The River Aire takes about 6 hours to respond to rain falling higher up the valley.
Many of us trust the BBC Weather site for forecasts. It's useful to check Skipton as that's where our water comes from.
Current river levels for the site are on the Environment Agency web-site.
At the Cottingley Bridge Gauge:
1.80 BANK FULL Gate wires at neck level.
1.60 Very fast with trailing poles and tree branches creating strainers.
1.30 S Rock washed out. Water fast. Some gates may be trailing.
1.10 Rocks covered, eddies swirling, fast. If gates set high before water rises, great.
0.80 Rocks covered but eddies are all there although boily.
0.70 Rocks appearing. Fast flow and features. Level with landing stage.
0.60 Nice big, gentle eddies and enough flow to be interesting.
0.47 Low summer level - difficult to paddle above the S Rock - paddles click on the bottom.
0.40 Above the S Rock is hardly useable.
This flow-chart below defines whether you are simply paddling with peers, or if there is a person responsible for your safety.
Has it been raining? For club sessions, if the water looks like it's going to be too high for you to paddle independently, let the organiser know you'd like to paddle. For Thursday club night, the organiser is Judith and let her know by 9pm Tuesday.
Thursday 30th May
Club night Judith
New membership year begins. Wendy
1st and 2nd June
1st Aid training. Mark
Tuesday 11th June 7.15pm
Friday 14th June 9-11am
Fire Service training Wendy
Thursday 29th Aug - Sun 1st September
Bands playing at the club. Entry with your membership card for paddling and take boats out well before if needed. Staying to listen for long? Buy a ticket.