We are Maidstone Canoe Club

 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Empty inbox?

There are cobwebs on the newsletter inbox this month ... I know people have been paddling, buying new gear, and trying new things - I've seen you!  Please do take time to put pen to paper and share it with the rest of the Club.  A newsletter with no articles is a lonely thing indeed!

Paddlesport Activity Assistant

The Club is really keen to support our more-experienced members who are leading (or would like to lead) paddles for our newer members.  Organised mostly through the MCC2021 WhatsApp group (and always on the website), these paddles have been the mainstay in keeping our newer members on the water throughout lockdown.

Jacob & Lee have been working to put together a special Maidstone Canoe Club program to recognise these paddlers whohave been organising trips.  The new British Canoeing Paddlesport Activity Assistant qualification is the ideal way to do this.  It's a Club-specific program which takes into account all your existing experience, but also offers full training and support to less-confident aspiring paddle leaders.  The aim is that in future, all of these trips will be led by a qualified PAA (or other river leader / coach).  To this end, Jacob & Lee are going to run some sessions supporting this - to help them get organised, please register your interest using this questionnaire.  Thanks!

May News Update

Please find attached the May news update from the club committee. If you have renewed your club membership this year you should have received this by email. If it did not arrive please let me know at memsec@maidstonecanoeclub.net check you spam file first. Thanks

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The Newsletter Returns ...

Like a bear emerging blinking from his cave after a long hibernation, the newsletter is back!  Or at least, it will be if you lovely people tell me what you've been up to.  Gear reviews, paddling stories, thoughts on courses you've been on (online or IRL), club news, book reviews, poems - everything very welcome, and doubly so if it comes with photos!

The deadline is May 20th, and you can send it to the usual address - newsletter@maidstonecanoeclub.net. Thanks in advance - the newsletter can't happen without you!

Covid Update

Monday 12 April Covid Update

From Monday 12 April, members will be able to use the changing rooms, gym area and kitchen.

The full details of use are in the Covid 19 information Tab on the left of this screen.

Please use the token system for access to the relevant area, and remember to sanitise, and wear a face covering while in any of the buildings.

When using the gym, please open the windows and close them when you leave.

Thank you for your continued support of the restrictions. By continuing to follow the guidelines the club can remain as safe as possible.

Catherine Dacey


Explore Space

There are still spaces on our Explore Award courses starting tomorrow (Monday 5th), next Tuesday (12th), and later this month.  As well as being packed with useful info to build your journeying skills and confidence, the Explore Award is now required by the Club for anyone who wants a key to the boatshed.

April News Update

Please find the April News Update from the club committee. If you have renewed your club membership for this year you will have received this by email, if it has not arrived please contact me at memsec@maidstonecanoeclub.net  If you haven't renewed yet but need some help to do so please get in touch with me.

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New Beginner Courses!

We are thrilled to be able to announce our beginner course dates for this year.  If you've been looking at the river and wondering how you get get on it, this is where you need to be!  Check out the details of the courses here, and then sign up online!