How to book?: Please check the Club Facebook Group for an 'event' for each trip, and accept the invitation if you're coming. Also tell us whether you need kit (and details), and which meeting place you're coming to.
If you're needing kit, we need to know a few days in advance so we can get it from the shed on the other side of town. Let us know Tuesday lunchtime latest for Wednesday trips.
What's best to wear? As a minimum, a 3mm longjohn wetsuit over a swimming costume and longsleeve thermal base-layer top, with lightweight wetsuit booties (secured with zips or velcro fasteners so that don't come off in moving water), failing that, some very old lightweight trainers you don't mind getting soaked and trashed. A kayaking specific cagoule is definitely required.
The club has wetsuits, and some booties, but club cagoules are less good, so if you can beg/steal/borrow a better one from someone, go for it, otherwise add an extra baselayer, rent a club one and consider a cagoule (aka dry-cag) as your first purchase if you're planning to paddle regularly.
Kayak and other hardware: You'll also need a helmet, spraydeck, paddle and kayak, all of which are available to rent from the club if you need to.
What else to bring? Some extra warm clothes to change into, a large towel (as you'll be changing in a car park beside the main road!) and some juice, munchies and maybe a flask of warm stuff for once we get off the river. Clothing, valuables and anything else not going on the river will be left in a dry-car at the takeout, so make sure to bring a bag large enough for all your dry gear.
What to expect? We'll leave dry clothing in a car near the takeout at Thistlebrig, and put in further upstream at Burnmouth. There's some easy water at the put in for practising basic strokes, some bow rescues, safety and some rolling, then upstream there's an ideal spot for learning basic moving water technique before we head downstream about 3 miles through some of the finest river scenery there is anywhere, past Stanley Weir, Hellhole Corner, Stanley Mills and finally the takeout at Thistlebrig where we'll gather everyone up and hike up the hill to the takeout carpark to catch our breath, exchange stories of near death experiences and get everyone back home safely.
If we're off the water nice and early, some of us might visit the Strathord Inn in Stanley just to make sure they're still stocking salt & vinegar crisps and keeping the Guinness pipes flowing.
Likely home quite late.