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 We sea kayak.

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 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

River Mole Trip

Just got back from a recce of the river and it is high but the bits I could view are ok although the first weir has a tree right across and a big tow back. However, it is raining here and we are due for more overnight and there are long bits of the river with no road access. The sensible thing would be to call it off but I am prepared to got to the start tomorrow to see what it is like then. I have started a forum topic under trips so could have a look please.   Definitely not a trip for beginners

posted at 19:55   I have decided to go ahead with the trip tomorrow and make a final decision at the start.

This Tuesday - new coaching scheme

Just a quick reminder about the CDG meeting this Tuesday, at which we're going to organise all the coaching dates for the remainder of 2013. Please come if you can - if you can't make the start, come late!  

Sports Club Survey

The Sports & Recreation Club Alliance are doing their bi-annual Sports Club Survey, and would like your input.  The data from this is used  by the Alliance & the BCU to inform their work - for instance, they have partnered with the Forestry Commission to improve access.  Please go here to participate: 

Clocks go forward!

The clocks are going forward this weekend - don't be late for the Sunday paddle!

Win a Wave Sport Ethos online magazine is offering a free Wave Sport Ethos as a prize in their competition this month.  The magazine is free, as is entry to the competion, and looks to have a lot of stuff of interest to UK paddlers.   The magazine can be read online at, or available as an iPhone or Android app.

AGM News

Maidstone Canoe Club held it's Annual General Meeting on the 22nd of March 2013.  I would like to update the members of the club, the make up of the new committee for 2013-14
Chairman - Brian Marston
Membership Secretary/Treasurer - Geoff Orford
Secretary - Jane Addy
Welfare Officers - Catherine Darcy & Dean Jordan
Committee Members:
Steve Anstee
Leanne Brown
Richard Clark
Michael Wibrew
Dean Jordan
Rod Stoddart
Mark Corti
Norman Brooks
Lee Horton
Andrea Head
Paul Tucker
I would like to thank Paul Newman as our retiring Chairman, for all his hard work, and for taking the position on at a difficult time.   Paul will be continuing with the Coaching Development Group.  Our next Club committee meeting is on Wednesday 17th of April 2013 at 7.30pm.   If anyone has any points/subject they would like raised at this meeting, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Committee, including myself, via the Club website.
Club Secretary.

Book Launch on Darnet Island

Dave Wise is having a book launch - on Darnet Island, on the Estuary.  He will be running pinhole photography classes, exploring the island, learning how to forage for wild food and then running cooking demonstrations afterwards.   Karl Farrer, another local canoeist, will be painting and exhibiting inside the Victorian Fort on the island.

For more details, check out Dave's website and see below:

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Safety Kayaker Awards

BCU Lifeguards are running a series of "Swim Event Safety Award (SESA)" courses.  These provide training in how to run safety at swim events, triathlons, etc.  There is always demand for safety kayakers and, occasionally, a small payment for it.  Open to all paddlers 14 years & over, with a 4-hour first aid course.  Our local course is probably Hastings, 11th May, but there are others listed here.  Contact for more.