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If you’re new to canoeing or if you're looking to get back into a boat, our Come & Try It Starter Sessions are a brilliant way to get out on the water and have a go. You don’t need any specialist kit or skills.

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CVCC BCU Affiliation No. 677

About Us

Canoeing Seven Sisters Country ParkThe CVCC was formed in the late seventies and has developed immensely as a paddlesport club, particularly over the last few years. It is a friendly club with membership levels normally of around 100 and is an ideal place to start paddlesport. The club caters for all abilities from those who've never seen a kayak before to the river running gods of the alps!

River Cuckmere KayakingThe clubhouse is situated in the Seven Sisters Country Park, between Eastbourne and Seaford on the South East coast. The 'Barn' as it is known was for many years a sheep shelter. It comprises of an office, separate showers and a large boat store housing our fleet. Close to the clubhouse we use the meanders of the Cuckmere River which provide shallow and still water to introduce newcomers to our sport. Much of the meanders are only 2-3 feet deep, which is excellent for building confidence in those who are initially a little unsure of paddlesport.

Canoe Club ExceatWhen newcomers have mastered the art of straight line paddling and developed stamina we use the tidal sections of the River Cuckmere which leads down to the sea at Cuckmere Haven. This section of the river was created by the Victorians who dug the channel down to the sea, so creating the landlocked sections - the meanders. As it is tidal we can only use this section when the tides are favourable - otherwise it is a hard paddle for most and impossible for some!

Kayak Club River CuckmereIt is a good mile or so down to the river mouth where there is a bay below the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. When conditions are suitable we use the bay for kayak surfing which can be very exhilarating if you have never tried it. From here experienced paddlers can paddle east along to Birling Gap or west towards Seaford Head - both directions providing some wonderful coastal scenery. The area is popular with walkers who trek down from the Country Park car park to the beaches at the river mouth. Our fleet of canoes and kayaks are of many types: single and two person kayaks, open canoes, general purpose kayaks and some specialised kayaks for freestyle and surf kayaking. You do not have to own all your own equipment - this can be hired for a season. We can provide a kayak or canoe, paddle, helmet and cagoule if necessary. During the winter months pool sessions are run, which allow training during the cold when most members hang up their wetsuits.

Cuckmere Meanders CanoesOur concern for safety is paramount and all paddlers are made aware of safety issues both on and off the water. Before a paddling session begins the instructor will advise the group on what the sessions will include and and any precautions that they need to take. The instructor will then lead a warm up session to ensure everyone is loosened up before getting onto the water. Whilst on the water, each instructor can be responsible for up to 8 persons, so as groups are kept to a safe level.

Cuckmere Valley Canoe ClubWe meet on Sunday mornings at 9.30am and expect all paddlers to be fully kitted out and on the water by 10.00am. A typical session on the meanders will include some warm up paddling, small instructional sessions and some fun and games in between. Our aim is to make the sessions fun whilst teaching some valuable paddling skills at the same time. Kids in particular love getting wet and often drag us adults into their horseplay so do not forget that towel and change of clothing!

Cuckmere Valley Kayak ClubFor those who want to develop their paddlesport skills and achieve recognition we run the British Canoeing 'Star' Tests, which include training sessions and an assessment, which if successful, results in a nationally recognised certificate. 1 Star & 2 Star courses are run with a training period followed by an assessment at the end. For younger members the club runs the Canoe England scheme for Young People - 'Paddlepower', a continual improvement award completed over a longer period. 

Outside of the club, many paddlers go on to tackle more challenging water and during the winter months some of us search out the white water rapids both at in the UK and abroad.

Seven Sisters Canoe ClubOnce you have reasonable paddling skills you will find yourself invited to day trips, some of which are club run and others by private arrangement. Examples are day trips to the Nene Whitewater Canoeing Centre, local river trips such as the Cuckmere, Medway and Ouse. We have also run weekend trips to Wales and Dartmoor to paddle such rivers as the Wye and Dart.