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 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Newsletter Last Call

Last call for articles for the Summer Newsletter!  We're still a little short of a full newsletter, so if you've been prevaricating about putting pen to paper, now's the time to commit!

What have you been up to?

The first months of paddling for far too long, and what have you been doing?  Preparing your articles for the newsletter!  This is the traditional quarterly call for you lovely people to tell us about your paddling - paddles short and long, near and far.  Poems, kit reviews, course feedback, trip reports, interpretive dances - all gratefully accepted!

Private Boats

Please don't use Private Boats stored in the general boat shed.  They can be identified by the "Private Boat" sticker on them.  Additionally, they're usually in a named slot and don't have a number sprayed on them.

Club boats have a number sprayed on them, as well as a "Club boat" sticker and a British Canoeing license.  

Core Coach Space - This Weekend

A space has opened up for Core Coach training at the Club this weekend (7/8th August).  This is the first part of the training to become a Coach (Level 2 / UKCC 2 coach in old money).  It's a step up from the Paddlesport Instructor course - you can read about it here:

The course will be running all day Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August - please drop me a line if you're interested.

Return of Regular Paddles - Please Read

Our much-loved Regular Members Paddles are back!  On Wednesday evenings (5:30 for 6pm) and Sunday mornings (9:30 for 10am) we'll be meeting at the Club (and occasionally elsewhere - see the calendar) for a paddle.  To accomodate our lovely newer members, they'll be running a little differently - please read carefully:

  • if you're a competent paddler and are happy keeping up with the main group, just turn up as usual!  This will be an informal peer paddle with no leading.
  • if you're a newer paddler and would like a bit more support, you must book in advance via the calendar.  There will be river leader - coach, PAA, experienced paddler - waiting for you.  (If you haven't booked on, then you may not be able to paddle). 
  • if you're a PAA, coach, or experienced paddler willing to help out occasionally with newer paddlers, please contact Geoff - even if you help just once a year it helps to spread the load!

Looking forward to seeing you all on the water!

Coach Training - All Weekend

Just a heads-up that there's a coach training course running at the Club all weekend (7/8 August), so it's possible that the upstairs areas will be in use for all / part of these.  This means that the gym is likely to be unavailable - apologies in advance.

End-of-season Beginner Courses

We've added a few more courses for the last months of our  season - if you'd like to come paddling with Maidstone Canoe Club in 2021, this might be your last chance!  

We've got spaces on courses running on Sunday August 22nd, Tuesday 24th August, and Saturday 9th October.  See you on the water!


Just a reminder to please take extra care of the Club kit, particularly the SUPs in hot weather.  A fully-inflated SUP left in the sun will burst - one already has - so please partially-deflate them before putting htem away and particularly don't leave them fully inflated on the grass or car park.  (Pumps can be found at the back of hte boat shed to reinflate them).  If you're not sure how to deflate / inflate a SUP, please don't use them until you've found out!  (Lee can help with this).

It's probably also a good time to remind people about making sure skegs are up, as there's been some damage to these also.  You shouldn't be needing them on the Medway in any case! 

And the perennial plea to please empty & spnge out your boat if it's wet ...