When and where does the club meet? We meet weekly from May to September. We meet at Astbury Mere, Congleton. You need to be ready (with all your kit) to get on the water by 18:30. From 18:30 to 18:35, there will be an intro brief. You will not be allowed to get on the water after 18:35. Our sessions on the lake finish at 20:30, and we must vacate the site by 21:00.
Can I just come and paddle? No. To paddle with Crewe and Nantwich Canoe Club (CNCC) you must be a member of the club. We will give you up to two sessions to see if you like us – and of course to see if we like you! You will still need to pay your fee to paddle on the lake for those two sessions but you do not need to be a member. Remember, there is a strict limit of two sessions max before you must join the club in order to paddle with us.
Is there a charge for the lake sessions? Yes. It is £5 per person per session. You can pay online or on the day. You can also pay for the whole season in advance. This is £60 and must be paid, in full, before the end of the second session.
Do I need any previous experience to join CNCC? We ask that you have had some paddling experience OR that you do our Introduction to kayaking course. Please contact us through the website to discuss this.
Do I need my own paddling kit to join the club? No, not initially. We have a selection of kayaks and canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and helmets. You will need warm clothing – preferably not wool or cotton, waterproof top, boating type shoes and a towel. As you progress, we strongly advise you to purchase your own buoyancy aid helmet and paddle, as these items are very personal to you.
How much does it cost to join the club? Our membership fees are clearly set out on the membership form. You can download this from the downloads page, just ‘click’on the “download CNCC Membership Form” button.The downloads page is here. If you have any questions, once you have read the membership form, please contact us through the website.
What sort of boats does the club have? CNCC has a selection of white water boats as well as canoes. We do not have any SUPs, Slalom boats, play boats or sea kayaks. If you have your own SUP, sea kayak etc then you are encouraged to bring it along.
What sort of paddling do you do at CNCC? CNCC is engaged in and encourages all forms of paddling. We regularly run trips on canals; suitable for white water boats, playboats, SUPs, canoes, sea kayaks – in fact almost any boat you like. We also run lots of river trips ranging from grade 1 through to grade 2 (3). Then there is our infamous Anglesey weekend where we have sea kayaking trips, surfing, river running and inflatable monsters. We also have weekend and extended weekend trips for canoes.
Do you charge for trips/coaching? No. Unlike some clubs, we make a single membership charge and charge for club meeting days (Wednesday evenings). We do not charge for any other trip. All expenses – eq travel, accommodation, food etc. are your responsibility, but there is no additional charge. If we engage another coach / facility then there may be a charge for that. For example, if we run a SUP dedicated day at another facility, then there will be a charge for that.
Can I borrow a boat/kit for my own trip outside of a club day? No!
Do you allow children into your club? Yes, but they must be over 13 years old or part of a family membership. This is explained in our membership application form. You can download this from the downloads page, just ‘click’ on the “download CNCC Membership Form” button. The downloads page is here