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Summer Soltice Soon - Special Splashy Session!

... try saying that three times quickly!  Underwater.  At the pool session tomorrow!

New Junior Paddler Procedure - Please Read

The Committee has had a think about how best to look after our junior members during Club paddles.  Please take a look at the below - we'd really appreciate everyone's help in making this work smoothly.  

  • for every Club paddle there will be a Responsible Paddler who will be looking after juniors
  • all Junior Members will be given new membership cards with space for emergency contact details on the reverse.
  • when dropping Junior Members off, parents must find one of our Responsible Paddlers and check that they are prepared to look after their child for that session.  A list of Responsible Paddlers (DBS checked, competent adults) will be posted in the Club.  Please do not just "drop and go" without actually speaking to the person looking after your child!
  • Junior Members must give their membership cards to the adult they are paddling with at the beginning of the session.  These can then be returned at the end of the session when the Junior is collected, so we know who is still at the Club.
  • Please pick up your child promptly, and make sure you tell the Responsible Paddler that you've taken them home!

Full details are in these pages.

As always, please speak to someone on the Committee if you've got questions or concerns with any of this, or drop the Secretary an email.

Leeds Castle Triathlon safety cover and club stand

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help. So far I have:
Saturday: Paul Hignell, Jon Willis, Tim Jones and Seth, Stewart Burt Wheadon, Geoff Licence
Sunday: Richard Caine, Paul Hignell, Jez Massy, William Norman and myself.
Please let me know if you are able to help and I have left you off the list. We desperately need more support! We could do with a few more people for each day. We need to be there for a briefing at 7am both days and I think the race will be over by 10am. You would be free to leave earlier than this as the swim in the moat is the first part of the race (as long as you park in the right place to get out.)
We also need a few people to man a stand for the morning to promote the club. You do not need to be a paddler for this, so if you don't feel up to paddling on the moat, this is a great way to get involved with this inspiring event.
Finally, we also need a few people for a swim recce on the evening of Thursday 22nd June at 7pm. Again, please let me know if you are available to help with this.
On race day there will be a marshal tent with refreshments and snacks which you will be welcome to help yourselves to. This will be the fourth time the club has supported the race and it is an excellent opportunity to show off what the club has to offer.

New Coaches - Wish them Luck

A hearty "good luck" to everyone doing their Level 1 coaching course at the Club this weekend.  Enjoy!

(If you're interested in becoming a coach, then speak to someone on the Committee or the Coaching Development Group.  Funding available).

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Wild camp on the estuary

The legendary Estuary Barbecue & Camp is coming up in just a couple of weeks (June 30th)!  Suitable for almost everyone, this involves a paddle over to one of the islands on the estuary, building a driftwood fire and singing(*) the night away!  We need to leave The Strand at 6pm sharp this year to catch the tides.  Speak to Norman for details.

* singing optional.  Earplugs for sale, reasonable prices.

Slovenia Looking Lovely

The first photos from our two overseas trips last week - enjoy!  Courtesy of Lee.

Thames Trip

Mike Lambourne has organised a trip down the picturesque upper section of the Thames, from Rushey Lock to Reading, next month.  Riverside campsites, beautiful British countryside, and guaranteed(*) sunshine!  In truth, this is a genuinely lovely trip whatever the weather - contact Mike for details.  Suitable for sea boats, open canoes, touring boats, etc.  Speak to Richard if you need to borrow a Club craft.

* not actually guaranteed