Why can't I go on a specific trip?

It could be a couple of reasons, and be as simple as that the Trip Leader does not know your capability.

The sooner you can meet some of the Club Coordinators/trip leaders the sooner your skill can be assessed. In the meantime, please refer to the Paddler Competencies and do a personal assessment. This will best assist you to decide where to begin.

There are currently 3 different water coordinators: flatwater, openwater and whitewater. Contact one of these and discuss your experience, and perhaps a plan for where they can review their capability.  The other hurdle is sometimes the condition of the river affected by rain.  It could be unpredictable and a higher grade than the average river descriptions.  The Club leaders will place  “duty of care”  for its members before all else, something that is not always understood or appreciated.