Club News

Another Well Done

To Anna for finally getting signed off for her 3* WW.

Weekend catch up  1/2 Dec

Whilst some of us enjoyed Christmas shopping, DIY or family time, the rest were off exploring. For the die hards, an early start to catch the tide from Heybridge for a weekend of paddling and camping and for others, a spot of gardening, BCC style.

Some surf training off of Old Felixstowe

See the blog. In the mean time sometimes it pays to put the camera down and help a friend……


Catch up for November

Core Coaching  10/11/18 – for those attending this course pick up will be at 06:00 and on the water for 09:00. Don’t forget your paddling equipment and packed lunch. Finally good luck!

Coaches meeting  16/11/18– For all coaches a reminder that the date is the 16th November. Please let Kevin and Maggie know for catering purposes. You should have all seen the email, so have a think before the meeting.

Committee meeting 28/11/18– This has been set for the 28th November and is the last official meeting before the AGM. If anyone has any questions or topics they would like brought up please let a member of the committee know so that it can be added to the agenda.

Paddling this w/e 10/11 Nov – There are a  couple of paddles going this weekend. Keep an eye out on the forum and other media for details. Remember you are responsible for your own safety and ability more so now that the temperature is dropping. It might be a nice sunny day but the water is a lot colder than you think. Play safe.

Finally check out the pictures on the blog of the recent Windmill farm trip – looks fantastic up close, but I know it was a bit of a tough paddle. If you are planning a paddle  be it white water, sea river or surf or would like help in planning one please don’t be afraid to ask for guidance. There are enough experienced kayakers in the club who would be willing to help or point you in the right direction. We are lucky to have a club which is involved in so many different disciplines – something for everyone.

submitted by webmaster 091118

A change of boat, a change of scenery and a change of pace

With so much training going on recently with 3 star sea and assessment course along with WW trips to Devon, it was nice to get out of the mayhem and go for an open boat paddle see blog.

submitted by John H 211018

A Massive Congratulations

Well done to all 6 club members who passed their 3* sea assessment on the Blackwater Estuary last weekend. John, Andy E, Anna, Andie B, Liz, and Mark. Another 2 guys from MAD also passed, Roger and Johnie short shorts. Thanks to Clive for setting up the Assessment and Charlie for assessing. If you want to do your 3* sea or any other training and assessments next year make yourself known to our coaches.

Submitted by Barry I 161018

Eventful Weekend in Devon

The October WW trip clashed with Hurricane Calum’s arrival on the West of England, so off we went to Devon. See Blog.

Submitted by Barry I 161018

Kent Canoe Demo Night Monday 17th September

Just a reminder that we have Kent Canoes coming to the pool tonight
with their demo fleet. If you’re wanting to purchase a kayak for the
first time or are getting bored with your current boat then this is a
great opportunity to try some other boats!

See you all there,

Mike Dalby Club Secretary

Don’t forget the club BBQ Sat 1 Sept 4 pm Hoe Mill Lock. Bring your own Barbie food and drink plus boat if you fancy a paddle afterwards

Fancy a paddle this Sunday 2 Sept?  See forum for details

Saturday 25th. 3* Sea training at West Mersea.

Early start. meeting at West mersea to get some 3* sea training done as the assessment is creeping up on us. Some back to basic training on this one. Covering Forward paddling using good trunk rotation, catch and power phases, the awareness of lower limb cycling and the push and pull ratio of the arms. Maintaining Direction using Edging and Reverse paddling working on control with a figure of eight course to perfect. We also paddled out into the Blackwater estuary to have a look at Buoys and do some practical navigation, positioning on OS maps with grid references, Long and Lat with charts and distances. Some thought provoking stuff.  6 of us attended the training trip Myself (Barry), Kevin training Andy E, Andie B, Mark B as trainees and Sam already 3* sea coming along and joining in.

I’m sorting out various other 3* sea training evenings/days/weekends. The next one is Friday 31st Aug (see trips and training forums), you don’t have to be doing your 3*sea assessment this time to join us on any of the training there’s always something to learn.

We will be doing some training during our weekend trip to Anglesey on the water and in the pub in the evening.

Monday night 3* training session 20 August 2018

Monday nights pool session was aimed at various rescues and rolling practice in readiness for those taking their British Canoeing 3 star sea award and general safety on the water. Lots of sea kayaks in the pool and a very enthusiastic group of kayakers made this a very enjoyable session indeed. The group were put through their paces, doing self rescues, rescuing one another and rolling different kayaks. It was very interesting watching the various methods and techniques of rescuing a kayaker out of his/her boat – semi submerged leverage, strope, paddle with a float, paddle without a float and so on. Lots of practice in emptying a waterlogged boat and rolling also took place. Big thank you to Kevin R and Barry I for overseeing this session. The practice, feed back, and lessons learnt will make us all safer on future trips. This was followed up with a question and answer discussion in the pub afterwards. See links for videos of training session Andy B Andy E James with BA James no BA  John H 

Submitted by John H Vic Chair 210818

August already?

How time flies, middle of August so soon? Just a quick update – The club committee meeting took place, two hours of eating chocolate biscuits and drinking tea, we put the world to rights, including discussing health and safety issues, BC star courses, coaches courses, new boats and equipment, club BBQ, along with a tick off list of what has been achieved so far this year.

Lots of people have been out and about paddling on the sea and at Lee Valley WW, avoiding the rivers due to green/blue algae concerns.

There’s a camping weekend coming up soon and Mike has organised a BBQ for the 1 Sept 4pm at Hoe Mill Lock. Bring your food and portable bbq and boat if you fancy a paddle with your family.

Keep an eye on the Events calendar, FB, the forum and your emails. If you’re planning an event please LET US KNOW so we can advertise it.

For the club members who still haven’t paddled in the wild yet, cut the apron strings tying you to the pool and get out there. Lots of experienced members would be happy to take you out on an adventure. Its amazing whats on your back door step which can’t be seen by any other means than a boat. 

Upcoming Events

Monday Evening Pool Sessions. Every Monday 20:15 – 21:15 poolside, Witham Leisure, CM8 1EP (apart from Bank Holiday Mondays)

Friday evening Paddles during (British Summer Time) see trips forum.

Bridge Jump/Xmas meal. 24th December

Dash-n-Splash WW trip. 29th December

Burn Off the Pudding Paddle. 6th January 2019

White water trip to North Wales 12-13th January 2019

Club AGM and post Paddle 10th February 2019

Blackwater tour 31st March 2019 (Booking essential)

Woolacombe Surf Bank Holiday weekend 4-5-6th May 2019

The Trips Forum for more up to date info.

For Next Year and Beyond

Begging of the year there will be lots of training announced, White water, Sea, Surf and Touring and the Lundy Island adventure 2019 TBA.

Scotland 2020. A week of sea kayaking on the west coast with plenty of wild camping!

More info on all trips can be found on the Trips Forum page and EVENTS calendar. Extra trips always added throughout the year.

Trip suggestions always gratefully accepted

Submitted by Barry Events coordinator

  Training and Training trips.

Training for 2019 is being worked on alongside the trips/events calendar so we can blend everything together. New personal awards are being rolled out by BC so they wont be called 2-3-4 and 5* anymore but it’s only a name, your personal development in your chosen discipline is still achievable. Speak to a coach, they don’t bite and they can get you pointed in the right direction.

With that said all my Sea trips planned will incorporate something to work on! We need to look at and work on personal paddling skills, practical Navigation, tidal planning, distance, team work, group kit, personal kit, rescues, first aid exercises, scenarios (stuff happens)!

Our Monday night pool sessions are always full of training opportunities, use them.


Training trips will be published as and when. Normally when the weather is warmer. Keep an eye out on the forum and Events Calendar.