We are Maidstone Canoe Club

 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Calling Experienced Paddlers

Have you been paddling for a while?  Pretty confident in your boat?  Got a boatshed key (or would like to)?

Then you - yes, actually you! - are exactly the people we're looking for!  With regular Sunday & Wednesday paddles not happening - Covid, obvs - we've got new members who just need a little bit of confidence & support to get out on the water.  And they'd love for you to come with them!

Jacob and Lee are running short familiarisation sessions to help with this, after which you'll be one of the Club's Paddlesport Activity Assistants.  No special hat or shiny badge, but you will have the warm fuzzy feeling inside that you get from helping less-experienced paddlers enjoy the river - just like someone once did for you.

Please drop Lee or Jacob an email to help out.

Fantastic time with Hastings & District CC

A huge thanks to Mark and all at HDCC who made us so welcome at their lovely Clubhouse by the sea yesterday - a great paddle and a lovely barbecue afterwards!

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Wildlife Enthusiasts Wanted

Hi everyone it's James Copeland.  I have recently been made one of the regional coordinators for Kent for Seawatch Foundation, a charity that specialises in the conservation and protection of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. This is where you guys come in. Not much is known about them off the kent coast - only when they become stranded - and this is something I want to change. 
From 24th July - 1st August, Seawatch Foundation is running a national whale and dolphin week in which people like you and me go out recording and looking for whales, dolphins and porpoises on our local coastline. I'm looking for 10-15 people to help me with some surveying during the week, each survey will last about two hours as staring at the sea can be very tiring.
 I'm hoping to have people surveying at 5 different locations (not necessarily every day) these are:
Isle of grain, Margate, Ramsgate, Dover and Dungeness  (please let me know preference)
Training is provided and I have some I.D kits and binoculars for people to borrow. 
If anyone is interested in helping do some surveying or just want to come along to watch please message me on :07943566931 or jcopeland.wildlife@gmail.com
(Closing date for volunteers is 16th July)
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Sea Kayaking with Hastings CC

If you're planning on coming to the joint trip with Hastings & District canoe club next weekend (26th June) next weekend, can you please drop me a line?  We need to firm up the numbers.  (If you haven't booked you're welcome to come as long as you can bring your own boat!)

Open Day - Booking

Our fabulous, FREE Open Day is only a few weeks away!  On 4th July, we'd love to welcome you on to the River Medway in one of our kayaks or canoes for a splash about under the watchful eye of one of our paddlers.  This year we've introduced a booking system - you'll need to book online here for one of our slots.

 

See you on the water!

Summer Newsletter Returns!

The Summer Newsletter is here!  Full of paddling news and fab features from you - our members!  Thanks for writing in - if you didn't contribute this time, then now's the time to start thinking about what to write for the Autumn edition - deadline is September 10th.  Enjoy!

Last-minute spaces!

Three spaces have opened up on our beginner course beginning tomorrow, Monday 31st May (and then 7th, 14th, 21st June).  First to sign up gets the spaces!

Explore Spaces

There are still a few spaces available on our Explore Award running on Tuesday evenings.  Just as a reminder, as well as being a fantastic step towards independent paddling, you need this award if you want a boatshed key or wish to use Club boats outside organised Club paddles.

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