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 We are Maidstone Canoe Club

 We sea kayak.

 We race.

 We are Maidstone Canoe Club.

 We mess about in boats.

 We run rivers.

Membership

Beginners / Novice Paddlers

If you're a novice paddler looking to start kayaking or canoeing, please take a look at our "Paddle With Us" page for information on how to join

 

Experienced / Competent Paddlers

If you're an experienced paddler already, there's no need to do our beginner courses - you're welcome to join the Club straight away.  The best thing to do is drop us a line and then arrange to attend one of our regular paddle sessions or race training sessions for a chat and a paddle.  

 

Renewing a Membership 

Existing members will receive a renewal reminder notice in March / April, with membership renewal payment required by May.  This will come by email or, if that's not possible, by post. 

If you've been away from the Club for a while but would like to renew your membership, please just contact the Membership Secretary to arrange.  Welcome back!

 

Becoming a member

Membership of Maidstone Canoe Club is open to anybody.

All members must have an "On The Water" membership of British Canoeing (formerly the Canoe England / BCU).  This is because a river licence is required to paddle on the Medway but members of the British Canoeing are exempt under an access agreement with the Environmental Agency.  British Canoeing membership also provide third-party liability insurance.  Application for membership of British Canoeing can be done online at the British Canoeing Membership Page.

Junior Members (U18) will require a Paddlesport Consent Form signed by parent/guardian.  

All members of the Club must be willing to abide by the code of conduct (and, if applicable, the Junior Code of Conduct and Parents Code of Conduct) of Maidstone Canoe Club and in particular those relating to your safety and the safety of others and the welfare of Juniors.  Details of these, and other club policies, can be found on our Club Documents page.

 

How to Join / Membership Form

To join, please print out the membership form and return it, with payment, to the Membership Secretary.  Payment details and addresses are on the form.

 

Membership Fees

The Club's membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March*. The fees are set at the AGM in March.  If you join part-way through the year then fees are reduced - see the membership form for details.  The current fees are:

   Membership Type   

   Annual Fee   

Adult £70.00
Juniors (U18) and full-time students £30.00
2nd Family Member £25.00
Further family members £12.00 each
Boat Storage fee £50.00
Associate member (non-paddler) £12.00


Family membership is capped at £115


*a proportion of the above fees will be charged for those joining partway through the club year. The second page of the application form shows the relevant fees for each month of joining.

**the Committee has discretion to waive membership fees for one year in exceptional cases, for instance in cases of hardship.  If you would like to apply to the Committee for this, please put your application in writing to the Club Secretary.  All applications will be treated in strictest confidence, and would need to be renewed annually if required.

 

Use of Club boats and equipment

New club members who have limited paddling ability (1star and below) are not permitted to use club equipment outside normal club sessions or away from the coaches or experienced paddlers supervising the session. This is primarily for the safety of those members but it also protects the club from the possible charge of negligence should any accidents occur and the club has not shown due diligence. When members have gained sufficient experience and knowledge of paddling they may, with the consent of a committee member, use club equipment outside of normal club sessions and, in some circumstances, away from the club.