There are still spaces left on our Explore Course starting next Tuesday (19th April). If you've joined the Club and been out on a few paddles, this is the course for you! The focus is on becoming an independent paddler, rather than relying on someone to lead your paddles for you.
Much of the best paddling in our neck of the woods is tidal - either coastal, or on the local estuaries. Given where we are, they're full of interest - derelict submarines, shipwrecks, abandoned fortresses - as well as wildlife. It's a natural progression from our usual placid river paddling, and if planned properly is well within the abilities of any Explore-level paddler. Conveniently, we're running a Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course in only a few weeks! This will give you the skills you need to successfully plan trips on our local waters.
I have just tried to email all members with details of membership renewal for 2022-23, however, it seems that some have not received this email so if this is you please see the pdf below. Sorry for the confusion it is a real pain trying to send emails to all members.
Jacob & Martin are running a specialist Canadian canoe beginner course, looking specifically at techniques required to handle these graceful and versatile craft. Spaces are strictly limited so get in quickly! (This is a beginner course is for novices wishing to join the Club. If you're already a Club member, drop Jacob or Martin a line and they'll be happy to run some sessions!)
Lots of fun at the pool session last week, and excitingly - some new rollers! Massive congrats to Simon & Melissa who rolled for the first time (and then did it again to prove it wasn't a fluke!), and Jose who repaired his damanged roll! Props also to everyone else who made such enormous progress during the evening - confidence building, capsizes, lots of rescues, and some really solid progress on bracing!
See you at the next one!
Fantastic to see so many faces at the AGM on Friday! Particular congratulations to the award winners this year - all richly deserved. Samuel Hill for Best Junior; Catherine Ayling for Best Racer; Jon and Clare for Best Newcomers; James Copeland for the Chairman's Award; Kathy for Best Recreational Paddler; President's Award to Anj Hill; and in memory of long-time Club member Jeff Parsons, a new award for Best Old Age Paddler (OAP) went to Norman Brooks.
Just a reminder that the club's AGM is on Friday 18th commencing 19:00. Please try to be there is you can. The organisation and running of the club is a team effort and cannot be left just to the committee, who have put in a lot of work over the past year. We need your support as well.
Two dates are on the calendar for litter picks in support of PPP the first from Maidstone to Allington on Tuesday 22nd March meeting at 9:00. The second centred on Teston Country Park on Thursday 31st March meeting at the club at 10:00 or at Teston at 10:30. If you can help please register on the calendar.