KAIHOE HOU | NEW MEMBERS
Waka Ama Canoe Training with TWP
There's no better way to spend a hot summer night than a paddle on Whakaraupō!
We run Club trainings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6 p.m.) and on Saturday mornings (8.00 a.m.).
If you're interested in coming along to experience some Aloha spirit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
New paddlers are welcome at our Saturday morning club sessions. Weekday club sessions are for experienced paddlers only.
CLUB BUDDY SYSTEM
The club is introducing an off the water buddy system whereby if you have any questions regarding the club and how it ticks you can contact this person directly. If you’d like a ‘buddy’ please contact Chris at email@example.com
WE PROVIDE: EQUIPMENT GEAR
HOE (PADDLES) & LIFE JACKETS (PFD’s) – These are available for new kaihoe to use and are stored in the Club lock up in the Naval Point Clubrooms. All kaihoe must wear a PFD when on the water.
LIFE JACKETS (PFD’s) – Your safety is our priority, with TWP it is mandatory to wear PFD’s while on the water. Whilst you are most welcome to use the club’s PFD’s, down the track it is recommended that you purchase your own, as it will most likely be a better fit and more suitable.
Purchasing your own also supports our club in having PFD’s available to all paddlers. We recommend that before purchasing a PFD, you check with a senior club member for advice.
HOE (PADDLES) – Ditto as per PFD’s; Whilst you are most welcome to use the club’s hoe, once you become reasonably proficient it is recommended that you contemplate purchasing your own as it will be the correct length and balance for you and suit your needs better than the club hoe.
We recommend that before purchasing a paddle, you check with a senior club member for advice.
YOU PROVIDE: CLOTHING & FOOD ETC
Clothing – suitable clothing for the paddling conditions – layered clothing is best as paddlers go from high intensity to not paddling, cooling quickly through wind chill factor is the biggest concern for all paddlers, fleece, polyprop, neoprene or other warm top and bottoms, wetsuit bootees are also advisable A good waterproof jacket (no hood!) which isn’t tight fitting and a warm hat. Always be prepared to get cold and wet! A change of clothing for after paddling is advisable.
NB – remember it is better to bring to many clothes across to paddling as the weather on one side of the hill maybe different to the other side. You can always leave extra clothes in your car.
If you have soft hands you may need a pair of light woolen or paddling gloves to stop blisters forming, until your hands toughen up a bit. Bring a towel and soap etc. for a hot shower afterwards.
FOOD AND WATER
Depending on the distance paddled it might also be prudent to have a water bottle and some nibbles with you.
There are hot shower facilities at Naval Point, most club members head to the coffee shop in Lyttelton after the paddle for a social time – you are most welcome to join this group – just ask or follow the lead car!