We are Maidstone Canoe Club

 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

River Clean Up

We will be holding another river clean up on Sunday 13th September, for the whole stretch between East Farleigh and Allington, in colaboration with Medway Valley Countryside Partnership. We will beat covid restrictions by dividing into small groups and doing differnt bits of the river and starting at different times. If you are willing and able to participate please let me know. I would much prefer if you could join the WhatsApp group 'River Cleanup' using this link https://chat.whatsapp.com/EXMOf92Yb5c0nfJNfFGN2C this will allow me to organise into groups and cummnicate with participants more easily. We already have 14 participants including lots of our new members so it would be good to have some more experienced members helping out. If you join the WhatsApp group I will message you for your name if I don't have your mobile number on file. If you don't do WhatsApp you should but no worries please email me memsec@maidstonecanoeclub.net. and I will keep you informed separately.  The local press will be invited to this event.

Access to land and rivers

There is an interesting Article on Tonbridge Canoe Club Facebook Page from The Guardian, which is worth a read. I have been trying to talk to my MP about this ( Helen Whatley on line) for some time. I will try again in September. In the meantime as I understand the current situation in England no one owns the surface of a river but can bar access from banks and land. This, I believe, is not the case in Scotland. I tried to post it here but I think it is too long.  

Club Buoyancy Aids

As one of the club's covid measures members were allowed to take a club BA home with them for use on their next paddle. However, this lockdown is going on much longer than was anticipated and the club is a bit short of BAs for the beginner courses, particularly the larger ones. If you do have one of these we would be grateful if you could now return it to the club's main boat store please. Many thanks.

Paddle news

More precisely, a request for Paddle News!  The newsletter is due out in a couple of weeks, and without you fabulous people writing for it, it looks pretty lonely! Please send in your paddling-related articles - poems, trip reports, technique hints, kit reviews - to newsletter@maidstonecanoeclub.net in the next 10 days.  I'm looking forward to reading them!

The Three R's

That's right: Ropework Rescue Refresher!  For whitewater paddlers looking for a quick refresh on mechanical advantage, rescuing pinned paddlers, and maybe even some Throwbag Olympics.  September 11th, 6:30pm - hope to see you there!

Wanted: Architect

The requirements list for the new building has been approved!  This is an important milestone, because it nails down the facilities that need to be included in the design.  It's at this stage that an architect - someone familiar with all the various rules & regulations, as well as someone with the vision to make innovative use of the space we've got - would be a fabulous asset to the Club.  If there are any out there who would be happy to do some preliminary designs, we'd love to hear from you!

Paddle Opportunities for New Members

We have had many new members joining the club since this lockdown started and they are most welcome. However, they join us at a difficult time because they cannot just turn up at the club on a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening to go for a paddle in club boats and get to know other members. So, a few of us have been arranging paddles with groups of new members so that they can get access to our boats (more experienced members would be welcome). I will put these paddle sessions on our calendar under ‘trips & tours’ so this filter can be used to see all planned paddles. If people want to join these paddles, maximum of 6 at present, please contact the host. There is also a WhatsApp group MCC2020 where new members and existing members can put up messages that they are organising a paddle or would like to go on a paddle, the app is fine for initial planning but  the calendar will allow better control of numbers. Please contact me if you would like to join that group. Regarding keys for access to our boats, it would be irresponsible of the club to allow new members to have a key to the boat store until we know them and their abilities better. Particularly we do not want new members to invite their friends and family for a paddle in our club boats, it would be very irresponsible for the club to facilitate this. Sorry but for now you will need to be patient. Many thanks

Geoff, Membership Sec. memsec@maidstonecanoeclub.net