Last week NHS Paramedic Ian Cross provided training in basic first aid and use of the defibrillator for our members.

As part of the NHS initiative for improving Defibrillator availability you will no doubt have seen that our own cabinet is up and running. This included an update of the procedures when faced with an emergency first aid incident. He brought along dummies to try expired air resuscitation and heart compression. His up to date model included lights to show how effective you were so gave a good guide on what you usually cannot see.

He went through how an emergency call is handled by the emergency services operator. How you could prepare for the call although the operator will quickly help you deal with the patient and decide if you need the defibrillator.

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River Frontage Refurbishment


The Eyot Centre is to refurbish it’s water frontage in 2018. The work will see the replacement of our landing stages, a new slip way and additional safety features. The river bank has become heavily eroded by river traffic. The bank will be reinforced with ecologically friendly stone in cages to support new bank side planting. There will be an access path along the length of the river to allow wheelchair access and lighting to enable users safe paddling after dark. Continue reading “River Frontage Refurbishment”

BDA National Championship 2017 @ Nottingham

This year, Henley Dragons entered the competition with many teams both 200m and 500m races: Henley Dragons in the Senior and Mixed category, Henley Hens in women, Henley Heads and Tails in Open and even a junior team. Thanks to all the paddlers from Pershore, Bristol and Preston who joined us for some of the categories. Special thanks to Geoff Bushnell who lent us his van to tow our boats. Continue reading “BDA National Championship 2017 @ Nottingham”

D of E section training walk

It was another great session for us yesterday, we had 8 groups (50 participants) completing their training walk around the local woods. This is an opportunity for the groups to work on putting the theory into practice whilst under close supervision for advice and guidance.

The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all groups, with one or two taking a detour due to some tricky navigation in the Rumerhedge Wood around Beechwood Farm.

An evening of paddling films and setting goals for some of the Canoe Club Section Youth members

Some of our youth section spent a fun evening watching paddling films in the clubhouse. The films covered a wide range of paddling themes including the Devises to Westminster, wild free styling and extreme expedition paddling. Plenty of inspiration for when we’re next out on the water.

The group then spent some time looking ahead to the coming year and setting their personal paddling goals. There’s much to look forward to this year with skills progression and some more of our young paddlers starting out on their coaching pathway.

A busy second session for The Duke of Edinburgh section

Yesterday was the second session of this years expedition training and for most of the group it was time to try a get to grips with maps. For some it was a morning spent outside constructing tarpaulin shelters, putting up tents and making hot chocolate on an Trangia.

The map session began looking a a few different map sections and talked about the different symbols, features on the maps, and grid references.The group then used this knowledge to complete a story about the life of Edward, following a route on the map and doing a map symbol quiz.

For the group outside, it was cold and the ground frozen, but they made good shelters and were grateful of the hot chocolate. With the ground so hard the tents were put up inside the centre.

Next week we will be in two groups again, with the Silver group off paddling on the river and the Bronze group learning about working out how far they have travelled and in what direction.


Henley Dragons Winter Series – Race 4

First of all, big thanks to everyone who braved the weather on Sunday despite the cold and rain – well, that’s Winter Series. We would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped with the event organisation.

The Race Report by Richard Parham

The final round of the Henley Winter Series took place in last Sunday’s wind and rain, with Henley Dragons welcoming crews from Exeter, Bristol, Worcester, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, St. Neots and London.

A previous round of the series had to be put off because the Environment Agency issued a status red warning in the days before the event and last Saturday with river levels and flow rates rising the Agency issued an amber warning. Luckily that status remained unchanged for Sunday morning and the event went ahead for eleven Dragon Boats and three outrigger canoes.

DSCF9638Although conditions meant that crews posted slower times for the seven kilometre pursuit, the results table showed the normal order. First home were Rafters, followed by Wraysbury, Amathus, Typhoon, Henley, Bristol, St. Neots/Secklow composite, Raging, Exe-Calibre, Worcester and finally with an excellent performance in a ten-man boat, Exe-10.

Henley enjoyed chasing down Raging Dragons who started 45 seconds ahead, catching them on the upstream return just as the crews reached the Leander Club. Both boats emerged from the arches of Henley Bridge with Raging Dragons just a nose ahead, but Henley helm Dave Rollinson had chosen the better race line. The crews battled side by side blades clashing occasionally, and Raging’s helm pressing Henley towards the trees on the Eyot. Raging’s skipper repeatedly called for a burst, Henley skipper James Blake called for cool concentration as the battle continued upstream past both islands. Henley gradually pulled ahead and at the turn pressed home their advantage and sprinted the last 500 metres to the finish line.

In the points table for the 2016/17 Henley Winter Series, Henley were disappointed to miss out on third place by one point behind Exe-Calibre in third, Wraysbury second and Rafters top.

Following the event, paddlers were entertained by the Beaufort Band who performed a selection of popular music.

The Results – Dragon Boats

No# Team Time
1 Rafters 30m 51s
2 Wraysbury 32m 55s
3 Amathus 35m 12s
4 Typhoon 35m 15s
5 Henley 36m 21s
6 Bristol 36m 22s
7 St. Seksy 36m 48s
8 Raging Dragons 36m 52s
9 Exe-Calibre 37m 43s
10 Worcester 37m 43s
11 Exe-10 28m 17s

The Results -Outriggers

No# Team Time
1 Barbarians 34m 10s
2 Royal Canoe Club 35m 40s
3 Paddlesport 36m 13s

The Overall Results

No# Team Points
1 Rafters 64pt
2 Wraysbury 60pt
3 Exe-Calibre 47pt
4 Henley 46pt
5 Raging Dragons 41pt

The Captain’s report by James Blake

Today saw HDBC take part in the final HWS 2016 series. The conditions were tough with the river on ‘Amber’ and winds changing direction constantly.

Today’s team saw some last minute changes and thanks goes to Ben Harvey for volunteering at 8 pm last night.

I spoke to the team at the start about a favourite coaching phrase of mine ‘Marginal Gains’. I wanted us to look at all the little things we can change to find the extra few seconds. I wanted everyone to respond to calls and push that little bit more.

We had 9x20s, 1×10 and 3xOC6s racing today so we knew it would be a good event. There were no charity crews today which meant we were racing against strong BDA crews.