Welcome to Meridian Canoe Club!
We are a British Canoeing Top Club run by volunteers with a passion for paddlesport!
Meridian is one of the largest canoe clubs in both London and the UK. We compete regularly in Olympic disciplines of Canoe Slalom and Flat Water Racing and are also very active in Canoe Polo, Surfing, Open Boating, White Water and other recreational Flat Water river trips. We have a diverse and friendly community engaged across these disciplines and welcome new members of all ages and experience! Whether you′re hungry for adventure on our exciting river trips, raring for the action-packed challenge of canoe polo and opportunity to fulfil your competitive streak, or in the mood for some weekend fun and tranquillity exploring the beautiful recesses of Danson Lake, we′d love to hear from you!
This site has all the information you should need about our club, what we do, where we meet and how to join. If you can′t find what you′re looking for then please check out our forum, fill in our contact form or drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Experienced or beginner, Meridian is a fantastic club to get outdoors and paddle with!
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – Getting back to normal
We are pleased to announce that Danson lake is OPEN to members through pre-booked sessions within normal opening times (daylight limited):
Monday to Friday – 8am to 9pm
Saturday – 8am to 1pm
Lake use must adhere to current Government and British Canoeing guidelines (available here) as well protocols superimposed by Bexley Council. Notable points include that members must still book in 1 hour slots. Informal paddling can now take place with an unlimited number of members on the lake within our normal lake license agreement, paddling in groups of no more than 6 people or two households (following the government’s rule of 6 and 2 metre rule whilst on and off the water at all times). At no point should more than 6 members be within the fenced compound at any one time. Members can book more than 1 hour at a time, but the club will be charged for each hour so please if you book more than an hour, make sure you intend to use it. Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Government and British Canoeing guidelines permit formal, structured and club-organised paddling sessions for team sports with an unlimited number of paddlers, however we are waiting for final confirmation from Bexley Council before given the green light. Until this point, canoe polo activities remain unpermitted.
Crook Log Leisure Centre has opted to remain closed contrary to Government allowances throughout the eases in restrictions outside of lockdown periods. Therefore we do not expect pool sessions to return any time soon. However we have submitted the relevant proposals, completed the necessary risk assessments and are keeping contact and will let you know as soon as we hear otherwise.
A full list of the previous guidelines from the Council and comments from the Committee can be found here. Please be aware of the updates noted here should there be any discrepancies. As we make our way out of these difficult times, we hope you to take the opportunity to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Enjoy yourself, stay safe and we wish you all the best!
- COVID-19: Latest Guidelines for use of Danson Lake Facilities
- Southern Development Academy – Canoe Polo
- Gold and Silver Medals for Meridian ladies at the European Canoe Polo Championships 2019 in Portugal