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The first question what is LBKCC? LBKCC stands for Leeds Beckett Kayak and Canoe Club.
Establish long long ago, in a galaxy far far away...only kidding, the club was founded years before most of us joined. However it has remained one of the premier university clubs in the country, running trips for all students throughout the year. We are an extremely active club, with pool sessions, river sessions and river trips running ever week throughout the year.
Our main specialty is white water kayaking, but we also regularly take part in Canoe Polo, Kayak Surfing, Slalom, Play Boating and Canadian canoing.
We have pool sessions every Wednesday from 7-9pm thats fantastic for learning or taking your kayak for a roll. This is located at the Carnegie Sports Center (Headingley Campus).
They are a great opportunity to practise your skills in a warm environment, and allow other club members to teach you basic techniques in a very friendly, safe environment.
We also usually go to the pub afterwards so everyone can get to know everyone and hangout, so just wait around afterwards and we will show you were to go.
We also run river trips every fortnight all over; Yorkshire, the Lake and Peak District, anywhere that can offer good rivers or surf.
River sessions usually run on a Sunday and meeting times do change depending on were the trip is going. However we always meet at the sheds located next to the pool.
All kit is provided to members so you need bring only yourselves, a towel, a change of cloths (just encase), some shoes you don’t mind getting wet, swim wear and maybe a fleece to go under the wet-suit on cold days.
We also do a couple of residential trips every year to Wales and even Cornwall in the summer.
Whether a beginner or expert, these trips are your chance to get really immersed in the kayaking experience. You'll be led by a group of experienced paddlers and taken on rivers you can only dream of.
Residential trips are usually run on a combination of demand and availability meaning we can can run 1..2...or more depending on how many people want to come and the availability of our experts and instructors.
N.S.R. stands for the National Students Rodeo and is the world's biggest freestyle kayak event for students. With over 700 entrants and over 1000 party goers, from 36 universities it is held annually at Holme Pierrepont Natinal Water Sports Center In Nottingham.
The club attends every year and the main focus of the competition has been the fun aspect of kayaking. With prizes to be won to for complete novices to experts.
While the competitions takes place during the daytime there is a party on the Friday night with the big party on Saturday. Truly not a weekend to be missed.
We welcome members with any level of experience – most of us have either never been in a boat before or have only been on the water on school activity days. With membership we will help you learn how to kayak, providing advice, equipment, friendship and great nights out along the way. The kayaking club is one of the most active in the university and has a great social atmosphere if you’re not planning on getting wet every week – there really is something for everyone.
If you have your own boat you are welcome to store it at the University Sheds. If you have a boat and would like to know more about this please feel free to drop us a line by email or on our Facebook group.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about LBKCC by you the freshers.
1. Q: Do I need to have kayaked prior to joining this club?
A: You do NOT need any prior kayaking experience in order to kayak in our club, the club provides training for both beginners and experienced kayakers and supports you to a level that you are comfortable with.
2. Q: Do I need to be able to swim?
A: Astonishingly, you do not need to be able to swim to come kayaking. However it is preferable that you can swim at least 50 meters in a swimming pool without having to put your feet down, this is due to that fact that even though the club is very safe, you are likely to get wet, especially as a beginner.
3. Q: If I am a confident paddler what can your club offer to me?
A: As a club we are very much open to all levels of ability, as far as progression goes there is always something to learn and there are always plenty of people to teach, so if you get bored of river running we do run sea kayaking trips, surfing as well as play-boating etc. Feel free to ask if there is something that you are particularly interested in and I am sure we can accommodate you.
4. Q: Do you run club socials? If so when are they?
A: We do run club socials every week. They are very popular and we provide a wide range of activities…. not just alcoholic but also non-alcoholic socials.
5. Q: How often can I paddle?!
A: Luckily for you we are one of the most active clubs in university. We have pool sessions every Wednesday from 7-9pm thats fantastic for learning or taking your kayak for a roll. This is located at the Carnegie Sports Center (Headingley Campus). But thats not all. We also run river trips every fortnight all over; Yorkshire, the Lake and Peak District, anywhere that can offer good rivers or surf. We also do a couple of residential trips every year to Wales and even Cornwall in the summer.
6. Q: How much is this all going to cost me?
A: As far as value for money is concerned, this club is second to none. Membership gives you full access to all of our club kit, plus sea and river sessions ever other week, PLUS a pool session every Wednesday.
7. Q: Are there any other charges?
A: Fortunately trips aren’t free, but still a bargain. For more info visit our Facebook group to learn more.
We are all really a really happy and friendly bunch, if you would like to come down to one of our weekly socials, or contact a member of the group and arrange to come to one of our regular paddling sessions. Please feel free to contact us either on our Facebook group or drop us an email in the messenger below.
Most of our paddling takes place in the pools at our the University's Headingley Campus and all trips are run from the sheds found next to the pool. All the kit you'll need for pool sessions is your self and your swimming costume but if your unsure about river trips feel free to drop us a line.
If you have your own boat, boat storage is available. Contact us for more details.
We look forward to seeing you soon!