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Upcoming events

    • 8 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 26 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Conningbrook Lake
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    Beginners and New Members

    If you're thinking of joining Pirates Canoe Club or have just started to learn how to paddle, you're in the right place!  Our beginner's course has been designed to give you the basic skills in controlling your boat.  Once you've completed the course, you'll have the confidence and abilities to join us on our trips, tours and regular paddle sessions.

    The course costs £65 for adults and £45 for children (over 14’s).  (That's just £65/£45 for the whole course - not £65/£45 each session!). You will be taught by one of our qualified and friendly coaches, who will be following the syllabus for the nationally-recognised British Canoeing Discover Award.

    What is included:

    All the equipment needed for each session:

    • Kayak, Canoe, SUP
    • Paddles
    • Helmet
    • Buoyancy Aid
    • Access to Conningbrook lake
    • On completion of the course, free membership until April 2021

    This course must be pre-booked as so we know how many coaches we need for each session; we cannot accept on the day arrivals.

    Dates for the course:

    1. Tuesday 8th September 18:00 – 20:00
    2. Saturday 12th September 09:30 – 12:00
    3. Tuesday 15th September 18:00 – 20:00
    4. Tuesday 22nd September 18:00 – 20:00
    5. Saturday 26th September 09:30 – 12:00

    If you can't attend one of the sessions, please let the coach know and we'll try to fit you in another time.  Please arrive promptly as we will aim to be on the water as close to the start time as possible

    COVID-19 UPDATE: The safety of our course participants, coaches and Club members is paramount during the current lockdown.  In line with guidance from both the Department of Health and our governing body, British Canoeing, we have introduced a number of measures aimed at keeping everyone safe both on and off the water.  This includes disinfecting boats, paddles and other equipment, altering our processes and procedures to enforce social distancing, and other measures.  This means there are some limitations in what we are allowed to offer but mainly

    Alfresco changing rooms. Unfortunately, we do not have access to the changing rooms at the Julie Rose Stadium.  Please arrive dressed to paddle and bring a large towel, plastic bag etc. to cover your car seat just in case you are damp on the way home.  (You may alternatively choose to change in the car park). This also means there are no toilets available.

    Dress for the weather.  We'll be outside, obviously, so if it's a chilly day in October you'll dress differently to a sunny day in July.  Everything you wear will at least get dripped on and might get very wet indeed!  Man-made materials are generally better than natural ones as they dry faster and remain warm when wet.  Some suggestions include:

    Top Half

    • Gym top, t shirt, rash vest
    • Wet-suit (not required, but OK if you have one)
    • Thin fleece (depending on weather)
    • Thin waterproof, e.g. pac-a-mac.  These are great to keep the wind off.  (depending on weather)
    • Hat (depending on weather).  Sometimes to keep the heat off; sometimes to keep the heat in!

    Bottom Half

    • Tracksuit bottoms, shorts, leggings, walking trousers
    • If you have them, wet-suit / neoprene bottoms

    Footwear

    • Beach shoes / sandals
    • Old trainers
    • Wet-suit booties
    • Flip-flops / Crocs (although these are not ideal as they float away if you fall in!)

    Location of Conningbrook Lake

    Willesborough Road,

    Kennington,

    Ashford,

    TN24 0LT

    (Entrance opposite Givaudan UK)

    • 22 Sep 2020
    • 18:00 - 19:30 (UTC+01:00)
    • Conningbrook lake
    • 7
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    Tuesday nights at Conningbrook lake

    We will be offering two sessions 

    1, Peer lead paddle, taking the opportunity to practice skills while on the water

    2, A more formal coached session for those wanting to improved their paddling. You may get wet :) 

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    The access point of Conningbrook as changed and so has the parking arrangements. You can drive down to drop off boats/kit, however you will need to park in the  newly laid access road. There is limited spaces but if we park sensibly we will be able to accommodate everyone.

    Location of the access drive can be found here.  

    https://www.google.com/maps/@51.1535296,0.8979095,17.39z

    PLEASE NOTE.

    There are NO official changing facilities onsite. You will either have to get changed by your car or under the shelter by the lake. This is not ideal, I know, but this is what we have to work with. Please consider other facility users (Families / Walkers) when getting changed. 

    The sessions will be around 2 hours so don't forget a drink and snack.

    This session is suitable for all members who can paddle in a straight line for 50m and perform a self rescue*.

    Organiser: Malcolm Oates

    Group leaders: Malcolm Oates and Sammy Deans

    Please bring your own equipment if you have it, however we now have access to our store boats.

    You can now paddle other craft like a Stand up paddle Board or one of the club canoes.

    * A self rescue is generally an eskimo roll or swimming to the bank with your boat and paddle, retrieving it from the water and getting back in unassisted. This can be taught in the skills session

    • 26 Sep 2020
    • 09:30 - 12:00 (UTC+01:00)
    • Conningbrook lake
    • 13
    Register

    Saturday's at Conningbrook lake

    As the nights draw in, with Autumn fast approaching, we are going to offer Saturday morning sessions at the lake. 

    All current members will have access to the lake, while we will be running the new member sessions. 

    This is a peer led session, so we ask you to look after each other on the water.

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    The access point of Conningbrook as changed and so has the parking arrangements. You can drive down to drop off boats/kit, however you will need to park in the  newly laid access road. There is limited spaces but if we park sensibly we will be able to accommodate everyone.

    Location of the access drive can be found here.  

    https://www.google.com/maps/@51.1535296,0.8979095,17.39z

    PLEASE NOTE.

    There are NO official changing facilities onsite. You will either have to get changed by your car or under the shelter by the lake. This is not ideal, I know, but this is what we have to work with. Please consider other facility users (Families / Walkers) when getting changed. 

    The sessions will be around 2 hours so don't forget a drink and snack.

    This session is suitable for all members who can paddle in a straight line for 50m and perform a self rescue*.

    Organiser: Malcolm Oates

    Group leaders: Malcolm Oates and Sammy Deans

    Please bring your own equipment if you have it, however we now have access to our store boats.

    You can now paddle other craft like a Stand up paddle Board or one of the club canoes.

    * A self rescue is generally an eskimo roll or swimming to the bank with your boat and paddle, retrieving it from the water and getting back in unassisted. This can be taught in the skills session

    • 29 Sep 2020
    • 18:00 - 19:30 (UTC+01:00)
    • Conningbrook lake
    • 19
    Register

    This will be our last evening session at the lake for 2020

    We will be offering fours sessions 

    1, Adult Coached

    2, Junior Coached 

    3/4  Peer Paddles

    As the night has started to draw in this session will end at 19:30. 

    You'll need a head torch as it get pretty dark down by the lake.

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    The access point of Conningbrook as changed and so has the parking arrangements. You can drive down to drop off boats/kit, however you will need to park in the  newly laid access road. There is limited spaces but if we park sensibly we will be able to accommodate everyone.

    Location of the access drive can be found here.  

    https://www.google.com/maps/@51.1535296,0.8979095,17.39z

    PLEASE NOTE.

    There are NO official changing facilities onsite. You will either have to get changed by your car or under the shelter by the lake. This is not ideal, I know, but this is what we have to work with. Please consider other facility users (Families / Walkers) when getting changed. 

    The sessions will be around 2 hours so don't forget a drink and snack.

    This session is suitable for all members who can paddle in a straight line for 50m and perform a self rescue*.

    Organiser: Malcolm Oates

    Group leaders: Malcolm Oates and Sammy Deans

    Please bring your own equipment if you have it, however we now have access to our store boats.

    You can now paddle other craft like a Stand up paddle Board or one of the club canoes.

    * A self rescue is generally an eskimo roll or swimming to the bank with your boat and paddle, retrieving it from the water and getting back in unassisted. This can be taught in the skills session

Past events

18 Sep 2020 White Water Kayaking trip - North Wales
15 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
12 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
8 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
1 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
29 Aug 2020 EVENT CHANGE - Medway - HartLake and back
24 Aug 2020 Conningbrook lake - Paddle-Boarders
20 Aug 2020 Conningbrook lake
17 Aug 2020 Conningbrook lake
17 Aug 2020 Conningbrook lake - Paddle-Boarders
10 Aug 2020 Conningbrook lake - Paddle-Boarders
13 Jul 2020 River Stour - Chartham to Old Mill (Introduction to moving water)
11 Jul 2020 River Medway - Hartlake
6 Jul 2020 Royal Military Canal - Appledore to Kenardington
2 Jul 2020 River Stour - Chartham to Old Mill
29 Jun 2020 **Location change** Royal Military Canal - Kenardington to Appledore
25 Jun 2020 Royal Military Canal - Hamstreet to Bilsington
22 Jun 2020 Royal Military Canal - Appledore to Kenardington
18 Jun 2020 Royal Military Canal - Hamstreet to Warehorne
15 Jun 2020 ***LOCATION CHANGE*** Royal Military Canal - Hamstreetto Kenardington
30 May 2020 Playboating Skills with WWAM @ Northfleet
23 May 2020 Adventure Weekend in North Wales
4 May 2020 Rolling Clinic
2 May 2020 Playboating Skills with WWAM @ Northfleet
24 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: White Water Kayaking trip - South Wales
20 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: Open Pool Session
20 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: Coached Pool Session
18 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: Playboating Skills with WWAM @ Northfleet
18 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: Open Canoes - Tonbridge to Yalding
9 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: Easter Weekend Surf Trip
6 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: Open Pool Session
6 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: Coached Pool Session
4 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: Playboating Skills with WWAM @ Northfleet
4 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: The Great British Spring Clean
30 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Open Pool Session
30 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Open Pool Session
28 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Playboating Skills with WWAM @ Northfleet
28 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Local Surf
23 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Rolling Clinic
22 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Cardiff International White Water
21 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: Flat water skills - Hythe Session Two
16 Mar 2020 Open Pool Session
16 Mar 2020 Coached Pool Session
9 Mar 2020 Open Pool Session
9 Mar 2020 Open Pool Session
7 Mar 2020 Flat water skills - Hythe
2 Mar 2020 Open Pool Session
2 Mar 2020 Coached Pool Session
24 Feb 2020 Sea Kayaking Course
17 Feb 2020 Open Pool Session
17 Feb 2020 Coached Pool Session
15 Feb 2020 Playboating Skills with WWAM @ Northfleet
15 Feb 2020 Cancelled - Rainchasers weekend
10 Feb 2020 Open Pool Session
10 Feb 2020 Open Pool Session
8 Feb 2020 Introduction to White Water Kayaking Trip
8 Feb 2020 Improvers White Water Kayaking Trip
8 Feb 2020 White Water Kayaking Trip - Peer Paddle
5 Feb 2020 AGM - Annual General Meeting
3 Feb 2020 Open Pool Session
3 Feb 2020 Coached Pool Session
1 Feb 2020 Chartham Weir
27 Jan 2020 Open Pool Session
27 Jan 2020 Open Pool Session
20 Jan 2020 Open Pool Session
20 Jan 2020 Coached Pool Session
13 Jan 2020 Open Pool Session
13 Jan 2020 Open Pool Session
6 Jan 2020 Open Pool Session
6 Jan 2020 Coached Pool Session
31 Dec 2019 New Year Paddle
22 Dec 2019 Christmas Paddle
20 Dec 2019 Christmas Drinks
16 Dec 2019 Inflatable Fun at the Pool
14 Dec 2019 River Dart Weekend - Away Trip
9 Dec 2019 Open Pool Session
9 Dec 2019 Coached Pool Session
2 Dec 2019 Open Pool Session
2 Dec 2019 Coached Pool Session
25 Nov 2019 Open Pool Session
25 Nov 2019 Open Pool Session
18 Nov 2019 Open Pool Session
18 Nov 2019 Coached Pool Session
16 Nov 2019 North Wales Weekend - Away Trip
11 Nov 2019 Sea Kayaking Pool Session - All Members
11 Nov 2019 Sea Kayaking Pool Session
4 Nov 2019 Open Pool Session
4 Nov 2019 Coached Pool Session
2 Nov 2019 Chartham Weir
28 Oct 2019 Open Pool Session
28 Oct 2019 Open Pool Session
21 Oct 2019 Open Pool Session
21 Oct 2019 Coached Pool Session
20 Oct 2019 Yalding
14 Oct 2019 Open Pool Session
14 Oct 2019 Inflatable Fun at the Pool
7 Oct 2019 Open Pool Session
7 Oct 2019 Coached Pool Session
6 Oct 2019 Chartham to Canterbury
30 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
30 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
23 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
23 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
21 Sep 2019 Royal Military Canal - Kenardington to Appledore
16 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
16 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
9 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
9 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
7 Sep 2019 Hartlake to Yalding
7 Sep 2019 Yalding
2 Sep 2019 Open Pool Session
2 Sep 2019 Coached Pool Session
19 Aug 2019 Sea Kayak Training and Practice
19 Aug 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Coached
19 Aug 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Open
12 Aug 2019 Open Pool Session
12 Aug 2019 Open Pool Session
5 Aug 2019 Sea Kayak Training and Practice
5 Aug 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Open
5 Aug 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Coached
29 Jul 2019 Open Pool Session
27 Jul 2019 Alps Trip
22 Jul 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Open
22 Jul 2019 Sea Kayak Training and Practice
22 Jul 2019 Beginners coached course (3 Mondays)
21 Jul 2019 Triathlon support
15 Jul 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Open
15 Jul 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Coached
15 Jul 2019 Sea Kayak Training and Practice
14 Jul 2019 Lee Valley Demo Evening
14 Jul 2019 Folkestone Sea Paddle
8 Jul 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Open
8 Jul 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Coached
8 Jul 2019 Sea Kayak Training and Practice
1 Jul 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Open
1 Jul 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Coached
1 Jul 2019 Sea Kayak Training and Practice
24 Jun 2019 Open Pool Session
24 Jun 2019 Open Pool Session
17 Jun 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Coached
17 Jun 2019 Conningbrook Lake - Open
17 Jun 2019 Sea Kayak Training and Practice
17 Jun 2019 Go Paddling Week - Come and Try Kayaking (rescheduled)
16 Jun 2019 Hartlake to Yalding - Cancelled
10 Jun 2019 Open Pool Session
10 Jun 2019 Open Pool Session
8 Jun 2019 Weekend at Holme Pierrepont White Water Course
3 Jun 2019 Open Pool Session
3 Jun 2019 Open Pool Session
29 May 2019 Midweek paddle at Conningbrook
20 May 2019 Open Pool Session
20 May 2019 Coached Pool Session
13 May 2019 Open Pool Session
13 May 2019 Open Pool Session
12 May 2019 Local Paddle - Chartham to Canterbury
29 Apr 2019 Open Pool Session
29 Apr 2019 Open Pool Session
19 Apr 2019 Easter Surf trip to North Devon
15 Apr 2019 Rolling Clinic
8 Apr 2019 Open Pool Session
8 Apr 2019 Open Pool Session
1 Apr 2019 Open Pool Session
1 Apr 2019 Coached Pool Session
27 Mar 2019 Pirates Canoe Club Annual General Meeting
25 Mar 2019 Open Pool Session
25 Mar 2019 Open Pool Session
11 Mar 2019 Open Pool Session
11 Mar 2019 Open Pool Session
9 Mar 2019 Day trip to France - River Canche
4 Mar 2019 Open Pool Session
4 Mar 2019 Coached Pool Session
25 Feb 2019 Open Pool Session
25 Feb 2019 Open Pool Session
18 Feb 2019 Open Pool Session
18 Feb 2019 Coached Pool Session
11 Feb 2019 Open Pool Session
11 Feb 2019 Open Pool Session
9 Feb 2019 Sea and River Outing
4 Feb 2019 Open Pool Session
4 Feb 2019 Coached Pool Session
2 Feb 2019 Local Paddle - Chartham
28 Jan 2019 Sea Kayaking Pool Session - All Members
28 Jan 2019 Sea Kayaking Pool Session
27 Jan 2019 Nene Trip with Maidstone Canoe Club
26 Jan 2019 Sea Kayaking at Folkestone Sands
21 Jan 2019 Open Pool Session
21 Jan 2019 Coached Pool Session
14 Jan 2019 Open Pool Session
14 Jan 2019 Open Pool Session
7 Jan 2019 Open Pool Session
7 Jan 2019 Coached Pool Session
1 Jan 2019 New Year Paddle
26 Dec 2018 Boxing Day Paddle
17 Dec 2018 Open Pool Session
17 Dec 2018 Coached Pool Session
10 Dec 2018 Kent Canoes demo session - come try some new boats!
8 Dec 2018 Pirates Christmas Paddle and Meal
3 Dec 2018 Open Pool Session
3 Dec 2018 Coached Pool Session
1 Dec 2018 Aquatic First Aid Training
26 Nov 2018 Open Pool Session
26 Nov 2018 Open Pool Session
19 Nov 2018 Rolling Clinic
17 Nov 2018 Chartham to Canterbury
12 Nov 2018 Open Pool Session
12 Nov 2018 Coached Pool Session
5 Nov 2018 Open Pool Session
5 Nov 2018 Coached Pool Session
2 Nov 2018 River Dart Weekend
29 Oct 2018 Open Pool Session
29 Oct 2018 Open Pool Session
14 Oct 2018 An Introduction to Sea Kayaking
8 Oct 2018 Open Pool Session
8 Oct 2018 Open Pool Session
1 Oct 2018 Open Pool Session
1 Oct 2018 Coached Pool Session

Event Notes

  • All paddles start at 10am unless otherwise stated.
  • Waterways licences are required on inland rivers and canals within England.
  • Please ensure you understand the trip definitions and the expectation of you and a member of the group.
  • It is important the organiser of each trip knows you are intending to attend, otherwise they may leave without you, or decide a slight change in plan due to weather or water conditions.
  • Peer-peer paddles may be coordinated directly by email, text, group-chat, social media or phone as these are more relaxed.
  • Please note that if you are a non member i.e. you have not paid the annual membership fee (due by end of April), the cost for each and every organised event will be £10.


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