For those of you preparing for an upcoming Maidstone Canoe Club trip by getting some practice in at the pool session next Tuesday, it is perhaps apposite to note that September 19th marks the birthday of William Golding. I'm not saying that MCC trips are exactly like Lord of the Flies, no, definitely not ...
Unbelievably, the last week of the summer holidays is just around the corner. Cue tears from children and teachers alike, and possibly tears of happiness from parents!
Luckily, we've got just the things to finish the summer break off in style: a 1-day beginner's kayaking course! Spend the last Friday of summer on the water and make it one to remember. Spaces still available - Friday August 25th.
Tuesday is - of course - the anniversary of the release of Apocalypse Now, and we will - of course - be commemorating this at the pool session, possibly with a rousing chorus of Ride of the Valkyries. Although we can't promise the smell of napalm in the morning, we can promise the scent of chlorine in our wam, clean pool! It's also National Lemon Meringue Pie day.
2023's only (probably!) Safety & Rescue course starts on Wednesday 23rd August at 6pm. This course is a huge amount of fun, at least if you do it in the summer! It's also the most useful training you'll do, giving you skills and confidence to keep yourself and your paddle buddies out of trouble on the water, and to perform effective rescues with minimal physical effort. (This course is also a pre-requisite for any Instructor, Coaching and many Leadership awards).
A couple of last-minute spaces have opened up on our beginner course starting this Thursday! Opportunities like this don't come around very often - book your place online now!
Outdoor movies at an outdoor cinema? Yes please! New fi;m bestival Frontier Sapiens is in Canterbury this August 24th. Featureing 100ft waterfall drops, a world-first expedition in the Karakoram mountains, and a 250km journey in traditional Mokoro canoes through hippo-infested waters, it promises to be a fantastic evening out. Catch the trailer here, and book online here. See you there!
Most of us go forward most of the time! By making a couple of simple changes to the way you paddle, you can do it with less effort - maybe even go faster or further, if you want to! Joel Cameron is running a fun session to help with this on July 12th - please sign up in advance so he knows how many to expect.