We are Maidstone Canoe Club

 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

New SUP Beginner Courses!

We're thrilled to announce our first-ever SUP Beginner Courses, running on Saturday 10th July (and then Saturday 17th July).  These should be a fantastic intro to the basics of controlling your SUP as well as a heap of fun in the sunshine!  Spaces are limited, so it's first come, first served!

Intro to Sea Kayaking

Sun, sea, ice-creams!  Hastings Canoe Club have kindly offered to host us for an Intro to Sea Kayaking session at their clubhouse by the seaside, with a barbecue to follow!  June 26th - so restrictions will be lifted, the sun will be shining, and the sea will be balmy!  Suitable for anyone who fancies getting salty - please see the calendar entry for more details and to reserve a boat.

Kids Fun Paddle!

Anj is organising a Kids Fun Paddle session on July 17th.  Just a fun wet session with games and laughter - open to kids aged 7-11 who are "associated with" Club members - e.g. nieces, nephews, neighbours kids, etc.  

Please book online - limited spaces available!

Lockdown Paddle Slots are no more!

As the clearest sign yet that things are steadily returning to normal, I bring you the fantastic news that the Lockdown Paddle Slots are no more!   You no longer need to reserve a timeslot at the Club, and can turn up for impromptu paddles.  Please continue to follow all Club & government advice.

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!