Axe Vale Canoe Club

Contact us at: info@axevalecc.co.uk

Affiliated to the British Canoeing & Quality Mark Accredited


New: 2018
new dates

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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We are running ‘Go Canoeing’ taster session in 2018 for young people and adults interested in trying out canoeing.

1. OPEN DAY - Saturday 5th May 2018. COMPLETED

Come along anytime between 10:00 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

2. Taster Session - Saturday 12th May 2018. COMPLETED

Come along for a longer try with a two hour session in kayak or canoe paddling on the River Axe estuary. Arrive by 14:00 and we will be finished about 16:30.

Venue:        Axe Vale Canoe Club, Axmouth Harbour, Seaton (EX12 4AA)
Cost:           Adult 15, Youth 10, Families (3 or 4) 30.

<---   You can download the Information Leaflet (PDF) on the left.

All participants (all sessions) must be able to swim 50 metres, although for assistance, buoyancy aids will be provided. Minimum Age is 11 years old. The club insurance covers third party liability but not personal accident. You will need to have two sets of clothes (one for canoeing and one to travel home). For canoeing bring suitable clothing and shoes – for example: thin fleece, thermal top (man-made fibre), tracksuit bottoms, lace-up shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Also bring a towel for a shower when you get off the water. We will provide all the other kit and equipment you need during the course.

BOOKINGS  ARE NOW CLOSED- please use the ‘AVCC on WebCollect’ on-line application process. Click the ’Apply Here’ button, sign-up for WebCollect (or Sign-in if you have used it before),  and on the AVCC page, select the ‘GoCanoeing Taster Session’ on the date of your choice.

If you want to talk to someone first then please call Chris Robin on 07501 973648.

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Trips with the East Devon Countryside Rangers:


In 2018 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 local flora and fauna

Canoe Safaris

Location: Seaton Nature Reserve; Time: 6 – 8:30 pm;
Cost: TBC
Min: 12 people, Max: 16 people
BOOKINGS - East Devon Countryside website.

  • Dates TBD

A trip on the Axe Estuary looking at the Flora an Fauna on the banks and mud flats with commentary by the East Devon Rangers

Coastal Canoe Adventure

Location: Axe Vale Canoe Club; Time: 6 - 8:30 pm;
Cost: TBC
Min: 12 people, Max: 16 people
 BOOKINGS - East Devon Countryside website.

  • Date TBD

Take a trip along one of the most beautiful stretches of Devon’s coastline in a canoe. This sea adventure will take you from Seaton towards Lyme Regis.
Note in case conditions are not suitable this trip will become a trip on the Axe estuary.

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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