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LUUCC is a very active club. We have activities throughout the week all year round as well as weekends away, competitions, and large social gatherings. Check out the calendar and the descriptions below for more details.

Weekly Activities

Monday - Pool session - Skills

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The Edge swimming pool @ 8:45PM

What's it about!?

The skills session is focused on coaching anyone and everyone who wants to develop those essential kayaking skills. Everything is taught, from safely entering and exiting the boat, and the basics of paddling to fancy pants moves for the more advance paddler. It's more than just a coaching session! It's also a great time to meet and socialise with fellow kayakers. You'll find that whilst some people are being coached, others chill out by the pool side.

How long does it last!?

The pool session lasts until 10:20PM. But that's not it! After people have changed, we meet by the chapel for a brief chat, where the committee will tell you about the amazing events that will unfold over the next 7 days and any important announcements. After this, we head over to the Old Bar for a while before heading home.

Where's it at!?

The pool session is at the Edge's swimming pool. Check out the maps page to see where it is and get directions.

What's it cost!?

We only ask for a measly £1 for our pool sessions if you're an LUUCC member and £3 if you're not. We usually offer an introductory concession for the first couple of weeks where everyone can attend our sessions for £1.

Visit our How to join page for step by step guides on how to become a member of LUUCC.

What do i need!?

All you need is your beautiful self, your usual swimming gear - some prefer to wear a t-shirt/rash vest as well, a towel, a pound for the locker (returnable), and some cash to pay the session fees.


Wednesday - Social night out

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What's it about!?

Join us for our weekly social, where we usually end up practicing both drinking and social skills! Every Wednesday, rain or shine, we come together and partake in varying activities. Drinking is definitely recommended but not at all necessary, as we try and do socials that give you a bit more then just a trip to the pub. We've previously been trampolining, laser quest and mini golf. There are no prerequisites and all abilities are welcome from beginner to expert.

How long does it last!?

From about 7PM until you manage/decide to crawl back home.

Where's it at!?

We usually meet at Old Bar, although locations vary week by week depending on the social. After the initial activities, the hardcore of us will usually head out and explore the Leeds night-life!

What's it cost!?

The world is your oyster. Spend as little or as much as you wish. Clubs and events in Leeds tend to ask for an entry fee. We'll do our best to try to get a cheap a price as possible. Don't worry, we'll tell you well in advance of any entry fees.

What do i need!?

All you need is your beautiful self, anything with the Queen's head or the words 'Visa' or 'Mastercard' on it, the desire to have a really good social, and fancy dress if the occasion asks of it.


Thursday - Pool session - Canoe polo

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The Chapel @ 8:45PM

What's it about!?

Canoe polo is a fun, up and coming kayaking sport. It's rumoured that it'll be in the Olympics by the year 2026. The game is actually played in kayaks and most people describe it as a mix between water polo, basketball, and rugby. It's a competitive, fast paced, light contact sport where teams of 5 attempt to score goals against each other.

The session coaches people of all abilities, from beginners to experts in the skills and tactics of canoe polo. Each session will cover various skills and tactics, where you'll be able to put them in to practice during a game.

Whilst you might not be initially interested in learning to play the game, it's a great platform for you to dial in those kayaking abilities for other forms kayaking.

It's more than just a canoe polo session! It's also a great time and place to hang out with your hangover, where you get to gossip about the goings on of last night or this morning ;).

How long does it last!?

The canoe polo session lasts until about 10:20PM. But that's not it! After people have changed, we move our equipment back over to the chapel where we'll meet for a brief chat. The committee will tell you about the amazing events that will unfold over the weekend and any important announcements. After this, we head over to the Old Bar for a couple drinks before heading home around midnight.

Where's it at!?

We meet at the Chapel to move equipment over to the Edge's swimming pool. Everyone who turns up to the session should help to move the equipemnt across please. Check out the maps page to see where it is and get directions.

What's it cost!?

We only ask for a measly £1 for our pool sessions if you're an LUUCC member and £3 if you're not. We usually offer an introductory concession for the first couple of weeks where everyone can attend our sessions for £1.

Visit our How to join page for step by step guides on how to become a member of LUUCC.

What do i need!?

All you need is your beautiful self, your usual swimming gear - some prefer to wear a t-shirt/rash vest as well, a towel, a pound for the locker (returnable), and some cash to pay the session fees.


Sunday - River trip

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The Chapel @ 9:00AM

What's it about!?

White water kayaking is a fun and exciting way spend those boring Sundays before the dreaded Monday! Definitly a grand way to end the week!

We go to a river, somewhere beautiful, where we'll get gnarly on some white water. We negotiate the twists and turns of the river. Each week we either have beginner river trips or an intermediate to advance river trips.

How long does it last!?

We usually get back to the chapel about 6-8PM. Just in time to get a shower, have dinner, and watch a bit of Netflix before bed. Grand.

Where's it at!?

River trips are beautiful days out away from the urban jungle. You'll visit various places across the north of England and Wales, like the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, North Pennines, and Snowdonia. Check out the maps page to check out the various locations we tend to visit.

What's it cost!?

We only ask for £10 for our river trips. It doesn't matter where we go, we'll always ask for the same amount.

Bare in mind that you for insurance purposes, you must be a member of LUUCC to be able to come on one of our river trips.Youll also have needed to attend at least one pool session to ensure you've gone over basic river safety. Visit our How to join page for a step by step guide on how to become an LUUCC member, if you're not a member yet.

What do i need!?

You'll need some clothing for on and off the water, some food and drink, and something to dry yourself with. A more inclusive list can be found on our What you need page.

Weekends Away

1st Weekend November - Tyne Tour

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What's it about!?

Tyne Tour is a great white water kayaking weekend to start the paddling year off! Full of fancy dress, booze, pubs and a club, fireworks, bonfire, Ceilidh, camping, and of course, kayaking!

We set off from Leeds late Friday afternoon/early evening in fancy dress, where we'll head up to Hexham, pitch tents, grab some beers and dinner, watch the amazing firework display, and go to Hexham's very exclusive club. Saturday we paddle the beautiful river of the North Tyne with the infamous Wardens George. Once off the river, we grab some more beers and dinner before we head over to the Ceilidh to dance our asses off. On Sunday, we paddle a river again before packing up and heading home.

We hold a T-shirt competition for this weekend, where you'll get the chance to design a T-shirt for the group to wear. As you can see from the photos of this event, everyone like to wear the designed T-shirt.

How long does it last!?

We set off on Friday afternoon/evening and usually get back to the chapel about 6-8PM on Sunday. Just in time to get a shower, have dinner, and watch a bit of Netflix before bed. Grand.

Where's it at!?

Hexham in Northumberland. Check out the maps page if you're curious.

What's it cost!?

Somewhere between £20-40, depending on the charges pushed on us for things like tickets. We'll only provide one dinner and breakfast for both days, so you'll also need some cash for drinks and food for the rest of the time.

Bare in mind that you for insurance purposes, you must be a member of LUUCC to be able to come on one of our river trips. Visit our How to join page for a step by step guide on how to become an LUUCC member, if you're not a member yet.

What do i need!?

You'll need some clothing for on and off the water, some food and drink, and something to dry yourself with. A more inclusive list can be found on our What you need page.


1st Weekend after exams - Lakes Weekend

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What's it about!?

The Lakes weekend is a great weekend to get away and relax after the stress of Janruary exams. It's a white water kayaking weekend where we stay in a cosy bunkhouse in the south of the Lake district. A great mixture of chilling, drinking, having great bants with friends, and exploring the rivers that the Lake District has to offer.

We set off from Leeds late Friday afternoon/early evening to the bunkhouse, where we'll chill out, relax, play some games, and have a few beers. On Saturday, the intermediate and advanced paddlers will head off to do a gnarly river in the morning, everyone will meet up for lunch, and then everyone will paddle a beginner friendly river in the afternoon. Once back at the bunkhouse, we'll cook a scrummy dinner, where the night's entertainment will be similar to Friday night. On Sunday we'll go out paddling again all morning and afternoon before heading home to Leeds.

How long does it last!?

We set off on Friday afternoon/evening and usually get back to the chapel about 6-8PM on Sunday. Just in time to get a shower, have dinner, and watch a bit of Netflix before bed. Grand.

Where's it at!?

South of the Lake District. Check out the maps page if you're curious.

What's it cost!?

Somewhere between £20-40, depending on various charges. Bring some cash for the pub.

Bare in mind that you for insurance purposes, you must be a member of LUUCC to be able to come on one of our river trips. Visit our How to join page for a step by step guide on how to become an LUUCC member, if you're not a member yet.

What do i need!?

You'll need some clothing for on and off the water, some food and drink, and something to dry yourself with. A more inclusive list can be found on our What you need page.


1st Weekend March - NSR!

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What's it about!?

The National Student Rodeo (NSR) is the largest freestyle kayaking competition in the world, where the competition and party are of epic properortions organised by yours truly, LUUCC. It's so spectacular that we had to give it it's very own website, so the world may know its name. Students from all over Great Britain flock to NSR to enjoy the epicness.

We set off from Leeds early Friday evening to the home of NSR that is Holme Pierrepont (HPP) in Nottingham. As soon as we get there, we pitch tents and get straight in party mode where you'll shake your ass and drink like the best of them. There are various heats throughout Saturday morning and afternoon that you'll take part in and be entertained with. Once the kayaking draws to an end for the day, you'll be fed a tasty dinner, where a bar will be open and entertainment such as the NSR kayaking video competition will be shown. Once everyone has been rejuvenated, it's time to get your fancy dress on and party like it's 2015. After some blurry moments, you'll realise it's Sunday, where you'll battle it out on the water through various stages of finals to earn points. As Brucie used to say, "What do points make?",...Prizes! The points that you earn go towards helping us win a prize for our club. We could just fiddle the system, but we're not like that. We have pride and want to earn our prizes the honest way. Not only that, but you could win some amazing prizes, such as professional coaching, a kayaking trip abroad, very sexy and expensive kit, and much more!

Anyone who misses this event is a fool! It truly is an amazing event that people reminisce about afterwards. Everyone should also compete! Beginners always get the best prizes, meaning that you don't have to be a pro at freestyle kayaking to do well and walk away with an amazing prize!

How long does it last!?

We set off Friday evening and usually get back to the chapel about 6-8PM on Sunday. Just in time to get a shower, have dinner, and watch a bit of Netflix before bed. Grand.

Where's it at!?

Holme Pierrepont (HPP) in Nottingham. Check out the maps page if you're curious.

What's it cost!?

Somewhere between £40-60, depending on how cheap the rodeo bosses can make the event for. Bring some cash for food and drink.

Bare in mind that you for insurance purposes, you must be a member of LUUCC to be able to come on one of our river trips. Visit our How to join page for a step by step guide on how to become an LUUCC member, if you're not a member yet.

What do i need!?

You'll need some clothing for on and off the water, some food and drink, and something to dry yourself with. A more inclusive list can be found on our What you need page.

Competitions

Late-November - BUCS White Water Racing

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What's it about!?

You paddle a river as fast as possible. The fastest person wins. It's as simple as that. It's great fun!

Anyone who is fairly confident on white water should participate. An easy way to guage is that if you don't swim much on beginner trips, then you should be fine!

How long does it last!?

We usally set off about 9am and return for around 6pm on the same day.

Where's it at!?

The Washburn at Blubberhouses. Check out the Maps page if you're curious.

What's it cost!?

Somewhere between £15-30. There is a burger van, so bring some cash for food and drink.

Bare in mind that you for insurance purposes, you must be a member of LUUCC to be able to come on one of our river trips. Visit our How to join page for a step by step guide on how to become an LUUCC member, if you're not a member yet.

What do i need!?

You'll need some clothing for on and off the water, some food and drink, and something to dry yourself with. A more inclusive list can be found on our What you need page.


Mid-February - BUCS Slalom

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What's it about!?

I'm sure you've seen canoe and kayak slalom at the Olympics. BUCS slalom is exactly that but at a university and college level. If you haven't, canoe and kayak slalom is when you negotiate gates placed anywhere along a white water course. If you miss or touch a gate, you get a penalty added to your time. It's great fun!

Anyone who is fairly confident on white water should participate. An easy way to guage is that if you don't swim much on beginner trips, then you should be fine!

How long does it last!?

We usally set off about 9am and return for around 6pm on the same day.

Where's it at!?

Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, known as the Barrage, in Stockton on Tees. Check out the Maps page if you're curious.

What's it cost!?

Somewhere between £15-30. There is a cafe and a watersports shop on site, so bring some cash for food and drink.

Bare in mind that you for insurance purposes, you must be a member of LUUCC to be able to come on one of our river trips. Visit our How to join page for a step by step guide on how to become an LUUCC member, if you're not a member yet.

What do i need!?

You'll need some clothing for on and off the water, some food and drink, and something to dry yourself with. A more inclusive list can be found on our What you need page.


April - BUCS Canoe polo

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What's it about!?

Canoe polo, the great sport that is rumoured to be introduced to the Olympics by 2026 is played university and college level. The game is actually played in kayaks and most people describe it as a mix between water polo, basketball, and rugby. It's a competitive, fast paced, light contact sport where teams of 5 attempt to score goals against each other.

We set off from the chapel early Friday evening. Once we get there, we pitch tents, get our kit through scrutineering, and then find some grub and drinks, where we'll chill around a BBQ and/or a fire until sleepy time. We play games throughout Saturday, where we'll enjoy leaving all other teams in our wake. Once we've demolished the opposition, we'll find some more grub and drinks before heading to the fancy dress polo party, where you'll shake your booty like you just don't care. Whoop whoop!

On Sunday, we continue to demolish the opposition throughout the day before being awarded a beautiful medal. Afterwards we'll pack our tents, and be on our way home feeling happy with our acheivement.

The highest we've ever come is 7th, so this is a little bit of a fantasy, but this was last year, so who knows what we could do this year and we certainly had fun trying to be the best.

How long does it last!?

We set off Friday evening and usually get back to the chapel about 6-8PM on Sunday. Just in time to get a shower, have dinner, and watch a bit of Netflix before bed. Grand.

Where's it at!?

Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre in Doncaster. Check out the Maps page if you're curious.

What's it cost!?

Somewhere between £15-30. Bring some cash for food and drink for the weekend.

Bare in mind that you for insurance purposes, you must be a member of LUUCC to be able to come on one of our river trips. Visit our How to join page for a step by step guide on how to become an LUUCC member, if you're not a member yet.

What do i need!?

You'll need some clothing for on and off the water, some food and drink, and something to dry yourself with. A more inclusive list can be found on our What you need page.

Large social events

Early December - Christmas Meal

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What's it about!?

It's time to celebrate Christmas! We'll meet up in fancy dress, have plenty of drinks and a lovely sophisicated sit down dinner like the scene out of Hook before heading out to the coolest bars and clubs that Leeds have to offer. We usually have a £1 secret santa, which you'll be surprised at what you can buy for £1, good and bad.

How long does it last!?

Some time early in the evening and you'll be back when ever you decide to crawl home.

Where's it at!?

Some where in and around Leeds.

What's it cost!?

Around £10-£15.

What do i need!?

Just yourself, your fancy dress, a secret santa prize and some cash for drinks.


Mid February - AGM

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What's it about!?

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is where you get the chance to become part of the committee for the wonderful club that is the canoe club. It will be a night of awkward speeches and silly questions. We usually hold the AGM at a local curry house, where you'll be able to sip a few beverages. If you're going for a committee position, we advise that you don't drink too many unless you want to give an hilarious speech. ;)

Once the drinks have been drunk, the curry has been eaten, and the new committee have been voted in, the new social sex will choose a bar to move the evening to, where the real fun of the evening will start. The AGM usually brings everyone out and it certainly turns out to be one of the best nights of the year!

How long does it last!?

Some time early in the evening and you'll be back when ever you decide to crawl home.

Where's it at!?

The AGM is held at 7 Spices and will continue on to the lush bars and clubs that Leeds has to offer.

What's it cost!?

Around £10-£15.

What do i need!?

Just yourself looking rather dapper in your fine clothes, your speech if you're running for a position, and some cash for drinks.


Mid May - Summer Meal

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What's it about!?

It's a time to celebrate that the summer is here! We'll meet up in fancy dress, play summer related games, give awards, have plenty of drinks and a grand meal before heading out to the coolest bars and clubs in Leeds.

How long does it last!?

We meet some time early in the afternoon and you'll be back when ever you decide to crawl home.

Where's it at!?

Some where in and around Leeds.

What's it cost!?

Around £10-£15.

What do i need!?

Just yourself, your fancy dress, and some cash for drinks