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 We are Maidstone Canoe Club

 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Membership

You are welcome to come and have a go at canoeing. There is no need to join the club straight away - see our Come & Try page for information.  When you do then decide to join Maidstone Canoe Club, please download and fill out our application form, and return it to the Membership Secretary. 

Membership of Maidstone Canoe Club is open to anybody.


All members must have membership of Canoe England (formerly the BCU)  This is because a river licence is required to paddle on the Medway but members of the Canoe England are exempt under the access agreement between the BCU and the Environmental Agency.  Canoe England membership also provide third-party liability insurance.  Application for membership of Canoe England can be done online at the Canoe England Membership Page

Junior Members (U18) will require a Paddlesport Consent Form signed by parent/guardian.  

All members of the Club must be willing to abide by the code of conduct (and, if applicable, the Junior Code of Conduct and Parents Code of Conduct) of Maidstone Canoe Club and in particular those relating to your safety and the safety of others and the welfare of Juniors.  Details of these, and other club policies, can be found on our Club Documents page.

Membership Fees

The Club's membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March*. The fees are set at the AGM in March.  The current fees are:

   Membership Type   

   Annual Fee   

Adult £70.00
Juniors (U18) and full-time students £30.00
2nd Family Member £25.00
Further family members £12.00 each
Boat Storage fee £50.00
Associate member (non-paddler) £12.00


Family membership is capped at £115


*a proportion of the above fees will be charged for those joining partway through the club year. The second page of the application form shows the relevant fees for each month of joining.

**the Committee has discretion to waive membership fees for one year in exceptional cases, for instance in cases of hardship.  If you would like to apply to the Committee for this, please put your application in writing to the Club Secretary.  All applications will be treated in strictest confidence, and would need to be renewed annually if required.

 

Use of Club boats and equipment

New club members who have limited paddling ability (1star and below) are not permitted to use club equipment outside normal club sessions or away from the coaches or experienced paddlers supervising the session. This is primarily for the safety of those members but it also protects the club from the possible charge of negligence should any accidents occur and the club has not shown due diligence. When members have gained sufficient experience and knowledge of paddling they may, with the consent of a committee member, use club equipment outside of normal club sessions and, in some circumstances, away from the club.