Pool Sessions

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Regents Canoe Club organises members-only fortnightly pool sessions at Britannia Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Road, N1.

Session dates are advertised on the club calendar and within our weekly members’ newsletter.

Each session runs from 7:15pm to 9.00pm. There is no pre-booking, just turn up. Cost for normal membership is £10 per session, £5 for concession membership, to be made payable by debit or credit card only.

How does it work?

Each pool session is run by a designated member. They will introduce themselves to new members and provide advice on the pool sessions, including safety considerations.

They are also the person to whom you should make the payment to. If you arrive after the session is started you can still take part, but you must inform the person running the session first.

Boats and paddles are available at the pool and it is also okay to bring your own boat and paddle as long as they are clean. Helmets are also available if you wish to use one. If a session is popular you may have to share equipment with other members.

Experienced members of the club will be in attendance and will help and advise those looking to improve their skills, but if the session is busy we cannot guarantee we will be able to help everyone.

Capsize and spray deck tests can be done at the start of the pool session. One of the instructors will be happy to assist you.

Due to the limited space in the pool this is not the place to practice ‘extreme’ play moves. Please clear the pool promptly at the end of the session as the lifeguard needs to be elsewhere.

What should I bring?

At the pool we suggest you wear a pair of shorts or leggings over a swimming costume, as the sides of the boats can rub on bare legs. You may not be in the pool all the time, so a thermal top is also a good idea, to keep you warm. Tops made of artificial fibres such as polyester or nylon are much better at retaining heat than cotton. We also recommend that you bring wet area  foot ware (possibly neoprene socks) as the tiling in the boat storage are is breaking up.

Don’t forget to bring a towel and a plastic bag (for your wet gear).

For those seeking liquid refreshment after the session there is often a trip to a nearby pub.

How do I get there?

Nearest Tube is Old Street or buses along New North Road or Kingsland Road will take you there. Parking is available at the centre (give the receipt to reception and you can get your money back).

Bikes can be locked outside but should be locked securely (preferably double locked) as this is a bad area for bike thefts.

Relevant documentation

Our updated pool safety framework and pool supervisor and helper roles are available by pressing the relevant link.

Pool Helper Rights & Responsibilities can be found here.

The clubs Risk Assessment for the Pool Sessions can be found here.