During September 2017 we held our annual Go canoeing event for new members which included 2 pool sessions and a day on reservoir.
The first two weeks were spent in the swimming pool learning the basics of canoeing. The new members developed their skills at turning the boat, going sideways, going forwards and backwards. During the last pol session they also practiced their capsize drill.
We rounded the day off with tea and cakes in the cafe and everyone was awarded a British Canoeing Paddlestart award. Everyone said they had a great day and they have all been on other club trips sense then.
Photos By Julia Barclay & article by Adrian Barclay
We weren’t really sure what the weather was going to be today because we had all seen different weather reports and it looked quite gloomy at the store this morning. The weather picked up nicely and the sun came out on us. There were Kevin, Lauren, Sam K and 2 newbies Anthony and Kirsten. Noel and another newbie Gill were planning on coming too but had to pull out at the last minute.
We paddled 3.3miles down to the Lock where we stopped for lunch. Lauren and Sam went down the chute after lunch and then we paddled back to the start, 6.6miles in total.
Article and Photos by Kevin Hardcastle Chairperson
This was a great opportunity for club members to try out different boats including a sea kayak, a sit on top and of course the usual open boat and normal kayaks. Joel’s & Mark’s family joined us for the day.
The weather was changeable from being sunny one minute to heavy rain the next. So we were all happy to dive for the café for shelter where we could have tea and cakes. However the weather didn’t stop the younger members of the group trying out their rescue and swimming skills,. even one of the older group members did some dive bombing at the end of the day.
By the end of the day everyone enjoyed themselves and they all said they want to come again.
It was a very nice day with lots of sun and no wind. We had quite a few new members on the trip but they were going faster that the older members of the Club. We had a great group shoot at the Medway Flood barrier just west of Tonbridge where the navigation of the Medway starts as it heads towards the sea.
We were going so fast we actually did the loop twice and then we went for tea and cakes in the cafe. We all had a great time
We had a great day down at Purley Festival. We gave out lots of leaflets and hopefully it will encourage new members to join the club.
We borrowed the ergo paddling machine from British Canoeing which went down well.
Can I say a big Thank You to Sam, Phil, Mike, Joel, Sam & Abi for all their help on the stall today.
On the last May bank holiday of 2017 (Friday 26/5/17 to Monday 29/5/17) we held our annual trip to the Wye valley where we paddled down the River Wye and played on Symmond’s Yat rapids. As usual we stayed at Elmsdale Caravan & Camping park near to Symmond’s Yat.
On Saturday we paddled from Symonds Yat West to Redbrook – 8.5miles
We had lunch at kern Bridge and after lunch we spent a few hours practicing a variety of rescue techniques used on moving water, including throw line practice, boat rescues, rolling, and using the “Wedge” to walk from one side of the river to the other side.
On Monday morning we spent a few hours playing on Symonds Yat before we travelled home.
We are a great day out on the Thames by starting at Walton Bridge and heading downstream towards Sunbury Lock. We had a quick look round Walton Bridge Marina on the way. There was a good number of us in both open boats and kayaks. We had a new paddler with us too, one of my friends Gill Payne, on her first ever trip and she loved it. We headed downstream to Sunbury Lock and rolled down the boat rollers to avoid the Lock. Once on the lower level we continued along the river, paddled around Sunbury Court Island and then back up to the field to stop for lunch.
Fiona is coming down with speed 🙂
Fiona made the following comment about the trip:-
“Thanks for a great trip Kevin, lovely day and great to see where you spent your younger days. Thanks to all for the paddling tips, chit chat and thanks for the lift Lauren. ”
After lunch we paddled back up to the Lock and hauled the boats back up the boat rollers. The current and wind were against us going back so it was a bit more of a struggle. We popped into Shepperton Marina on the way back and popped into Whitewater Canoe Centre while we were there. They didnt mind us ‘dripping’ around the shop in our paddling attire, but none of us were persuaded to part with any money for new kit, although the slimline glittery Squirt Boat did turn a few heads.
Once back to Walton Bridge, Phil and Marion took Gill for her first trip in an open boat which she also enjoyed. Thanks to everyone who came along on the trip and made it a great day!
“Yes, thank you everyone for a most enjoyable day paddling in the sunshine B-)
“Great paddle… thanks for organising it” 🙂
Photos and Video by Phil Newson. Trip report by Kevin Hardcastle & Phil Newson with comments from Fiona Lipscombe & Marion Quemby
The Scorpio and Orca sea kayaks were loaded onto Noel’s car, and Sam, Noel and Robin set off for Dover, arriving Kingsdown just after 10.00am. It was a beautiful day. The sea was flat calm and the launch was remarkably easy, fortunately, as we had not done a sea trip for a while. Old skills were rekindled. It was tee shirts, hats and sun-cream weather, some 24 degrees C (air temperature!)
We made the beach at St Margaret’s Bay around 12:30 and watched the youngsters on the beach and three swimmers whilst eating our sandwiches. The Dover ferries appeared ghostly white in the distant mist. Very relaxed, we re-launched just before 1.30, at first continuing to the far-side cliffs of St Margaret’s where photographs were taken, before turning back and retracing our journey back to Kingsdown.
No problems at all as we carried the kayaks back up the beach, changed from our dry suit bottoms into normal gear, packed up and returned to the store. We swapped stories. Noel had taken his 3* test on this trip many years ago. Robin was enjoying the trip for the 3rd or 4th time. It was Sam’s first trip from Kingsdown to St Margaret’s, a total of 6 miles round trip. It really is an ideal trip for initiating novices into the freedom and excitement of kayaking on the sea.