Axe Vale Canoe Club

Contact us at: info@axevalecc.co.uk

Affiliated to the British Canoeing & Quality Mark Accredited


Updated 18/6/21

Taster Sessions

 If you are interested in arranging a Taster Session for you and your friends/colleagues, then to get further information please:
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Trips with the East Devon Countryside Rangers
Canoe Safaris:

We regret due to continued restrictions the committee has decided not to run any sessions this year and will re-start them in 2022, sorry.

In 2022 we are repeating the excellent Canoe Safaris under the guidance of the East Devon Countryside Rangers. A canoe trip provided with the paddling support of the Axe Vale Canoe Club with the expertise of the Rangers describing the Axe Estuary’s flora and fauna on the banks and mud flats.

 All participants (all sessions) must be able to swim 25 metres, although for assistance, buoyancy aids will be provided. Minimum Age is 8 years old when accompanied by parents. The club insurance covers third party liability but not personal accident. You should not get wet apart from your feet maybe.

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Location: Seaton Wetland car park (nr EX12 2SP).
Time: 6.00 – 8:30 pm;
Cost: See EDDC website
Min: 12 people, Max: 16 people
BOOKINGS - East Devon Countryside website.

2020 Dates Cancelled:
Monday 4th May,
Thursday 18th June,
Thursday 2nd July,
Monday 3rd August
Monday 17th August
Thursday 17th September.

We are running ‘Go Canoeing’ Open Days for young people and adults interested in trying out canoeing. Dates are TBD at present given the current guidance..

OPEN DAY - Saturday TBD April 2022 & Saturday TBD April 2022

Come along anytime between 11:00 and 13:00 and try out our canoes and kayaks for a short 10-15 minute session on the water to see if you enjoy it (and to see the great facilities we have). We will provide all the equipment you need - just bring some suitable clothing to wear and old trainers (or water shoes). Suitable for all ages (11-60+) and especially families.
Venue:        Axe Vale Canoe Club, Axmouth Harbour, Seaton (EX12 4AA)
Cost:           Free


School Taster Sessions



We have for many years now offered ‘taster days’ for children attending local junior Schools. These days typically run from 9:30am to 3:00pm and use Canadian canoes with three children in each canoe with a instructor. We go up river to see the Axe estuary in the morning session then do some canoe skills and play in the afternoon.

Each year around 150 pupils from local schools attend these sessions; mainly from Year 6 in local Primary Schools but also from senior schools. Schools come back year after year due to the combination of learning and fun that the sessions provide.

Contact: Angela Quick for more details.


Local Group Taster Sessions


Examples of those who have taken part in taster sessions recently include:
- Police Cadets, from two different divisions.
- Ladies of a local W.I., they got very wet and came back..
- Young Farmers, a well as Old and Middle aged Farmers.
- The Staff of several local businesses.
- The Doctors and Nurses of a medical practice.
- A Hen Party staying in Seaton for the weekend.

Besides our regular and intensive commitment to our club members, schools and young persons, the Axe Vale Canoe Club reaches out into the wider community by offering very enjoyable Taster Sessions to whoever may be interested in taking part. The number of sessions we run is limited each year so please book your place as soon as possible.

These are three hours sessions and take place largely on the wide estuary and lower reaches of the river Axe, where the river penetrates deep into reed beds; a very peaceful paddle well removed from noise and traffic as it is generally an area which is only accessible by canoe.

People have said:
I never knew that such a lovely part of countryside existed right on our doorstep; so rich in flora and fauna; a bird spotters paradise”.
On one recent session we witnessed a deer jump into the water opposite Axmouth village and swim the full width of the estuary..

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