Meridian Canoe Club
Can I thank all those who have helped over the past few days to weed the lake?
I don't mean to be alarmist but........ Genesis wrote a song about this problem...
Are we all doomed?
Posted: 20 May 2013 10:12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/famil ... roads.html
Anyone fancy organising a trip?
Posted: 19 Apr 2013 20:19
Kayakers paddle to within feet of molten lava from Kilauea volcano, Hawaii.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picture ... me=2524345
Posted: 02 Apr 2013 07:10
Dave Wise, one of the people behind Discover Your Estuary http://www.discoveryourestuary.com/cano ... /page.html spent 45 days on Darnet Island and kept a video diary.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... qch_NRdZuA
The video shows Dave paddling out to Darnet , setting up camp and how he spent the days, mainly on his own, trying to live off the land.
One thing that you can hear throughout the video is the wind. There is no escape from it.
Posted: 06 Mar 2013 21:38
Looks like the calm and tranquility of LV has gone for the time being, double figure amount of cars broken into on thursday night in the new 'temporary' car park, no lights, no cameras no security, so rich pickings for some keen eyed scum bags.
Any car without an alarm (and a couple with I believe) was broken onto either by smashing the windows to get to bags on backseats or the locks were forced with a screw driver.
Don't think this could only happen in the dark on Thursday, it only takes a second or two to smash a window and grab whatever comes to hand.
So for the time being especially, treat LV like any normal river, keep your kit out of site and to a minimum. With the lack of rafting at the moment the lockers are free so use them for anything you really don't want to lose.
Once there's a list of nicked kit I'll post it up.
We'll see what LV do as well, no lighting is a joke.
Posted: 02 Mar 2013 12:49
google the following : Wetten, dass ..? Wettkönig Kajak Wette 08.12.12 Außenwette
any takers ????????? i'm in
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 23:22
Bad news, Brookbank has officially gone down the plug hole with the sad loss of many jobs, hope nobody had ordered a boat through them and left a deposit, the queue for the cash may well be long.
http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... =3&t=97806
Its been on the cards for a wile now and Pyranha pulling the plug on supply and the bad press this created seems to have been the final nail in the coffin.
Posted: 13 Dec 2012 11:54
I have posted a video on Utube of the Thames trip, the video is 'Meridian Thames Trip Nov 2012', my first attemopt but I'm sure it will imnprove! Apologies for the music but it seemed the most apt.
Took ages for me to edit, now I know what you mean cormac.
Posted: 01 Dec 2012 09:29
Popped up to the pool today to return the microbat and the keys done a vanishing act, not behind the counter, or poolside and the containers locked, spooky
Any leads Poirot? Rather urgent what with the pool session tonight...
Posted: 29 Nov 2012 15:29
Derek Hutchinson, who has died aged 79, was known as “the father of sea kayaking” and was the first man to cross the North Sea in a canoe.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... inson.html
Posted: 26 Nov 2012 21:41
brookbanks have a sale on
be quick the 2 things i was after were sold out
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 10:00
From talking around there does seem to be a latent demand for a 2 Star course in the near future.
I will try to organise something to cater for this, so please let me know if you are interested.
Remember that 2 Star does involve rescue work , which can be tricky as the water temperature falls, so it please get your skills up to speed in the pool, so we can spend the minimum amount of time getting cold.
(0) 7703 823619
Posted: 21 Oct 2012 20:41
This is a bit left-field, but as we're a happy community of like-minded folks, I thought I'd ask...
Do you, or does someone you know, work in employment law? I have a friend who's having trouble being bullied at work, who could really use some advice as to how to deal with the situation. Unfortunately, it's not a simple situation; the company is incestuous, and is likely to close ranks. If its not dealt with effectively, it could end up with the wrong person losing their job.
Posted: 05 Oct 2012 19:24
Kathryn and I together with members of other clubs attended this paddle organised by Bewl Water Canoe Club.
This was a well organised trip with excellent weather and great company.
(Right click and click on view image)
Thanks are due to Clive at Bewl for organising this trip and to Tony at Meridian for securing equipment for the trip.
We will keep the club informed of any other inter-club paddles.
By the way, this is what happens if you try to seal launch from a ladder..
and click on
Posted: 11 Sep 2012 21:19
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... ircle.html
Something to try this winter if the lake freezes?
Posted: 08 Sep 2012 08:17
..is available at:-
Posted: 04 Sep 2012 08:07
Maidstone CC will be doing a paddle from Queenborough to Burntwick Island on Saturday 18th August, and have asked if any of your club members would like to join them.
Date: Saturday 18th August
Meet time: 11:00am
Meet location: car park at Queenborough N 51 deg 25 mins, E 0 44.5
Distance: approx 8 miles (with some tidal assistance)
Boats: any boat is suitable for this trip, (it will not be a fast paddle)
Food/Drink: Bring packed lunch and drinks
Coaches: various from Maidstone CC
Organiser: Geoff Orford firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s there: Burnwick Island was used as a dump for bottles in the 19th Century and the remains (not all broken) can be found lying on the beach but excavating for them is damaging to the environment. The Island is mostly covered at high tide but there are some ruins of barrack buildings that can be paddle through. Quite an interesting paddle and not too demanding.
No restrictions on numbers.
Posted: 24 Jul 2012 14:10
Boathouse is available if you wish to return equipment or use the ergos
Posted: 20 Jul 2012 15:08
Is the lake open this Saturday morning (21st July) ?
Will preparations for Sunday's show affect us?
Or will it be pollution due to the recent rain......
Posted: 20 Jul 2012 08:21
I can do splashday if you need any more help
Posted: 04 Jun 2012 17:28
In i my humble opinion the only pub in kent that was worse than the crook log was the stables in danson park.
How ever i have been in there a couple of times over the last couple of weeks and it seems much better . no car parking issues (even iron lungs van would be easy to park) the bar staff even manage to smile and the beers actually taste like beer.
I spoke to the new manager and he is happy to have young ones in the bar area,
so it may be worth trying the stables out as an apr'e paddle venue.
Just a thought guys and girls
Posted: 21 May 2012 08:08
Has a date been set for this year's AGM?
My social diary is filling up.
Posted: 09 May 2012 20:39
Having just briefly glanced through the latest issue that arrived on Saturday there are 3 mentions of Meridian that I have found. Can anyone else add more?
Page 10 Canoe Polo. mention of Meridian as joint Div 1 leaders.
Page 37 Devizes to Westminster Race , Sam buying the entry for Will and Dan
Page 43 Tim Harlow's photo of Tim Young open boating at the Medway , wrong caption but never mind)
Page 50 Mini profile of Jack Robson , plenty of mentions of Meridian and Danson
We are also involved in Go Canoeing week and the Medway Clean Up weekend and other initiatives, but no specific mentions.
Posted: 09 Apr 2012 14:33
We are looking for volunteers to help us at Westminster for the DW race. We need help on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th April.There are 3 opportunities to help, Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Monday morning, ABOUT 6am or 6pm (times to be confirmed) and we need bodies to help on the steps, marshalling ( particularly on Monday morning) and in the tea tents, paddlers and partners very welcome but anybody can come! Food and beverages supplied while on site. If anyone wants to do all they can also stay on site, just take a sleeping bag but this needs to be organised in advance.
Contact Lynette on 0795 875 4120 or email@example.com or Ron on 0740 396 6708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 01 Apr 2012 15:33
Some of us may be aware that the Meridian flag is being flown this year at the DW by Will Borret and Dan Robson , who are boat number 311 in the Senior K2 class.
They are starting from Devizes at approx 09.00 on Sat 7th and will reach the Westminster Bridge finishing line around 08.00 on Sunday morning after 125 miles and 77 portages of the world's most gruelling non-stop canoe marathon.
Please support them on their way by monitoring their progress on the DW website.
Use the "where's my crew"
http://www.dwrace.org.uk/results/2012/P ... night.html on the following link:
Rumour has it that another club team is getting themselves prepared for a 2013 attempt.
Posted: 31 Mar 2012 08:08
Many of us did a coaching update about 3 years ago at Bewell, which means that we now need to update it.
The BCU is running one on 29th April at Leaside in Hackney. I have registered , does anyone else want to come along?
Posted: 19 Mar 2012 20:52
Are we collecting them this year?
Posted: 15 Mar 2012 11:14
Will the lake be open this Saturday or is it still closed due to gas powered pollution?
Posted: 09 Mar 2012 12:08
We’re on the scrounge for a favour.
Lewis’ newly repaired polo boat is now ready for collection from Dave Brown in Chester (at DB Xclusive, CH1 6BS). Having it couriered is not really an option following a previous problem when the boat was damaged.
If you’re going to be in the Chester area any time in the next couple of weeks, and if you wouldn’t mind collecting the boat, please let Teresa know on 07980 389540.
We’ll obviously reimburse you for any extra fuel used!!
Posted: 06 Mar 2012 16:36
Don Starkell, who has died aged 79, won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records after he and his son Dana completed a 19,500-kilometre journey by canoe from the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Belem, a Brazilian city at the mouth of the Amazon; later he traversed most of the Northwest Passage in the Arctic by kayak, but had to be rescued after losing chunks of his fingers and toes to frostbite.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... rkell.html
Posted: 10 Feb 2012 21:38
Hi Kevin (Is that Kevin from our old committee days?) Still involved with Meridian (am Membership officer) Paddle quite a lot but don't really compete much. Saw some old faces from Shepperton at last years inter=club champs (was paddling veteran) Sorry to hear you cant paddle anymore. What were you doing at the bike show with shoulder problems then?
Posted: 27 Feb 2012 22:40
At the end of Thursday's pool session a light green back bag containing and cream coloured towel and reddish swimming costume was left by the doors.
I have handed it into reception for the owner to claim.
Posted: 02 Feb 2012 23:26
River Medway at Yalding drainage
The River Medway at Yalding has been drained down for essential maintenance works to be carried out until 30th January.
Checkout the following link for more information
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 08:15
Due to much needed repairs to the main shutter in front of our racking at the boathouse. This weekend the only access to boats will be through the small wicket door.
I think all of the plastic General fleet and slalom boats will be available, however access to Open canoes and Racing boats will be challanging, please make sure that we deal with the situation with care to both yourselves and the equipment. Ask for help if needed and return kit to where you got it from.
Posted: 26 Jan 2012 21:18
Danson lake is Currently Closed for paddlesports. Do not paddle until ban has been lifted.
will update when we hear more
Posted: 05 Jan 2012 11:58
Thames trip is in the January edition of The Bexley Chronicle.
Or click on
and go to page 12.
Available free from stations and supermarkets.
Will bring copies to the pool on Thursday and the lake on Saturday.
Posted: 21 Dec 2011 12:18
Meridian Canoe Club last year helped the Rotary Club of Bexley with their Christmas collection on the Father Christmas Float in the Bexley, Bexleyheath and Welling area. This collection is for local charities and does a lot of good work in the local areas. I believe that over the Christmas period over £8000 was raised.
Meridian this year has offered to help out on 2 nights this year. The first night is Friday 9th December.... tomorrow!
We have the following helpers confirmed:
We could do with a few more helpers if possible.
The meeting point is Huxley Road in Welling. The float leaves about 6.15 so you need to be there a few minutes early. We normally finish at the same point about 8.15 - 8.30 depending on the number of helpers.
The next night is Tuesday 20th December so please put this is your diary - we will be looking for about 16 helpers.
All help appreciated including small people if a parent is helping.
Christmas hats are always good and keep you warm!
Please ring or text Brian on 07828 107204
Posted: 08 Dec 2011 20:23
Danson Lake is shut (as of 02/12/2011) until further notice. Due to pollution from a sewer fault.
Posted: 02 Dec 2011 15:35
I borrowed Brian's spraydeck on Saturday to use at the lake. I took it off next to the bench and left it there, when I went back for it to go home it had disappeared. I looked in the obvious places that someone may have moved it to but could not find it. If you were at the lake on Saturday can you check to see if you picked it up by mistake. Not sure what the make is but it is a little old but clearly has Brian's name marked inside it.
Thanks for looking!
Posted: 06 Nov 2011 09:20
Just to remind you about the course scheduled for the 21st November. Applications need to be in by 13th November, so please get these to me ASAP.
Just a reminder that as of 1st January 2012, all level 2 coaches and above will need to hold some form of Child Protection training and all coaches working regularly or alone with children or young people need to take this course.
Email me for an application form. email@example.com
Look forward to hearing from you.
Posted: 02 Nov 2011 13:25
Tonight BBC2 at 9pm.The Most Courageous Raid of WWII.
With a unit of twelve Royal Marine commandos, Major Blondie Hasler believed his 'cockleshell' canoe could be effectively used in clandestine attacks on the enemy. Their brief was to navigate the most heavily defended estuary in Europe, to dodge searchlights, machine-gun posts and armed river-patrol craft 70 miles downriver, and then to blow up enemy shipping in Bordeaux harbour.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... d_of_WWII/
Posted: 01 Nov 2011 08:43
If you have a boat overhanging the rear of your car, it's a good idea to attach a red flag or something that will attract the overhang to driver of the following vehicle.
Posted: 23 Oct 2011 18:57
Someone left a black sports bag at the lake this morning containing a wetsuit, neoprene boots, towel & jacket. If this is yours, please collect it from DPWS (we handed it in to Grace)
Paul & Teresa
Posted: 15 Oct 2011 13:12
A member of staff has asked for help on two points.
1.Could we keep the rear doors closed during the session?
This has nothing to do with the language being used but to keep the heat in and the draft out.
Could a A4 laminated poster be made reading 'Please Keep Doors Closed' complete with a hole and a piece of string so I can attached it to the doors during the session?
2. If we get into the pool on time, can we get out at 10.15 as per agreement?
Recently some people have been reluctant to get out on time.
I won't mention the names of these malingerers as this might cause embarrassment....
Can we have a whistle in the box so I can blow the final whistle?
Finally the cost of the session is £5.
Some people are putting down they've paid £5 but putting 4 £1 coins in the envelope!
I know who these people are and where they live....
Posted: 14 Oct 2011 21:39
I have received this request from one of my Scouting contacts.
Could members spend 15-20 minutes answering questions in Katie's poll?
My name is Katie Fisher and I am studying for a Masters in Environmental Management for Conservation and Recreation through the Department of Development and Society at Sheffield Hallem University, under the supervision of Suzanne Leckie.
With over 15 years of kayaking experience, I have decided to use my dissertation as an opportunity to explore the ways in which white-water kayakers paddling rivers in England and Wales use and value information about their sport, both in relation to making decisions about a typical day trip and more generally, for information and leisure.
The purpose of this study is to try and improve the way information is made available, so it reaches the right paddlers at the right time and place, enabling them to make informed decisions about their paddling.
This email is an invitation for you and your members and friends to participate in the study. As the email header suggests, participants should be over 16 and kayaking rivers (grade II+) in England and/or Wales. Participation in the study will entail completing a self-completion questionnaire, which will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. It is mainly tick boxes and drop downs, so very little typing. You cannot save and return later to your responses, so please ensure you have enough time.
To take part please follow the link below or copy into your internet browser. This will open up the questionnaire which is on the survey hosting website, called Survey Monkey.
Whether you are eligible to take part or not, please could you forward this to other paddlers you know or post the link it onto your social media sites, websites or forums!
If you require any further information prior, during or after participating in the study please do not hesitate to get in contact with either myself, or if necessary my supervisor.
E-mail details: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Thank you in advance for your time, it’s very much appreciated!
Posted: 10 Oct 2011 22:00
Posted: 21 Sep 2011 19:59
Highlights of 2011's World Championships in Bratislava. Britain sent a strong team, including former European champion Campbell Walsh and Beijing Olympic silver medallist David Florence. Florence won gold on the London Olympic course earlier this year and was looking for another boost on the challenging whitewater course in Slovakia.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... 8_09_2011/
Posted: 18 Sep 2011 22:12
I have an idea for increasing the club's open canoe fleet at minimal cost...
Has anyone paddled one of these things?
Posted: 30 Aug 2011 21:16
http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... =3&t=80127
If it wasn't so serious it'd be a joke
Posted: 22 Jul 2011 20:29
AGM 13 June 2011 7pm for a 730pm start @ The Lord Kitchener Welling
The club has become increasingly busy in many respects and the management committee has been able to cover a lot more ground during committee meetings following the reduction in size of the committee however the reduced no of committee members and the failure of our ability to organise and draw in support from the rest of the club via the steering group has made the committee realise that we need to look again at how we currently run the club.
Please note that the clubs Secretary Russell Haddock will not be standing for election although all of the clubs current committee positions are to be re elected at the AGM the other incumbents are planning to stand for election.
The clubs committee is currently considering the following proposal for the AGM on the 13/06/2011 but we would like to start discussions earlier and to try and engage the whole club in this discussion.
The proposal is.... for a 3 tier club management structure for Meridian Canoe Club
Tier 1 (expected to attend both Executive and General Committee meetings)
The Executive members will vote, where necessary on all decisions with a financial or strategic outcome is required but will be guided.
Exec business will be discussed in the 1st part of any committee meeting
Executive committee members
Club Equipment Officer
Tier 2 (expected to Attend general Committee meetings)
Whilst the Executive members will hold the voting rights for the whole committee it is not anticipated that the business of this group will typically require a vote instead the decisions will be reached through discussion.
Individuals who make up this group may have more than one area of interest and they should be seen as advisers for those area’s they do not have to be responsible for organising everything in their areas of interest
Flat water Racing
Tier 3 (can attend any committee meetings at any time like any member but invited when there is something on the agenda relevant)
Club Calendar Administrator
Pool monies collectors
Guest Membership Admin
Location specific Equipment officers ( Crooklog, Boathouse, Polo Pitches, Trailer)
Funding opportunities administrators
Boathouse Kitchen supervisor
Jack Petchey Foundation
London International Organisers
Danson Festival Organisers
The lists of roles above should not be seen as a limit to what you might do for the club so if there is something that you would like to do or if you would like to take on any of the roles listed above please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted: 13 May 2011 12:12
...and I found this on an open canoe forum!
http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/ ... Time-Trial
Incredible onboard video footage.
Posted: 12 May 2011 22:28
Boy, 14, drowns after canoe capsizes in front of friend during Easter holiday tragedy.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... agedy.html
Posted: 19 Apr 2011 13:22
For those interested in providing safety kayaking for trialthlons and open water swims etc , there is a training course being run by Herts CC at the Princes Club near Heathrow on Sun May 1st.
This will lead to a qualification recognised by both BCU (and the Lifeguards?) and will stand you in good stead for any of the work that will be available this year and for a further 2 years thereafter.
I plan to take a car across and could take other interested paddlers if you would like to contact me.
Most of you will have already registered with Nova for the Gt London swim on Sat July 2nd , if not get you name down pretty soon with this lady Rebecca.Luckley@nova-international.com.
A list of the other events can be found here
I also have a number of other dates for safety cover needed for "adventure" type racing and I will post these as well.
Regards to all
Posted: 06 Apr 2011 07:46
The National Students Union is hosting a polo tournament in arrangement with Bexley Council. Meridian has no involvement or control over this event. Although the lake is not closed , they will have exclusive use of the polo pitches. The committee is advising members to stay away if possible. Please do not get involved as a member of Meridian Canoe Club. This is a Bexley Council / NUS event and nothing to do with Meridian Canoe Club.
Posted: 06 Mar 2011 16:35
The EA have started work to put in canoe chutes at Tonbridge and Oak locks (the river is shut between Tonbridge and Sluice Gate as a result while the chutes are installed)
This will mean that it will be possible to paddle from Tonbridge to Yalding without portaging anything and make the trip more enjoyable. OK, so the new chutes are likely to be the "brush" type which is not so fast as the simple concrete slide at Sluice Gate, but this what the heck, it will make it a continuous trip and that is good.
See details and dates here
Posted: 16 Feb 2011 16:44
A birch bark canoe believe to be over 250 years old has been found and is being restored to be displayed at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.
http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/whatso ... _cornwall/
I understand it was this canoe that Giles as a young man gained his BCU 1*...
Posted: 07 Feb 2011 23:23
i recently ordered an ipod through the following company, the site looked official so i stood the old three card trick. The bank contacted me this morning telling me firstly its a scam and secondly as i gave them my details willingly i might have trouble getting my money back.
use this company at your own peril
AKA a right tit.
Please pass this mail on to all of your contacts
Posted: 07 Dec 2010 08:36
Will the lake be open on Saturday 15th January?
Now getting hallucinations...
Posted: 14 Jan 2011 22:33
Well done everyone involved in this weekend just gone's North Wales trip.
During a busy weekend, ww was tried for the first time, rescues were performed, 3 star ww training was undertaken and some excellent paddling was had by all.
Oh yes -- and Will and Laura (and Andy!) passed their level 3 coach assessment!
Well done guys!
Posted: 14 Nov 2010 18:02
Due to the recent heavy rainfall, the council's weekly water sample tests have picked up that there has been an increase in some of the levels of micro-organisms within the lake. As such, they have taken the decision to suspend all immersion activities on the lake for the time being. The watersports centre will still be running activities, but no kayaking or canoeing will be allowed. A fresh water sample will be carried out tommorrow morning, and we expect the levels to be back to normal by the end of the week. However we will notify you all when it is all clear to use the lake again.
Posted: 23 Aug 2010 15:15
On the 29th of July it was organised that some club members would go to Shepperton and to practice their slalom skills. After picking up the boats from Danson boathouse we left for Shepperton and arrived at about 6:45pm. We all got on by the lock at 7:00pm and practiced a couple of turns before a little warm up paddle. We then paddled round to the gates and started to practice breaking in and out of the flow for about 15mins, due to the lack of rain the water level was low which made this activity more difficult. After the flow exercise, Mark devised a course which we all followed. Every so often Mark would change the course so that we could practice turns in different places. I liked this as it enabled us to practice on different levels of flow and kept us on our toes at all times. We did this until about 9:00pm which was when we got off. We loaded on the boats and we were off back home (Danson boathouse). We got to the boathouse at about 10:30pm; we dropped the boats off and went home.
This was one of the best slalom sessions that I have ever done and I would most certainly do it again. It may have been late but it was worth it, and if you ever get the chance you should definitely give it a go.
I give it a rating of
The only problem was that it was a bit late and if it wasn’t in the school holidays it would be quite hard to do.
By Marcus Davenport
Posted: 06 Aug 2010 08:44
Over the next 3 weeks I am running a course aimed at new paddlers, or those who would like to gain a 1Star award.
The attached file gives the details.
Obviously this is targeted at those who came to our Danson Festival sessions but please pass on to anyone else who you think might be interested.
PS Sam I tried to post this in News but could not find any way of doing this. If you could switch it I think that is a more appropriate part of the forum. Thanks
Posted: 08 Jul 2010 08:16
Blue Green Algae has been identifeid at the southmere venue
Anyone who has recently paddled at southmere please insure you wash your kayak out thoroughly before using it at any other venue
Posted: 25 Jun 2010 10:23
Just a reminder that it is the Club's AGM on Monday 14th June.
Venue: Lord Kitchener (21, Wrotham Rd, Welling, Kent, DA16 1LS)
Time: 19:15 for a 19:30 start
The club's AGM will be held on the 14th June 2010. All members should see that the AGM offers all members the opportunity, not only to hear about how the club has been run over the previous year, but also to influence how the club should be run in the future. You may feel that this won’t affect you but if you are interested in paddling with the club in the next year then you should consider attending the clubs AGM.
At last year's AGM the club agreed to trial, for one year, reducing the size of the management committee from 12 members to 5. The smaller committee would then be freed up to efficiently deal with the management of the club. As well as the reduction the intention was that the management committee would then be assisted by sub committees made up of non elected interest groups.
This change has proved to be beneficial in the management of the club as far as non canoeing related matters are concerned.
However the sub committees have proved difficult to start. This could be because members don’t want to be tied to one area of the clubs activity or that not enough time has been invested in starting these groups formally. The club has still managed to run many trips and events successfully over the year. The committee all feel that this area should be reviewed at this years meeting along with agreeing whether or not to continue with the reduced committee size.
The committee currently is proposing that the sub committee’s idea could be substituted by instead running every 2 months a meeting focused on club development/paddling opportunities where members of the committee will work with a cross section of the membership in the form of a steering group. This is also hoped to facilitate members contributing to the clubs program and helping organise events for the benefit of the club. These will be chaired by a committee member who can subsequently report back to the management committee. This will be a new venture for the club and initially would need a minimum of 8-10 volunteers to represent different parts of the club to start the ball rolling. If you think you may be interested please express your interest to the Chairman prior to the AGM. This is however only a proposal and it maybe that the membership may have other ideas as to how the club can be managed in the future. If you have any suggestions on this issue or there are any other areas that you wish to have raised the AGM, please communicate these to the current Chairman in advance of the meeting.
Posted: 07 Jun 2010 11:12
Aimmee and Lewis both achieved promotion at the Bala Mill Slalom. Aimme will now be competing in Div1 Ladies and Lewis in Div 2 Mens
Posted: 02 Jun 2010 08:52
13th and 14th February 2010
Posted: 05 Feb 2010 23:58
Well done Nathan! It's now up on the canoe england website for all to see...
Posted: 25 Nov 2009 17:08
The website is now with the new hosts. There are a few things I haven't been able to copy over yet, namely the photo gallery, the calendar and some documents (minutes, events documents etc).
I'll try and get these sorted as soon as I can. It also looks like the menu bar at the top of this page has disappeared.
If anything else doesn't work please let me know, as I can't check everything!
Posted: 12 Nov 2009 09:12
Nooki neoprene spraydeck left at Crook Log Thursday 29th. Oct. If found please contact June Al- Malah or leave a message on this board.
Posted: 05 Nov 2009 23:07
It's looking like there'll be some website down time over the next couple of weeks as we're looking to change hosting company.
I'll try to keep this to a minimum but there I have very little control over the handover at the minute.
I imagine the website will go down tomorrow and it may take up to 2 weeks to get it back again. I really hope it won't be this long but please bear with us.
Posted: 04 Nov 2009 18:59
The results from the weekend Slalom at Yalding are available on the Canoe Slalom Website, http://www.canoeslalom.co.uk or they are here as well.
Posted: 27 Oct 2009 22:11
The Meridian Canoe Club Christmas Party will be held on 18 December and all members, family and friends are welcome. It will be in the same venue as last time, with a buffet, disco and raffle. Full details and information on how to buy tickets will be available shortly, but please put it in your diaries now.
Posted: 26 Oct 2009 09:05
Monday, 12 October 2009
Powerhouse British canoe polo team (including Meridian's Curly barker) continues to dominate
Great Britain's 45+ Canoe Polo team continues to dominate their opposition, scoring an impressive 19-0 victory over Aussie team, the Masterfuls in their first match of the day on Sunday.
Team GBR45+ took possession of the game in the first half, scoring 10 goals, with strong defence keeping the Masterfuls scoreless.
The Masterfuls had little chance to score in the second half, with GBR45+ netting 9 impressive goals. The Mastersfuls had an opening with one minute to go, but the attempt was skilfully blocked by GB’s goalkeeper Dave Brown.
"We have trained hard and have come half way around the world to be here, GBR45+ team member Gregor Smale said. "So our intention is to win some medals.
"We have come here to win, not to be second!"
Smale, a police officer from Bedford in England, uses canoeing to keep fit for his job.
A few members of the GBR45+ squad were part of Great Britain's national team, so they're able to demonstrate their confidence with accurate passing and shooting, and strong defence.
Masterfuls goalkeeper Frank Fielder was impressed.
"It was a tough game," he said. "But we also expected it, going by their previous games. We try to do the best we can, live life and enjoy."
GBR45+ is sitting comfortably on top of their group of 45+ men's canoe polo with six points and a big advantage on goal difference.
They are expected to ease their way into the semi-final on Monday.
taken from http://www.canoe.org.au/?Page=17928
Posted: 12 Oct 2009 13:57
The club will have two Kayaking Ergos for members to try as of this weekend for approx 1 week more info can be found by following this link http://www.meridiancanoeclub.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=369
Posted: 09 Oct 2009 13:58
Just a quick heads up on equipment. we are currently adding boats to the clubs fleet on a daily basis. This week we have put a Fun 2 (playboat), a 2nd hand Slingshot (Slalom K1) and a New Lightening in to use.
We are close to adding the 6 new Nomad slalom boats & paddles, the Hody (racing) K2's just waiting for storage bags and rearranging the racks at Danson lake before we add these. They also need some padding to make them a bit more comfortable.
Please can you make sure you return all equipment used back to where you you borrowed it from, and in the same rack position, this will help us with organising getting the new boats in.
If you wish to borrow equipment please book it out with me and look after it whilst it is in your care. If you remove footplates please ensure these are bolted back after your session. Any damage to boats or fittings please let me know.
We have also bulk purchased some boats to sell on to anyone interested details and prices to follow when we have picked up. We are always open to offers on any of the clubs fleet, so if you really like a boat or paddle talk to me. We still have a number of rotabats for sale if you know anyone interested.
Posted: 09 Oct 2009 08:49
Club Boat/Car Sticker – 4inch round fablon type external stickers are available for £1 from the Membership Officer, Nigel Abel at the pool or lake sessions.
Posted: 08 Oct 2009 15:48
for details please contact email@example.com
Posted: 28 Sep 2009 09:38
Seven mile lane shut from Wrotham end. Diversion via West Malling (or M25 Tonbridge / Hadlow) Projected finish is 9th. November.
Posted: 25 Sep 2009 13:35
Lost spray deck on wed eve (23-09-09) has anyone seen it / picked it up? It is XS in size, black with the blue and white diamond on the front. Believe dropped in the car park at Crook log. If you know where it is please leave message on website or contact Adam/Ann Williams.
Posted: 24 Sep 2009 17:50
Any members wanting to follow the Canoe Polo European Championships this weekend - this link take you to the championship website. http://www.canoepolo-euro.eu/?id=71d050 ... 84999e310d - More info, a full list of club Members playing in the GB Men’s, Ladies, and U21 teams, and the current results are being posted on the polo forum.
Women : Gold medal : beat Netherlands 2 - 1 in final having beaten Italy 4 - 0 in semi final
U21 Women : Silver Medal : Lost to France in final 3 - 4 , having beaten Poland 5 - 1 in semi final
Men : Bronze medal : Lost to Italy 1 - 2 in semi final and beat Netherlands 8 - 4 in 3rd/4th playoff
U21 Men : 5th place having beaten Netherland 3 - 1 in playoff for 5th/6th place.
Congratulations to all GB guys.
Posted: 22 Aug 2009 17:38
Thieves have broke into Southmere Boating Centre in Thamesmead SE London 2 blue and stole the following -
blue and white Pyranha Karnalis (large)
4 blue and white Pyranha G3s
1 blue and white Pyranha H3 245
A full list is in the trips and events section – Please make a note.
Contact Giles, Southmere or the police
Posted: 14 Aug 2009 08:36
Guest Membership is only available for prospective new members, for a short consecutive period, and not for on-going pool usage. Any other guest membership requires prior agreement with the committee. Free Pool access for coaching is only available to current club members, and by arrangement with the duty lifeguard.
If the coach needs to personally use a boat for any reason this should be explained to the duty lifeguard 1st, otherwise the coach will be asked to pay for the session at the normal rate.
Posted: 12 Aug 2009 12:46
Clive is off on Holiday, so can any availible coaches volunterr to help provide cover for the sessions listed below
Saturday - 1000 to 1200 Lake
Sunday - 0830 - 1000 Lake
Monday - 1830 - 2000 Lake
Tuesday - 1830 - 2000 Lake
Wednesday 1900 - 2015 pool
Thursday - 1830 - 2000 Lake
Posted: 31 Jul 2009 13:59
The Thursday night pool session should be happening as usual this
week. The Pool has reopened.
Posted: 21 Jul 2009 21:01
The club has run 3 major events over the last 3 weeks, and when the call for help was sounded Club members responded.
The club has run Come and Try IT kayaking at the Danson Festival, The London International Canoe Polo Competition and The Ergo experience at the Dartford Festival.
Posted: 24 Jul 2009 08:10
Meridian Canoe club will have a stand at this weekends Dartford festival where will have on loan from the BCU, Kayaking Ergos. Club members are welcome to come down and have a go on these machines along with the public. If anyone is interested in helping on the stand please let Mark Preddy know.
Posted: 15 Jul 2009 10:05
All please be aware that the GB squads will be training at Danson Park over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of July.
The squad will be on site at the following times
Arrive 9.30am, start 10am – finish 6pm (ish)
Start 9 am. Finish 4pm
The issue of parking will of course be an area of some contention this will be discussed with the clubs management committee, Danson park watersports and The national squads.
This clubs Forum will be updated only on this issue
Posted: 20 Jul 2009 16:08
There will be no structured club sessions this weekend provided by Clive.
The polo Pitches will be unavailable for training due to the London International
Club members should note that the club will not be able to guarantee an instructor will be available over the weekend to provide cover for beginners. Paddlers with 2Star paddlesport or old 3 star can still paddle in self supporting casual groups.
Of Course Club members may like to watch some high level canoepolo and support the club teams or help out for an hour or two.
Posted: 09 Jul 2009 11:41
The first weekend in July was the Hull international canoe polo challenge. Meridian B won the competition overall with Curly Barker, Alan Barry, Sandy Quick, Jamie Thomson, Liam and Sam Kavanagh. Class 2 was won by the Great Britain Under 21 women after beating greenstar in the final. Aimee Robson, Sam Barry, Grace Galvin and Emily Martin who are all from meridian were part of the winning team.
Posted: 06 Jul 2009 11:02
Thanks to all the Club members, Friends and Parents who helped make the Free canoeing sessions run so well this weekend.
Saturday we had 297 taster sessions
Sunday we had 380+ taster sessions
Thanks to everyone
Posted: 06 Jul 2009 11:29
The course will give coaching and instruction to take total novices up to BCU 1 Star standard over a 4 week period. Coaching will be focused on developing key early skills, but will be flexible to allow for more rapid development should the group progress. Cost is £35
Posted: 01 Jul 2009 13:00
Congratulations to Aimme Robson, Grace Galvin, Emily Martin and Sam Barry who played for Great Britain U21s Ladies in Mechelen this weekend and provided the crowd with one of the most exciting ladies games of polo I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
Kirsty Sutcliffe took Silver with GB senior Ladies
Daniel Robson, Jack Robson, Oliver Thomson and William Borrett took the bronze in the Mens U21s competition.
Danny Bowles finished 5th with the Mens Senior team
Jamie Thomson also represented Great Britain in the U21s B team
Posted: 29 Jun 2009 11:02
Please see the committee section on the forum for details
Posted: 29 Jun 2009 10:50
Please note that parents, or an adult accepting responsibility, must be present on site (Lake pool or other venue) at all times when a junior member is participating in club activities. The club coach or life guard cannot accept responsibility for your child.
Posted: 01 Jul 2009 12:59
Meridian Canoe Club will once again be running Come and Try it sessions at the Bexley Festival on the 4th and 5th of July 2009
Posted: 21 Jun 2009 16:32
For those of you unable to make it, a quick update.
Changes to Constituition accepted.
Proposal to reshape Committee accepted.
New Committee Mark Chairman
Sam gen Secretary
Nigel mem secretary
membership fees Stay the same. pools are paying for themselves.
club has money in bank & Grants for new equipment.
Looking for volunteers to support sub comittee groups to organise Events, trips, Courses & Socials.
Posted: 16 Jun 2009 09:39
The Meridian Canoe Club AGM will take place in the Lord Kitchener pub at 8pm on Monday 15th June.
Posted: 08 Jun 2009 05:13
I have just heard that Erith rowing club have a regatta on this Saturday “DANSON INVITATION DAY,PRIVATE MATCH 30th May” - From ERC website.
Posted: 27 May 2009 21:21
The April 2009 issue is now available online.
Posted: 28 Apr 2009 20:39
Details and entry form for the Time Trial and the Perception Wavehopper Challenge can now be downloaded from the Events section of the club website.
Posted: 28 Apr 2009 20:34
The club will soon be running after school sessions - click here for more info...
Posted: 24 Apr 2009 07:46
I'm trying to put together a first aid at work course.
I need to get 12 people to get a course to run.
I have got a instructor that will run a course for roughly £80pp. This would include manuals, certificates and external assessment.
That is a good price, the usual cost of that course is over £100.
The course would not have to run over consecutive days. Provided the training is completed within 3 months we can negotiate the training days, ie 2 x weekends or 4 x Saturdays / 4 x Sundays etc or a mix and match finishing with an external assessment on the last day. The course has to come to 24 hours.
If you would like to go on the course or know of anyone who would like to go on the course please let me know a.s.a.p
Posted: 14 Apr 2009 21:40
I will be running a Paddlesport 2 star and Foundation safety & rescue training at Danson lake next Wednesday (9.30-3.30) for DWSC, any club member who wants to do the UKCC level 1 Coach course in the Summer these are the qualifications you will need in advance of the course. Therefore if you are available, have not already got both awards contact me and we will include you in the training and assessment.
Posted: 08 Apr 2009 11:43
The site seems to be running again now, let me know if anyone notices anything not working (links etc.) as I haven't been able to check everything.
Posted: 02 Apr 2009 20:19
Doug Ammons talk being held at Imperial this Friday the 20th, more info at: http://www.union.ic.ac.uk/rcc/canoe/ci/dougammons
Posted: 18 Mar 2009 10:24
The Medway has been drained above Yalding weir. Normal levels below weir and constant but low(ish) flow through bridge. Work still continuing on lock and no water at new canoe get on.
NB Giles informs me that the Sluice to Yalding section is being refilled today, Friday 13th. March
Posted: 10 Mar 2009 17:14
Please see courses offered by Bexley Council below:-
Posted: 27 Feb 2009 09:33
There will be 2 Coach update forum's in March 09, these will revalidate your BCU qualifications for 3 years and come highly recommended.
Bewl Water 14th March http://canoesouth.org/uploads/south%20e ... h%2009.pdf
Wimbledon Park 15th March http://canoesouth.org/uploads/Coach%20U ... 202009.pdf
Posted: 16 Feb 2009 09:34
Danson Lake is currently open, should it freeze over again, check with the boathouse staff to see if the lake is open.
Posted: 13 Feb 2009 11:00
A reminder to all that the Thursday pool session is now 9.15 to 10.15 in the large pool. Pool staff are supposed to arrange how we change over (!) So take care as the public swim and the aerobics will be getting out as we go in
Posted: 05 Feb 2009 17:52
Sad news Dave "BF Higson passed away on Friday 2nd January. More details and stories of his paddling on UKRGB website.
Posted: 04 Jan 2009 15:31
FROM YOUR NEW MEMBERSHIP OFFICER – NIGEL ABEL
Would everyone please note that I have taken over as membership officer. All membership, renewals and new, after 14th. December must come to me complete with forms and all fees. If you chose to pay into a pool envelope or to pay Tom Dick or Fred down the pub, please ensure you get an authorised receipt. All new forms have my address on them and I am usually at 2 to 3 club sessions per week. Should you choose to pay your membership by any other means (Fred down the pub etc.) then I will endeavourer to get you a letter thanking you for your kind donations. YOU WILL NOT BE A MEMBER. And I will not chase up your payments. If you have joined or renewed in the last year and not had a membership card please let me know ASAP and I will check your status.
Remember- If you’re not a paid up member you should not be paddling on the lake or any club sessions as you will have no 3rd party insurance cover nor should you attempt to borrow club equipment. The equipment officer is in possession of an up to date membership list
Please contact – Nigel Abel.. 020.8301.4212 or e-mail .. firstname.lastname@example.org
Any new or prospective members should ignore the threats and contact me on the above!!
Posted: 23 Dec 2008 08:11
Congratulations to Nathan Hammond who has won this year's competition to design the 'Canoe England' Christmas card!
Follow this link to the BCU's website to see Nathan's winning entry:
http://www.bcu.org.uk/news/christmas-ca ... ion-winner
Posted: 02 Dec 2008 00:20
Meridian will be in the position to run a course sometime next summer at a reduced cost (less than £80 normally course cost between £200-£300 ) for anyone who lives in Bexley and between 16-19yrs of age. Spare places will be available to other club members.
Please post here or let me know if you are interested and meet critiria or wished to be considered for spare spaces.
Posted: 26 Nov 2008 14:35
All please find the clubs latest Development Event calendar at
http://www.meridiancanoeclub.com/events ... p?page=475
The events on here have been picked as they good introductory events and are relative at least to similar events held elswhere in the uk quite close.
Posted: 17 Nov 2008 15:41
The 4th Open day at the lake was wonderfully run with Julia Wickham (aka Charlotte Wickham's mum) runing the booking in and June, Andy G and Tim H looking after the newbies on the lake.
Ada as always ensured the newbies were suitably kited out....
So a big thanks to all you guys for making sure that ran smoothly.
Meanwhile at lakeside the annual task of taking those Jetties had to be removed from that lake, so the local herbets aren't tempted to walk accross the ice to play on them. This year saw some new faces join the old hands and the difference they made was more than noticable. so a Big thanks to everyone who helped young and old.
Thanks once more to all who helped
Posted: 16 Nov 2008 22:05
The Meridian Canoe Club Christmas Disco
Will be held on Friday 19 December 2008 from 7.30pm to 11.30pm
at Dartford Working Men's Club,Essex Road, Dartford, DA1 2AU
Licensed Bar & Free Buffet
Under 18s £5
Family tickets £20
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x ... search.srf
Tickets are available from June Al Malah, Di Wade or Jane Borrett at the Pool and the Boat House or by calling June on 07813 769195.
Posted: 04 Nov 2008 12:04
We currently have many newcomers to the Wednesday evening general sessions. All could do with some quality water time and some one to one coaching, if anyone wants to come along and do some teaching or just meet other paddlers your help will be welcomed. Lifeguarding is normally covered on the session by polo players on the side and by Mark P and myself.
PS I'm not going to be there on the 29th October so if someone else could start collecting the money this would be great. Malc is normally there once the session starts.
Posted: 23 Oct 2008 14:44
The clubs weekly casual paddle on the lake will be happening as usual from about 10.
The club will also be running an Open morning for non members to come and paddle and see what the club has to offer.
24 members will be off to southmere to do a 1 and 2 star course on Saturday and Sunday
Clive will be running sessions as usual 3 on saturday and 3 on sunday
Sunday morning there will also be Polo training at the lake.
Is there any other paddling going on this weekend?
Posted: 16 Oct 2008 10:37
I was sorting out my old documents on our computer and came across this piece of memorabillia (about 8 years old), reading through it brought back loads of great memories not just of this event but events associated with it.
So it got me thinking there must be loads of old stories and photos of meridian members weather it be polo, white water ,wavehopper,playboating ,open boating ,road trips,pub tales or whatever that have been doomed to the hard drive forever.
So "please" read the following and then dig out some "oldies but goldies"
To do or die at Doncaster
As I have just past the grand old age of 40 I thought that my days of trying out new sports were finished, however after taking my son William to several canoe polo sessions I (with a little encouragement from a certain Mr. M Preddy) found myself in the Meridian X team for the nationals at Doncaster.
So it was with certain trepidation that I loaded canoe’s, Tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, fridge and several packs of beer in the car and headed North up the A1 (M).
Thankfully after going to Mark Preddy cap in hand we were allowed to sleep in the visitors center on the Friday night. After arriving at about 1.30 A M Saturday morning We settled ourselves in the reception room to down a few of the by now very warm beers and then retired to our beds at about 3.00 AM.
The night did not pass as peacefully as hoped due to the fact that the only thing noisier than the bunk beds were the hinges on all the doors to and adjacent to our sleeping quarters. At about 5. 30 I woke with the desire to try out the toilet facilities but not wishing to disturb the more serious polo players I laid cross-legged until about 6.30 by which time my desire had become a necessity. So I donned as small amount of clothes as possible and headed for the menacingly noisy door, by now I was in a state of total indecision should I open the door as slow as possible and endure several seconds of groans and creaks or should I yank the door open and make a dash for it in the hope that no one would recognize the figure fleeing from the public school like dormitory, I finally decided on the later only to find that after a few steps through the door I trod on a discarded Beer bottle top (probably one I had discarded a few hours earlier). I managed to restrain myself from yelling with just enough time to get though the two remaining unforgivably noisy doors. I have decided that the reason for the lack of oil on all the door hinges can only be for some form of alarm system the motto being ”open any door and you will be detected.”
Saturday morning was dedicated to finding a pitch large enough to cater for our two tents, which turned out much harder than I had though possible. The area taped off for the participants of the polo event was only slightly larger than a scouts camp site, maybe the restrictions on open spaces due to the foot and mouth problem made it necessary to turn rural Doncaster into a mobile Peabody housing estate. The next trial of the day was to erect the tents, which of course were missing several poles and ropes; the annoyance of these losses was only surpassed by the greater annoyance of trying to drive the well-used and bent tent pegs into the terra firma (firma being the operative word).
And so at last to our first venture onto the lake. Our first match now seems to me just a blur as does the second and third matches of the day, however to the teams rescue came Chuck and chass the two lady members of The Meridian x team. After several strong, some would say course words the team was knocked into some sort of shape and I was kicked into touch the sensors of opinion being that as I am over 40 over weight with small hands and unable to roll I would probably serve the team best as the team mascot (later to be named stealth by Mr. Preddy). I found that the duty of mascot suited me fine as I was allowed to play in the match for short periods of time (normally after we were one or two goals up) and scuttle of to catch my breath as the need arouse.
Our day on the lake ended with the team in good spirit and a couple of wins under our belts.
The evening for four adults and four juniors consisted of a trip to the local pub for a meal which seemed the easiest option, until we came across the pub manager who obviously had a grievance against the younger members of our society and an inbred desire to dominate his domain. It was only after several minutes of discussion and personal assurances that Mr. "I am" allowed us to take our seats with the promise that if the pub was raided by the local constabulary that we would take full responsibility for bringing under fourteens into the pub. Only after we had eaten did we realize what a wasted effort it had all been as the food was medioca to say the least.
We returned to the camp site only to find that all the mosquitoes in England had decided to dine at our table and any attempt to play cards drink and be merry was forever being interrupted by the clapping of hands in the vain hope of killing one of the several million mossies, the spraying of fly repellant (in our case lynx deodorant) or the words “no one on the next pitch to us seems to be scratching”.And Not even a move to the middle of the playing field gave us any rest bite from the mossies as they followed as locusts will follow any source of food. To add to the evenings irritations the children’s play area become full of noisy uncontrolled and foul mouthed individuals, 90% of which were over 18 and had just left the beer tent a tad worse for wear to say the least. A retreat to the tent was finally called at about 1.30 thankfully neither mossie or drunk followed us.
The next day the team with mascot in tow returned to the lake and again with the woman as our driving force. Several matches later the feeling that the team had improved was felt by each team member, to the point that the mascot, yours truly, was allowed in the line up for the start of our last match of the day. 32 seconds later yours truly was recalled as sub as the opposing team were allowed a clear run to the goal, the attacker being feebly chased by an out of breath mascot who invariably ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. And so ended our second day on the lake a much improved team but still a long way to go.
I will now pass on some advice to any single man no matter what age he may be, in fact the same advice can also be used by any married man who may feel the need of some company of the fairer sex (fairer being used in the most lax of terminology). The same group of eight that had ventured into the most inhospitable pub in England Friday traveled to the center of Doncaster to the Pizza hut. This restaurant turned out to placed on a pedestrian walkway and perfectly placed to enjoy the view of the local talent as they flitted from one club to another, all the clubs seemed to be within one hundred yards of the Pizza hut. It soon became evident that Doncaster has a massive shortage of men therefore any woman no matter what age was out on the pull, there was a no holds barred on the dress code (or lack of) As the woman tried to entice any man brave enough to venture onto the streets to be there date. After enduring the spectacle for about an hour I managed to prise my eyes from the window only to find that the woman of our group were enjoying the free show as much if not more than the men.
So my advice is to any man who feels the need to walk the streets of Doncaster alone either go dressed as a woman or enjoy what fate may await you.
We returned to the camp site to find that thankfully the mossies had left for pastures or should I say ankles new, after a pleasant evening of beer, cards and tales of the unexpected we retired to our sleeping bags both mentally and physically battered.
Sunday found us consoling the Meridian A team as they unfortunately had not managed to play to their full potential. The X team played and won their last two matches, which was a great way to end a very enjoyable and enlightening weekend.
My thanks go out to all those who help organize the weekend to all the team members and all those whose company I enjoyed over the weekend.
Posted: 10 Oct 2008 22:10
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Posted: 10 Oct 2008 08:56
Subject: 1 and 2 Star Paddlesport Awards course
Course dates Saturday 18th October, Sunday 19th October and Sunday 2nd November
As part of the clubs current initiative of working closely with our partners, Meridian Canoe club is pleased to be able to offer in conjunction with Southmere Boating Centre three days of kayak and canoe related skills development.
The course will be run at Southmere Boating Centre in Thamesmead and is aimed at developing the skills of the club’s new paddlers.
The course will start at 10 am and finish at 4 pm on the 18th and 19th. The times for the 2nd of November will be agreed during the course.
The objective is to cover all the skills included in the BCU’s One and Two Star awards:
One Star covers foundation skills, encourages safe practice, regard for equipment and most importantly, having fun.
Two Star is a logical continuation, introducing an alternative form of paddlesport and further developing flat water skills, including rescue technique and trip planning.
Gaining these skills would benefit all paddlers, regardless of their chosen discipline.
The third day of the course will be a day trip paddling the River Medway in Kent.
For more infomation please call Mark Preddy on 07828512402
Meridian CC Committee
Posted: 09 Oct 2008 11:52
Just spotted a "funny" hole in the new star scheme:
We have a couple of level 3 kayak coaches kicking around who could obviously coach and assess 1, 2 and 3 star kayak in the old scheme.
We also have a level 3 OC coach who could similarly coach and assess 1, 2 and 3 star OC in the old scheme.
All of the above without having to travel further from here (SE London) than an hour or so.
Each also has old 2 star in the alternative discipline so they can all coach new 1 and 2 star again without travelling far. Marvelous.
Its here where their trouble begins:
The OC L3 can coach and assess new 3 star OC still without much travelling -- plenty of open water around here and enough simple moving water to fit the bill, but.......
The kayak L3s can't assess any kayak-based 3 star award without either travelling to somewhere with some G2 water for 3 star WW (no G2 within many many miles of here) or by running a 3 star touring course -- which they could run locally but would need 4 star OC to run (and don't have).
Why oh why is it possible for an old school OC L3 with 2 star kayak to train and assess 1, 2 and their chosen 3 star locally but not possible for their mirror image counterpart (kayak L3 with 2 star OC) to do the same thing?
I asked the BCU about it and they "couldn't see the problem".
Apparently the logical continuation for an OC paddler from 2 star paddlesport is 3 star which can be done virtually anywhere in the country but the logical continuation for a kayaker from 2 star paddlesport is 3 star WW, for which they have to travel to somewhere with some G2.
Why isn’t there a counterpart 3 star award in kayak to the 3 star OC award?
What the hell???
Posted: 08 Oct 2008 16:09
I received this in an email the other day.
There is a double Div 3/4 slalom competition being run by Hastings canoe club.
YALDING WEIR DIVISION 3 / 4
25th/26th October Yalding , Kent
First Race Saturday
Second Race Sunday
Kent & Sussex Open Sunday Only
See flyer for more info.
Posted: 07 Oct 2008 07:51
we need people to go on these courses for the clubs top club status with BCU please mark these dates in your diaries they are only provisional I will confirm more when I know.
27/11 Club for All
02/12 Funding for your club
10/12 Valueing your volunteer
11/11 Equity in coaching
19/11 First Aid
24/11 Safeguarding children
Times and cost to be confirmed
Posted: 29 Sep 2008 14:25
Resonately numbers at this session have been dropping (down to 5 last night). This is a shout to those who wish the session to continue to use it before we lose it!!! The club cannot subsidize sessions continually when better use of pool time could be made.
In October we are promised a review both financial and usage by the club committee and also the long awaited Bexley Council review of pool usage by user clubs. This should confirm status of Thursday night sessions (Training pool/ Main pool split) or back to Sidcup or ???
Posted: 25 Sep 2008 07:10
PLease be aware the club will be running an open morning this Saturday at the lake.
This will mean an increased demand on Club boats and any help to look after the potential new members will always be welcomed.
Posted: 18 Sep 2008 09:32
Please be aware that we are running the third of the come and try the club sessions on Saturday morning for people from the Bexly festival.
Posted: 07 Aug 2008 09:40
A big thankyou to June, Ada, Grace, Sam B, Sam K, Oli, Jaime, Ryan, Andy and Fran who all helped out lastnight with the boat safety session lastnight.
Congratulations to all who took part!
Posted: 24 Jul 2008 11:13
If we are teaching rolling in the pool to the newbies then there are some videos which are certainly very helpful about the modern techniques of teaching. This is no endorsement and I am sure that many of the more experienced among us will have their own ideas, but it is a resource for those who have not gone down this path before.
Posted: 22 Jul 2008 06:59
Has anyone else seen this press release from the WCA?
Looks like fantastic news!
Posted: 17 Jul 2008 14:57
So the pool sessions will carry on as normal!
Posted: 16 Jul 2008 09:50
Hi all just a little message to say thank you to all that helped at danson festival this year. We had a lot of people this year to come and try kayaking/canoeing and we had about 500 people over the weekend so as you can imagine we was kept busy. We hope we have pulled a few people to join the club.
Many thanks to all that helped again.
Posted: 14 Jul 2008 12:51
A few events on that may or may not impact on us.
GB Mens A team Training Day Saturday only
GB U21's Training Weekend
Skip in the park 3000+ people will try and break a world record. and they are meeting near the boathouse.
Meridian Canoe club will also be entertaining a few extra newbies from the danson festival
Posted: 11 Jul 2008 12:59
As we enter the busy summer period please DO NOT REMOVE any kit from the Boathouse or Pool without permission. Further to the Danson Show several introduction days are being set up and we will be needing all our resources.
Posted: 07 Jul 2008 10:10
Attention all Coaches
Attendance on the above course is likely to become mandatory for all coaches in the future.
There is a course being run under Bexley sponsorship on July 24th at the council offices in Welling. Normally a course like this would cost around £15 to £25 and may involve some distance to travel.
Because we are in the midst of applying for Top Club status, we have the opportunity to send MCC members on this course for the highly discounted price of £3! A bargain indeed.
Paul W, Teresa, and I are already scheduled to attend , does anyone else wish to join us and take advantage of this rate. Who knows when you might get this kind of offer again?
Please let me know either here or OG
Posted: 29 Jun 2008 20:28
The new committee is as follows.
Chairman Mark Preddy
Treasurer Paul Winslow
Secretary Sam Kavanagh
Membership Secretary Will Flanagan
Equipment Adrian Boyce
Communications Malcolm Blowers
Volunteers June Al-Malah
Top Club Andy Garlick
London International Jane Borrett
Youth Jake Lewis
Thanks finally to all of the committee members from last year for your time and hard work. And welcome to the new committee members for this year.
Posted: 10 Jun 2008 11:19
All club members please check the members area for more info
Posted: 26 May 2008 14:42
Please can you park on the road this Saturday unless you have Multiple Boats and Equipment to bring in to the park as it will be very busy due to the Wavehopper Challange and Other events taking place.
Posted: 15 May 2008 10:35
This is to inform you that the Club's Annual General Meeting will be taking place on the 9th June 2008 from 8pm-10pm.
The venue is almost sorted but I wanted to let everyone know the date as soon as possible. I will update this post with the venue as soon as it has been decided.
*Edit - venue now Crook Log Leisure Centre Bar Area*
If you could post a reply here to say that you are aware of the date we will be able to save money/paper etc by not sending you this message in writing.
Sam - Club Secretary.
Posted: 13 May 2008 07:27
The pontoons are going onto the lake this Sunday (27th April). If you can help please come down even if it's only for a while.
Posted: 24 Apr 2008 07:34
Please be aware that pool session will be at the crook log facility between 9pm and 10pm until further notice.
THE 1ST HALF HOUR OF THIS SESSION WILL BE IN THE SMALLER POOL WITH THE SECOND HALF HOUR BEING IN THE MAIN POOL
All are of course welcome to come to this session and there is currently no plan to change the charges for this session.
Members please see the members only part of the forum for further infomation. Please do not reply back to this thread here for discussion use the members only area.
Posted: 01 Apr 2008 17:46