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 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Medway flow

With the onset of wetter weather, river levels and speed have become more variable - as those who were paddling on Sunday discovered!  It's worth a timely reminder that our usually-innocuous river can be surprisingly powerful when it is moving.  Good practice includes:

  • staying away from the orange booms above sluices.  They're there for a reason, and a capsize at this point on the river would be disastrous - they're not handy mooring points!  (This applies throughout the year, but particularly now)
  • keeping clear of weirs and automatic gates.  They can open and close without warning and quickly change from a fun chute to a swimmer-retaining stopper.
  • stay away from trees!  
  • make sure your group stays together.  This applies to peer paddles as much as to "led" trips - make sure you know who is paddling with you, and where they are.
  • faster water implies moving earlier.  Moored boats, trees and other obstacles will come up quicker than you expect - plan ahead and move early
  • consider tagging on to a more-experienced group or paddler if the river is faster than expected.  If it's much faster or higher than you've paddled before, consider delaying your trip for another day.

Stay safe!

Last one!

One final space has opened up on our last beginner course of 2021 - Saturday 9th October. First come, first served!

Div 4 Slalom?

Harefield have invited us to their Div 4 Slalom on October 9 /10th.  Apparently suitable for those new to the sport - please contact them for details.

Sunday 26th September - no paddling at the club

Maidstone Invicta Rowing club will be holding their Small Boats Heads races on Sunday morning from Allington to Maidstone so we will not be able to paddle from the club. As an alternative for the ususal club paddle we will transport boats to Teston Bridge Country Park and paddle from there upstream and back, with an orportunity to shoot the canoe pass for those who want to do so. Please register your attendance on the club calendar, whatever level of paddler you are so we can judge the number needing boat transport. Thanks.

Autumn Newsletter 2021

The Autumn Newsletter is here!  

And did you know that you can browse our archive of newsletters right here on the website?

Intro to Whitewater - More Opportunities

I know there were a number of people who couldn't get on our Club Intro to WW this year.  We're unlikely to run another one until next September - however, there is now another opportunity to get some coaching on moving water.  Greg C has kindly agreed to coordinate Club members wanting to do this, with the aim of either joining a series of coached sessions at Lee Valley or getting some private coaching somewhere as a group.  If you're interested, please drop him a line!

Last Courses of 2021

We've added what will be the last courses of the 2021 season - if you want to come paddling with us, this may very well be your last chance until next April!

One more ...

One more space has opened up on the Intro to Whitewater onSeptember 18-19th.  Drop me a line if you're interested.