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Before booking onto any of our events, please make sure you have read and understood our event guidance to understand the difference between types of event and our event terms and conditions. If you are unsure whether a specific event is right for you or your family, please speak to the event organiser or the events officer before booking.

Upcoming events

    • 2 Aug 2021
    • 18:00 - 20:30 (UTC+01:00)
    • Conningbrook lake
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    Monday night social paddle at Conningbrook lake

    These sessions are aimed to be kept informal with an emphasis on fun and trying new things.

    Why not try one of the many craft we have in the container; be it canoe, sea kayak, SUP or play boat.

    Also use this time to learn off other people and share skills. 

    Coaches and helpers will be at hand to offer guidance where needed

    For those interested in more formal training and development we will be offering the Paddle Explore award.

    It is all about helping you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport: developing your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.

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    The road, access, point to Conningbrook remains unchanged, as to last year, with the same parking arrangements.

    (Junction point here https://w3w.co/mirror.logic.class). *

    As parking is limited by the lake, we ask where possible, that you drop off boats/kit, and park in the newly laid access road. There are limited spaces, if we park sensibly, we will be able to accommodate everyone.

    (Container location is here https://w3w.co/closes.fence.panel)*

    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, we 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 1-2 hours so don't forget a drink and snack.

    These sessions are suitable for all members who can paddle in a straight line for 50m and perform a self-rescue**.

    Organiser: Sammy Deans

    Please bring your own equipment if you have it, however we have access to our store boats so equipment can be borrowed; including SUPS (stand-up paddle boards), kayaks and canoes.

    (You will be expected to assist with the unloading and loading of the container for any equipment used)

    * We are now using WHAT3WORD when giving out meet up locations; it provides a more precis location for more remote sites that we use. If you do not already have it on your phone, we strongly advise downloading the app, its free so no reason not to have it. It is also used by emergency services throughout the southeast and can be given as a location reference when needing their services. (https://what3words.com/)

    ** A self-rescue is generally an eskimo roll/rescue 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.

    • 2 Aug 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 30 Aug 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Conningbrook Lake
    • 0
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    Beginners Course

    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 is included in the price of Membership if you selected the 'with Beginners Course' option when joining or costs £30 otherwise. The price includes the whole course (all 5 sessions).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 June 2022

    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.

      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

      The road, access, point to Conningbrook  can be found using what3word here (https://w3w.co/mirror.logic.class)


      As parking is limited by the lake, we ask where possible, that you drop off boats/kit, and park in the newly laid access road. There are limited spaces, if we park sensibly, we will be able to accommodate everyone.
      (Container location is here https://w3w.co/closes.fence.panel)*



      • 14 Aug 2021
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 15 Aug 2021
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • Matlock Slalom Site
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      Friend of the club Barry Hughes has agreed to host a contigent of aspiring White Water Paddleboarders on his home turf at the Matlock Slalom course.

      This trip is an introduction to moving water for paddleboarders and is aimed at paddleboarders who are competent on flat water and happy to move around their board. Please contact us if you are unsure of your suitability.

      The trip will also be open to 3 star standard kayakers who are able to paddle in a peer group.

      The plan is to camp in or near Matlock (details to follow) over the weekend and join Barry for a 2 hour session on both the Saturday and Sunday morning. There will be an opportunity to kayak at the same time or in the afternoon for any paddleboarders who also kayak.

      Knee pads are advised as is consuming Barry's video archive on facebook - facebook.com/barrywwsup. Barry does have some spare kit if required, though this is very limited.

      • 11 Sep 2021
      • 18:00 - 19:00 (UTC+01:00)
      • Folkestone Sports Centre
      • 15
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      Trial Pool Sessions

      This is the second of the two pool sessions we are trailing at Folkestone Sports Centre, if these are successful they will be come a regular booking in the events calendar 

      Booking Details

      These trials will be open to 20 members at a time and the sessions will last for one hour. At this time we ask that members only book a place for one of the advertised pool sessions; priority for the second session will be given to those who did not attend the first session.

      When booking via the website or app, you will receive a confirmation email if you have been allocated a place, as stated.

      If you haven't pre-booked and session is full, you will not be allowed to join the session as we have to adhere to maximum numbers (20); please do not turn up, hoping to squeeze in as you WILL be turned away.

      Cancelling your booking

      If you have booked a place and cannot attend you can cancel your booking via the website. It is not currently possible to cancel via the app. Please ensure you do this so anyone on the wait-list can attend in your place. If you struggle with this, please get in touch, so we can free up you place

      Arriving on-site

      The sessions will start promptly at 18:00, please arrive with plenty of time to find a parking place and get your kit to the pool. It is advisable to turn up ready to paddle and then use the changing rooms at the end of the session.

      Equipment

      You will need to bring your own equipment and it must be cleaned prior to entering the pool. WE CANNOT BRING DIRTY KAYAKS INTO THE POOL.

      If you do not have your own equipment and wish to borrow some, please make sure you book it out in advance

      Changing rooms

      The pools changing rooms are available to members throughout the session. 

      NOTE: THE CHANGING ROOMS, ALTHOUGH SINGLE SEX ARE OPEN PLAN. ADULTS AND CHILDREN CHANGE TOGETHER, THUS GUARDIANS OF UNDER 18’s SHOULD MANAGE ACCORDINGLY.

      Parents and Guardians of juniors age 12 years and under must remain at pool during the sessions.

      Address

      Radnor Park Ave,

      Folkestone

      CT19 5HX


    Past events

    1 Aug 2021 Intro to moving water - Yalding
    1 Aug 2021 Pirates take on Lee Valley
    26 Jul 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    24 Jul 2021 Day trip to Joss Bay
    19 Jul 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    18 Jul 2021 Stour - River Trip - Grove Ferry
    17 Jul 2021 Open Pool Session 1of2
    12 Jul 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    11 Jul 2021 Pirates take on Lee Valley - Part II
    10 Jul 2021 Saturday @ Conningbrook lake
    5 Jul 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    3 Jul 2021 Saturday @ Conningbrook lake
    28 Jun 2021 Pirate head to the Seaside
    26 Jun 2021 Pirates take on the Nene
    21 Jun 2021 Location change - Now Conningbrook lake
    19 Jun 2021 Saturday @ Conningbrook lake
    14 Jun 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    7 Jun 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    6 Jun 2021 Pirates take on Lee Valley
    5 Jun 2021 Saturday @ Conningbrook lake
    5 Jun 2021 Introduction to canoeing
    31 May 2021 Family day and Picnic
    24 May 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    23 May 2021 Sunday @ Conningbrook lake
    17 May 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    15 May 2021 Pirates do Yalding
    11 May 2021 Extraordinary General Meeting
    10 May 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    4 May 2021 Beginners Course
    4 May 2021 Tuesday @ Conningbrook lake
    4 May 2021 Beginners Course Juniors
    27 Apr 2021 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    26 Apr 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    24 Apr 2021 River Clean up - Conningbrook lake
    19 Apr 2021 Mondays @ Conningbrook lake
    14 Nov 2020 *** CANCELLED*** Saturday Mornings at the lake - PEER PADDLE
    14 Nov 2020 ***CANCELLED*** Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
    6 Nov 2020 ***CANCELLED***Devon Whitewater Trip
    31 Oct 2020 Fright Night Paddle
    25 Oct 2020 Sunday Morning at the lake - Skills session
    25 Oct 2020 Sea Kayaking Skills Session
    24 Oct 2020 River Medway Trip
    17 Oct 2020 Yalding - River Trip
    10 Oct 2020 Saturday Morning at the Conningbrook Lake ADULT ONLY
    3 Oct 2020 Saturday at the Conningbrook
    29 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake - Last of the Summer Wine
    26 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
    22 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
    18 Sep 2020 White Water Kayaking trip - North Wales
    15 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
    12 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
    8 Sep 2020 Conningbrook lake
    8 Sep 2020 Beginners and New Members
    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 - Paddle-Boarders
    17 Aug 2020 Conningbrook lake
    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.


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