Event Details

Date(s) 06/12/2019 - 08/12/2019

Time(s)All Day

Date(s): 6th-8th December 2019

Time(s): We shall arrive on Friday and then spend all of Sat/Sun daytime paddling. Expect to be ready to leave the accommodation at 9am each day, as shuttles take a while and it can be very busy over the Gene17 weekend in the car parks. We also want to ensure there is plenty of daylight and get off the water at a reasonable hour.

Type: Beginner/Intermediate White Water

Suitability: Confident with Capsizing with a Spray Deck (whilst not essential we highly recommend doing a Moving Water Taster  Session or Man-Made White Water Course first)

Location: Dartmoor

Accommodation: The club has booked Holiday House, 31 Montgomery Drive, Tavistock, PL19 8JX, United Kingdom (alternatively you can book your own accommodation nearby) 

Food: Please arrange your own Friday evening meal, breakfast, lunches and plenty of drinks, and ideally a sealed tub and dry bag to transport your lunches in. There will be an option of finding a pub/restaurant on the Saturday evening, or alternatively you can stay at the accommodation and cook your own food.


Come and join us for the White Water Christmas Dart Trip!

Paddling, Secret Santa, Pub and more Paddling! There will be the option on Saturday evening to attend the Gene17 evening at the country park!

Basing ourselves in the Tavistock area, we hope to look at doing runs of rivers such as the Tavy, Dart, Walkham, Teign tailored based on suitability of the group.

Every effort will be made to ensure a good weekend of paddling, but please remember that it is a weather-dependent sport, so there are no guarantees!

The Dart Loop:

The River Dart is a river in Devon, England which rises high on Dartmoor, and releases to the sea at Dartmouth. The Dart Loop is a classic white water run that finishes up at the Dart Country park. It has plenty of features spaced out by gentle sections.

Optional Coaching Opportunity:

As part of this trip we have booked for coaching to run in parallel to the trip, where you will have the opportunity to receive some quality coaching and complete the new British Canoeing White Water Award which, endorses your skill, judgement and decision making on introductory level white water. You can opt to select a coaching space through the booking below.


The club is now open to everyone of all competency levels; should the Covid-19 situation change the club may have to return to placing a minimum competency level upon participants. Should this happen participants shall be expected to self-assess at what stage they can suitably participate. The club may increase or decrease the stage at any point so please check back against the event or guidance to check the stage before arriving at your activity. See our COVID-19 Guidance for more details on the club's different reopening stages.

Everyone should continue to:

  • You must register for sessions on arrival (including spectators and volunteers)
  • Arrive ready to paddle
  • Bring your own mask and hand sanitiser
  • Respect venue procedures and one way systems
  • Make every effort to book in advanced including spectators and volunteers as this will help us speed up the check in process
  • Payments by bank transfer are strongly advised, where cash is necessary please bring exact money
  • Masks should be worn and person limits followed in enclosed spaces such as boat stores and changing rooms
  • Please limit use to one craft per person per session and avoid sharing equipment
  • All equipment must be washed or sprayed with disinfectant after/ between uses
  • Read the Blackwater Valley Canoe Club COVID-19 Guidance
  • Adhere to the latest social distancing and official government advice
  • Read the latest Event Booking Terms regarding club activities
  • Whilst you will not be required to book equipment, please read and adhere to the latest club equipment hire and usage terms