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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.

Through the Looking Glass?

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the first publication of "Alice in Wonderland".  Follow us down the rabbit hole to a strange and wonderful land - the Maidstone Canoe Club pool session!  Marvel at kayaks going upside down, and sometimes back up again.  Be fascinated by the clear, warm water and friendly welcome.  Just don't eat the toadstools ...

New FSRT and Paddlesport Instructor dates

There's another amazing FSRT course running on 27th August.  The last one filled up in record time - get in quick!  It's a pre-requisite for the October Paddlesport Instructor course, which I know several of you are interested in.  Again, spaces are limited!

Last-minute space!

A last-minute space has opened up on our beginner course tomorrow - first come, first served!

IMPORTANT SAFETY ALERT - From British Canoeing

British Canoeing has been made aware of product recalls for eleven models of buoyancy aids and lifejackets presenting a serious risk of drowning. 

Eleven models sold via Amazon with brand names NILIPEI, FLOATTOP, LIXONG, ROSOAMY, GRELANT, AJING, ZENING, STECTO, OMOUBOI, WELLPATH and Rrtizan. 

The products do not meet the requirements of the relevant regulations and show no demonstration of having been conformity assessed. 

Please see full list of recalled buoyancy aids and lifejackets on the British Canoeing website

Doggy Paddle

10th July 2022

Leamington Spa Doggy Paddle.

This event was advertised as: The Doggy Paddle is an 18 mile flat trip on the river Avon to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The route passes through Warwick Castle, Barford, a lunch stop at Hampton Lucy Weir, Charlcote Park, and finish at the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

What was there not to like, a new river, a nice long paddle and the bonus of raising money for Charity?! Five of us went, Claire, Gregg , Carolyn, Trish and Kathy.

This stretch of the  River Avon is spectacularly clear. There was no other river traffic for the majority of the paddle other than the participants many of whom we leap frogged as the day went on. On occasions we grounded in the gravel, other times we flew over the weirs. We all admitted that had we seen the weirs before we went over we would never have done them but with the encouragement from the safety guys manning the weirs we went over the top - and boy did we fly!! It was sooo much fun!!! The river meandered quite a bit, sometimes only to a few meters wide assisting us with a strong flow and giving us a small taste for some white water activity!! 

The scenery, clarity of water and weather all prevailed to make it just a fabulous paddle with some great friends. We seriously hope to get many more from the club going next year - any takers!?

               

                 

                          

                                 

#Shepaddles Maidstone Ladies Feature On New River Medway Trail Map

Our Wednesday Morning Ladies Paddlers were photographed on one of their peer paddles.

The photographer asked if they could be used for the soon to be updated and printed Medway Canoe Trail.

It has now arrived and features pictures of 4 of our ladies enjoying the river.

The Canoe Trail Map can be downloaded here

:Medway Canoe Trail – Medway Navigation (therivermedway.co.uk)

Happy Paddling.

 

Pool sessions monthly

Please note that our pool sessions are now running monthly rather than biweekly.  First Tuesday of every month - see you there!

Bikini?

Testament again to the enormous attention to detail that goes into planning Club events for your delight, we have arranged that the next pool session falls on National Bikini Day - July 5th, the anniversary of the invention of the eponymous swimwear in Paris in 1946 (by Louis Reard, if you were wondering).  I'll be wearing mine to celebrate!

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