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What to Wear On Our Beginner Course

Kayaking on the Medway doesn't need a lot of expensive kit - at least in the summer!  This page is aimed at people getting on the water for the first time, probably on one of our beginner courses.  It's not aimed at kayakers looking for advice on the best kit to buy - if you're already a paddler and want to buy your own kayaking kit, then become a member and come down for a chat and some friendly advice.

Clothes

Dress for the weather.  We'll be outside, obviously, so if it's a chilly day in April you'll dress differently to a sunny day in August.  Everything you wear will at least get dripped on, and might get very wet indeed!  Man-made materials are generally better than natural ones as they dry faster and remain warm when wet.  Some suggestions include:

Bottom Half

  • tracksuit bottoms
  • shorts
  • leggings
  • walking trousers
  • wetsuit / neoprene bottoms(not required, but OK if you have one)
  • NOT OK: jeans.  They chafe dreadfully when damp and are really heavy when wet.
  • NOT OK: Suits.  Skirts.  Pantomime horse costume.

Top half

  • gym top
  • t shirt
  • rash vest
  • wetsuit (not required, but OK if you have one)
  • thin fleece (depending on weather)
  • thin waterproof, e.g. pac-a-mac.  These are great to keep the wind off.  (depending on weather)
  • hat (depending on weather).  Sometimes to keep the heat off; sometimes to keep the heat in!
  • NOT OK: thick winter coats  
  • NOT OK: cotton sweatshirts

Shoes

  • beach shoes / sandals
  • old trainers
  • wetsuit booties
  • flip-flops / crocs (although these are not ideal as they float away if you fall in!)
  • NOT OK: school shoes
  • NOT OK: wellington boots
  • NOT OK: workboots.  Stilettos.  DMs.

Anything else?

  • change of clothes.  Everything you wear on the water will get damp as a minimum.
  • towel.  See above.
  • sun cream (depending on weather)
  • drink (depending on weather, and how long your course / trip lasts for)
  • packed lunch (depending on how long your course lasts for - it will be listed on your course / trip details page if you need lunch)
  • sense of adventure.  NOTE: this is more important than all the rest put together!

Questions?

Hopefully this has given you a good idea of what to wear.  You won't need to buy anything new - whatever you have in your wardrobe will be fine!  If you've still got questions, drop us a line and we'll do our best to help.

Beginner Course Dates

Our beginner courses are finished for this year - but we'll be starting them again in the Spring!  Beginner courses usually start in April when the water warms up.  If you're a novice paddler looking to join the Club then please follow us on Facebook or Twitter (or enter your email below) to be notified in March when the new dates are released.

If you're already a competent paddler and would like to join the Club, please see our membership options here.

  

Paddle With Us!

How do I get involved?

fun session 170We're always looking for new members to join our friendly and growing Club!  We run regular courses to introduce people to paddling, and this is our main point of entry to the Club.  Once you've completed our Introductory Course, you'll have the basic skills to control the boat, and can come along on Club trips, join in on the regular paddles on Wedesdays and Sundays, and generally have fun on the water with us!  Passing the course will also get you a nationally-recognised British Canoeing Discover Award!  Please note that all novice paddlers must attend one of our beginner courses.  If you're already a competent paddler, please see below for how to join.

How do I book a course?

coachingAll the courses are listed on our Calendar page.  Choose a date that suits you, and click on the course to get to the sign-up form.  Our courses consist of 8 hours coaching, either in 4 x 2-hour sessions, 2 x 4-hour sessions, or a one-day session. They currently cost £65 for adults and £45 for children.  (That's just £65/£45 for the whole course - not £65/£45 each session!)  Click here to see a list of courses currently planned - if you can't find a date that suits you, get in touch and we'll do our best to accomodate.

What's the best course for families and children?

The Sunday courses are perfect for families and children (8 years and older) - it's warmer, and there are usually plenty of other children around to paddle with once the course is completed.  Of course, if you can't make the Sunday sessions then the Wednesday sessions and other days are fine as well.  A couple of our courses have age limits for various reasons (e.g. 14+), but these are clearly marked on the course booking page.  (Unfortunately we can't take children any younger than 8 years old on any of our courses).  We do occasionally run kids-only courses - please check the date page to see if we've any of these coming up.

Who can join the courses?

young duo paddlerAnybody!  We have taught paddlers from 8 to 80 years old (almost!), and also have facilities for disabled paddlers.  Our Clubhouse has both male & female changing rooms (with warm showers), and we have a wide variety of equipment that can be borrowed.  Please do get in touch if you have any questions.  Our courses are great for families and children (8 years and older) - the Sunday sessions tend to be best for younger paddlers.  (Please note that a couple of our courses may have age limits, e.g. 14+ for various reasons - these will be described on the booking form if it applies).

What if I've paddled before?

Of course, if you're already a competent paddler, you're welcome to join in straight away - just pop down to one of our regular paddles on a Wednesday or Sunday and speak to one of our coaches.  They'll take a quick look at your basic skills - paddling forward, backwards, turning and stopping - and then sign you off to join in with the paddle.  You can see our membership options here.

 
What kinds of paddling do you do?

Aaron JordanMaidstone Canoe Club runs an active programme of events in lots of paddling disciplines, and offers coaching, leadership and progression in all of them.  We do a lot of touring, we've got a successful racing team, we go sea kayaking a fair amount, we've got a very active whitewater section, and a growing number of SUP paddlers.  Progression in these is coordinated by our Coaching Development Group, who support new and existing coaches at the Club.  You can read more about these and discover how to get involved by following the links or checking out the "Club" menu at the top of this page.


Who runs the courses?

sundays at the clubAll our courses are run by one of our friendly, fully-qualified coaches.  They're all volunteers, and love to share their passion for paddlesport.  Coaching at Maidstone Canoe Club is co-ordinated by our Coaching Development Group.  Our coaches all have valid CRB checks and first aid qualifications, and  participate in a programme of continual professional development, ensuring we are always delivering current best practice.

What do I need to bring?

gamesMostly, just enthusiasm and a good sense of humour!  We provide boats and paddles, together with buoyancy aids and other safety equipment.  We will be outdoors, so wear appropriate clothing for the weather, and please bring a change of clothes and a towel, just in case!  If you're on an all-day course, then you'll also need a packed lunch and perhaps warm clothes at lunchtime.  We've got a helpful "What to Wear" guide here - please do read it before your course!. 

Fantastic!  Sign me up!

lots of boatsClick here to see a list of current courses and sign up.  If you can't find one that works for you, get in touch and we'll see what we can do.

More information?

Still got questions?  Get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

Our Coaches

Photos of our coaches go here

Fun Sessions 2013

Fun Sessions are a significant part of what the Club does in the local community and helps greatly with our Club Mark requirements; they also help to generate income for the Club to spend on new equipment.  If you can help out at any of the Fun Sessions, please do so - the participants, and the Club, really appreciate it.  Please mail funsessions@maidstonecanoeclub.net if you are willing to assist. Below is a list of fun sessions for 2013 and their current status.  Dates also on calendar under fun sessions

Date

Time

Group

Number

Coach / Helpers

Status

Tue 21st  May

18:30

Grove Green Cubs

10

Alan, Andrea

Booked

Thur 23rd  May

18:30

Grove Green Cubs

10

Mark, Rowan, Andrea

Booked

Mon 3rd  June

18:00

Bearsted Guides

11

Mark,  Geoff, Andrea

Booked

Tue 4th  June

18:30

Grove Green Cubs

10

Rowan, Alan, Andrea

Booked

Thurs 6th June

19:00

Explorers Barming

10

Lee, Andrea, Geoff

Booked

Mon 10th  June

18:30

Bearsted Guides

10

Lee, Andrea, Geoff

Booked

Tues 11th June

19:00

Explorers Barming

10

Lee. Andrea

Booked

Tues 18th June

18:00

Sue’s Guides

10

Lee, Andrea

Booked

Fri 21st  June

18:00

Bearstead Guides

10

Lee, Andrea

Booked

Mon 1st  July

18:00

Trojan Scouts

10

Lee, Andrea, Geoff

Booked

Friday 5th July

tba

Chris's Scouts

tba

Geoff

Cancelled

Mon 8th July

18:30

Scouts

10

Lee, Geoff, Andrea

Booked

Tues 9th July

19:00

Spartan Scouts

tba

Lee, Geoff

Booked

Friday 12th   July

tba

Scouts

tba

 

cancelled

Saturday 24th August

14:00

Alan Nevard's Friends

tba

Alan Nevard, Mark Corti

booked

Friday 30th August

tba

Harlequin

tba

Norman, Geoff

booked

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