Club News


 SHOUT, REACH THROW  – Monday 11th’s pool session

If you weren’t there, you missed out on this rescue session. Monday night was rescue night Shout .. Reach…. Throw….. Go…..& Row….. We also had some great demonstrations from Anna & Barry, Anna definitely had the upper hand as she managed to play bad victim really well & drowned Barry twice ! 😂 (Only pretend drowning you understand – we’re a very responsible club & take H&S very seriously indeed !) We also had boat to boat rescues practising ‘T’, ‘H’ & dead man rescues (again not really dead, only pretending see above re; H&S).

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Next training session/paddle event

OPEN BOAT TRAINING Please log onto the forum and let the organiser know that you intend participating.  Click on the link Open Boat Training

Quick up Date 11th Feb 

The AGM has now taken place and the new committee has been formed.
The minutes from the AGM will be sent out shortly by our Secretary Mike.  As has now become customary, the post AGM paddle went ahead despite the rather windy conditions. Paul will be writing a blog on this trip, his maiden “wild sea” voyage. Many thanks to all those who attended the meeting and braved the paddle afterwards, and a special thank you to Marconi Sailing Club for allowing us to use their facilities for this event.

John H. Vice Chairman

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Ok you’ve got the message AGM is next Sunday 10th Feb! If you have anything you would like to discuss or raise please let a member of the committee or the secretary know beforehand if possible. Don’t forget your kit if you intend paddling.

Training n’ stuff

What a busy couple of weeks. Training sessions, impromptu paddles, sneaky paddles and for some no paddles at all. Ebay has been kept busy with bargains being purchased such as ponchos and sailing kites, all good stuff. We had another demo night from Nucleus Watersports at the pool side along with a lot of one to one training taking place as well as group sessions. And just as you thought it couldn’t get any better than the OB training at the end of Jan along comes a sea kayak training session off of Old Felixstowe. Very well supported amongst our sea kayaking members, lots learnt, lots to think about,lots of swims and lots of rescues to think about too! Here’s a picture of Mark after he’d stopped messing around in the water. He was trying to preserve his gel coat from the shingle beach – apparently.

The weather was fantastic, the training was brilliant and, as ever with Bramston Canoe Club, good company comes guaranteed.

Thank you to Barry I and Kevin R for organising this training session.

AGM February

You should all have received the agenda by now. If you have anything you would like to discuss or bring up/have represented, please let a member of the committee know or send an email to the secretary. Please let our Secretary know if you intend paddling afterwards. No matter what state of the tide we will be able to get on the water. The wind will be our deciding factor. For the less experienced sea kayaker, there are enough sheltered areas for you to get your boat wet. Don’t forget to bring your eggs and bacon and cooking wares, and for the those without – sandwiches.

We’ve started 2019

New boats arrived along with some new spray decks and also an impromtu demo night courtesy of Kent Canoes.

Some members have been showing off their xmas presents, along with their new acquisitions. The paddling calendar trips and expeditions are already in full swing. Keep an eye out on the forum, events Calendar and other BCC media to know whats going on and where. People have already started booking campsites for our up coming surf weekend in May.

Burn off the xmas pudding paddle was well supported, with a quick trip around the Walton back waters seal hunting, well spotting.This was followed by a bit of surfing on the tidal race around Stone Point


Now test your eye sight and spot the difference

Cracking paddle around Walton backwaters, thanks to Anna J for her suggestion and to Barry I for organising it.

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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……

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.

Sea Kayak training. Old Felixstowe 3rd February 2019

Club AGM and Post AGM Paddle 10th February 2019

Club Paddle 10th March

Surf Weekend 23-24th March

Blackwater tour 31st March 2019 (Booking essential) 

Friday Evening paddles start 5th April

White Water trip (Washburn) 5-6-7th April

Club Paddle 14th April

Open boating / touring training, Kent. 27th April

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

Sea Kayak Training Day 12th May

Club Paddle 19th May

See The Trips Forum and Training Forum for more up to date info.

For Next Year and Beyond

Beginning 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 Training forum and Events Calendar.