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Membership

Beginners / Novice Paddlers

If you're a novice paddler looking to start kayaking or canoeing, please take a look at our "Paddle With Us" page for information on how to join

 

Experienced / Competent Paddlers

If you're an experienced paddler already, there's no need to do our beginner courses - you're welcome to join the Club straight away.  The best thing to do is drop us a line and then arrange to attend one of our regular paddle sessions or race training sessions for a chat and a paddle.  

 

Renewing a Membership 

Club membership can be renewed via the British Canoeing Membership Portal, you will need to sign in and click MEMBERSHIP then on the Maidstone Canoe Club tile then select the type of membership, you can only select one type at a time so if you need to include family membership or boat storage you will need to go through the loop by saving each selection. Using this portal you will only be able to pay by card, for which they decuct a fee of 3.7%. If you would prefer to pay by cheque, cash or bank transfer (lump sum or monthly standing order) please contact the Membership Secretary who will be happy to renew your membership on the British Canoeing Portal. If you already pay by standing order please renew this for the current year and adjust if necessay for any fee changes, the membership secretary will do the rest. 

If you've been away from the Club for a while but would like to renew your membership, please just contact the Membership Secretary to arrange.  Welcome back!

 

Becoming a member

Membership of Maidstone Canoe Club is open to anybody.

All members must have an "On The Water" membership of British Canoeing (formerly the Canoe England / BCU).  This is because a river licence is required to paddle on the Medway but members of the British Canoeing are exempt under an access agreement with the Environmental Agency.  British Canoeing membership also provide third-party liability insurance.  Application for membership of British Canoeing can be done online at the British Canoeing Membership Page. You can also select Maidstone Canoe Club from the list under MY CLUBS. If you also join British Canoeing the club's membership secretary will have access to your details, email, address and DoB. Alternatively use the membership form option below.

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.

 

How to Join / Membership Form

To join, please print out the membership form and return it, with payment, to the Membership Secretary.  Payment details and addresses are on the form.

 

Membership Fees

The Club's membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March*. The fees are set at the AGM in March.  If you join part-way through the year then fees are reduced - see the membership form for details.  The current fees are:

   Membership Type   

   Annual Fee   

Adult £84.00
Juniors (U18) and full-time students £36.00
2nd Family Member £30.00
Further family members £15.00 each
Boat Storage fee £60.00
Associate member (non-paddler) £15.00


Family membership is capped at £138.00


*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.