment and Safety

SYG owns a fleet of 15 kayaks, a trailer and all the safety clothing that is required for any canoeing trip.
When canoeing with SYG, we expect each attendant to bring appropriate “wet” clothing and footwear to canoe in, a full change of dry clothing with a towel, a packed lunch/tea and a drink, preferably a hot one. All this should be brought in a waterproof bag (2 bin liners will do the trick).

All SYG canoeing staff are fully qualified with the British Canoeing and have many years of experience coaching canoeists. All possible controls are put in place to ensure that canoeing with SYG is a safe and enjoyable activity. One of these controls is that the Instructors word is final, both on and off the water. Please remember this – it is for your safety.

• River Trips

River Trips are an essential part of the British Canoeing awards and are also a lot of fun. They can vary in distance from 2 miles to 8 miles, and will improve your paddling no end. For all river trips you will need to bring a change of clothes, a towel, some lunch and a hot drink in a waterproof bag.

• General Sessions

These sessions can take any format from going to a white-water centre, practicing in swimming pools, competitions and general sessions just for fun. For all sessions, you will need to bring a change of clothes, a towel, some lunch and a hot drink in a waterproof bag.

• Coaching for British Canoeing Awards

British Canoeing has Paddle Awards and Discipline Specific Awards.

If you're looking to get in a boat for the first time, then the Paddle Awards are for you!  The awards will develop your confidence in the craft you choose in a sheltered water environment, developing your fundamental skills and decision making skills, enabling you to start your lifelong journey into paddlesport. 

The Discipline Specific Awards allow you to develop your personal paddling and decision making skills in the craft and environment of your choice.  Available in every craft and environment, the awards are based on your learning, encouraging you in your personal development. So whether your looking to progress your White-water skills, or get into Open Canoeing, the awards are for you! 

Obtaining these awards can count towards your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Physical section.

• Obtaining British Canoeing Awards

All participants should make a record of their river trips in a “log book”. This will be required when they take any British Canoeing Awards.

• Numbers on Trips

Please note that numbers for any canoeing activity must be limited to the amount of equipment available and the recommended instructor to student ratio, as laid down by British Canoeing. This will vary depending on the activity.
With this in mind, places for all canoeing events will be on a first come, first served basis.

Each event will be announced at SYG on a Monday evening, at least 2 weeks in advance and the number of available places will be stated then. If you wish to attend, give your name and money to Steve Burgess, as soon as possible after the announcement.

• Staff

Steve Burgess –  SYG Canoe Co-ordinator
Steve is a BCU Level 1 Coach, and is also co-ordinating all the canoe events and activities this year.
For any information regarding SYG Canoe Club events, please contact Steve.
E-mail: Steve

Paul Whitmell - Instructor

Paul is a BCU Level 2 UKCC Coach as well as a First Aider.
E-mail: Paul

Paul Cain - Instructor

Paul is a BCU Level 2 Coach.
E-mail: Paul

David Chaplin - Instructor

David is a BCU Level 2 Coach.
E-mail: David

Neville Hounsome - Instructor
Neville is a BC Level 2 Coach.

Canoeing at Camp 2021

Canoeing at camp this year at Foxlease and at a location in the New Forest.

We plan to offer a lot of canoeing activities at this years residential at Foxlease, in the New Forest.
This includes some basic techniques to start, and for those who want to progress, extra sessions available.

Check back soon for more information and pictures!


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