We have Invicta Grammar Girls coming for a kayak taster day to see whether they want to take kayaking as their GCSE, PE practical. I would like more helpers from the club who have attended the necessary Safeguarding Children course to lend a hand if possible. Dates are 5th, 12th and 19th November 2016 starting at 10am to around 1pm. If anyone from the racing fraternity is available then that would be useful too. Let me, Alan Nevard, know your availability and I'll book you in. email me at: email@example.com if you are interested in helping out. Many thanks in advance.
Dear All. Niki Norman and I will be running a moving water 3* training and assessment course on the River Barle on the weekend of 15th/16th October 2016. If you would like to attend, please message me or Niki. We will then inform you what kit you need to take with you, along with copies of the British Canoeing syllabus and training notes. Don't forget to inform Geoff that you will need a camping pitch. The course and assessment is free for club members. Members may attend even if they do not want to take the assessment.
We've had a mail from local paddler Glen who found some kit on September 10th in Yalding, presumably left behind by a kayaker. If anyone has lost this kit, please drop me a mail with a description of the items and I'll put you in touch. Feel free to share this with anyone else you think might have lost it!
A great pool session tonight thank you to Mark, Matt, Andy D, Ben D, Ben F, Jez, Richand, Reece and Andrea for making my job easier was all the coaching that you was doing see you all at the next pool session in October.
"Departing summer hath assumed / an aspect tenderly illumed", as Wordsworth wrote. Probably because he never came to one of the famous Maidstone pool sessions, which have never to my knowledge been "tenderly illumed". But you can - there's one tomorrow! Larkfield Leisure Centre, Saturday at 8pm.
Loads of photos of the Club touring trip to the Stour last weekend - looks like a fantastic one! Photos courtesy of Geoff:
Gene17's Adventure Paddler's Weekend is running again this year on the first weekend of December (3/4th) This is always a fantastic weekend of paddling, paddling movies and slideshows from some of the UK's finest boaters, and DJ in the bar, as well as paddling on the finest river in the south west (probably). There's usually a large contingent of Maidstone paddlers staying there in the dorms, this year organised by Lee. If you want to come, please call the Dart Country Park directly on 01364 655918, quoting Maidstone Canoe Club ref 169530.
Gene17 run some coaching courses over the weekend - safety & rescue courses, Upper Dart guiding, 4* river leaders, and often Intro to Whitewater courses also. If you've paddled grade III before then there will be loads of people to paddle with - if you haven't, then drop Lee a mail and see what the options are for coaching, either through Gene17 or through our Club coaches. There will also be demo boats & gear, raffle, etc. It's a fantastic weekend, come along if you can!
Dear Members. The committee have been buying more crafts for the club. You will be pleased to know that included are 2 SUPS today from Kent Canoes. The type we have purchased are ex demo models. They are the ones that the club has trialed over the past few weeks. The accessories that come with these Paddleboards are adjustable paddles, ankle ties, pumps and storage bags.
These boards are for all members' use. Also, to be used on 1* courses. It is advised that adult members wear BAs when using them. Those younger members (under 18) the wearing of BAs is compulsory, in line with other club crafts. You are not permitted to be alone on the water. Always have someone with you, either on the water or on the back. Please look after them. Bill. Chairman