2018 AGM

All are welcome at our 2018 AGM Tuesday 1st May on the site at Yalding. We look forward to seeing some new faces. Come and join us for tea, coffee or soft drinks and biscuits.

There will be reports from the committee on their various responsibilites, looking at what has been achieved, and also thoughts on future action and events.

All committee posts are, as usual, available for election or re-election. At present, these posts are: Chairman, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Pool Administrator, Camping Administrator and Child Protection Officer. There is often some fluidity in the roles of these posts!

Membership is due for renewal on 1st June.

Direction to the site
https://goo.gl/maps/Ca43rxyVMxT2

2018 River Medway Clean Up

 

The 2018 River Medway Clean Up will take place on Sunday 29th April. This will focus on Yalding , but groups can take on any stretch of the river they like, but in order to simplify things we need one “drop off poin

t” for all our spoils so that the EA can collect it efficiently in a day boat.
I will now post this on Meridian and WAM FB pages (and possibly websites) and also contact British Canoeing and Paddlers against Pollution, to try and gain the maximum publicity for our efforts.
Please feel free to ask questions and make suggestions that will help us to make this date both and an enjoyable and worthwhile venture.

See our Facebook page

French Whitewater trip

Come and join WAM members and Kayaking Mates for a week of warm water paddling! All welcome.
This is a week’s whitewater trip to the Course, Espace Eau Vive, Isle de la Serre, midway between Geneva and Lyon, from Saturday 14th July 2018.
The course is suited to surfing and flat spinning, ideal for paddlers who enjoy playing on waves. You would need to be confident on the Dart Loop to enjoy the entire course. There is a flattish bottom section for paddlers not at this level, but the ability to self-rescue would be useful.
The course is constructed in a loop, so one has minimal walking with the boat. There are other adrenalin-filled activities such as hydro-speeding. One can, of course, just river-run the course if one wants to.
We will also be visiting the course at Saint Pierre Boeuf on the other side of Lyon.
Accommodation is on the campsite adjacent to the course. No real shade so bring your own! Prices are extremely cheap : camping is 5 euros per person per night for a group of 6 or more. Water access is 4 euros per day. Electric hook-up is additional.
One warning: the toilet facilities are mainly stand-up.
The course is midway between Lyon and Geneva – 38390 Porcieu, at Sault Brenaz, just past Bourg en Bresse ie a distance of c550 miles. Google Espace Eau Vive.

<

Fuel and tolls are the most expensive items on this trip.

2018 Pool Dates

2018 Pool Sessions

Join us at our pool sessions From 6.00 till 8.00 pm at Cygnets Leisure Centre Gravesend.
Members £6
Non Members £10

For directions and further info see our pool sessions page

 

2018 Pool Sessions

6th, 27th January
17th. 24th February
10th, 24th March
7th, 21st April
5th, 19th May
2nd, 16th, 30th June
7th, 21st July
22nd September
6th, 20th October
10th, 24th November
1st,15th December

BARLE TRIP 22 – 24 February 2018

All are welcome, You need to have some moving water experience, this can be gained over the winter at Yalding. You should be able be able to break in and out of the flow under the bridge arches.

We will be staying at Simonsbath, non paddlers welcome to join us, nice walks by the river.

I’m currently collecting names, I will collect money in December, please don’t pay me before. This trip is open to other clubs so it will be based on a first come fist served basis.

Cost £54 includes Sat & Sun breakfast and evening meal roast chicken

Thank you Di

RIVER DART – LOOP TRIP 2018

RIVER DART – LOOP TRIP

Friday 12th January – Sunday 14th January 2018

For those who don’t know the Dart, this delightful Grade 3 section of the river requires a reasonably reliable whitewater roll. You should be competent at paddling in flow below the bridge at Yalding. In very high water levels, decisions will be made on suitability for paddling. We occasionally padle the Walkham or the Tavy, depending on water levels. Last year, a small group also paddled the Upper Dart.
Accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights is in Powder Mills Bunkhouse, on the B3212 just north of Two Bridges (Grid reference SX628 769), where we have stayed for the last couple of years. The address is Powder Mills
Bunkhouse, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6SP; details at http://www.powdermillsbunkhouse.co.uk. You need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towel, plus warm clothing as the fire is sometimes slow to warm up the bunkhouse. Mobile phone signal is poor. Satnav can be dubious

Food:
Cooked breakfasts for Saturday and Sunday, and an evening meal for Saturday will be provided. Please let us know if you are vegetarian. Everyone is expected to join in and help. There will be chocolate bars for on the river, a sandwich for the journey home, and tea and coffee. You will need to find your own food for Friday night, but cheese and biscuits will be available. Please bring any drink you want.

Cost:
The cost, including food, will be £35 per person. Please send cheques, payable to Whitewater Action Medway, to Gary Jenkins, 25 Morgans Way, Hevingham, Norfolk NR10 5PD, or alternatively request bank details for a BACs transfer. Cash can be paid at pool sessions. Please make payment asap to secure your place.

The bunkhouse will accept dogs, but Martin at Powder Mills requests that the dogs are not long-haired and moulting, as he has to hoover!

2017 Pool Dates

2017 Pool Sessions

Join us at our pool sessions From 6.00 till 8.00 pm at Cygnets Leisure Centre Gravesend.
Members £6
Non Members £10

For directions and further info see our pool sessions page

 

 

2017 Pool Dates

14th, 28th January
11th. 25th February
11th March
1st, 15th, 22nd April
6th, 20thth May
3rd, 17th June
1st, 15th, 29th July
16th, 30th September
14th, 28th October
11th, 25th November
9th December

Mince Pie Paddle

Christmas Mince Pie Paddle

Mince Pie Paddle Sunday 18th December

We are having our traditional Mince Pie Paddle at 10 (ish) on Sunday 18th December 2016. There will be the usual bonfire (we may need everyone to help gathering wood). Tea, coffee and squash will be provided and possibly mulled wine. Please bring some nibbles to share – cold or hot to be heated on the fire, savoury or sweet. We’ll hope for some good water too!

Isle de la Serre – July 2017

isle de la serreFrance – Isle de la Serre, Saturday 22nd – Saturday 29th July 2017
Come and join WAM members for a week of warm water paddling!

This is a week’s whitewater trip to the French Whitewater Course, Espace Eau Vive, Isle de la Serre, midway between Geneva and Lyon.
The course is suited to surfing and flat spinning, ideal for paddlers who enjoy playing. You would need to be confident on the Dart Loop to enjoy this.
The course is constructed in a loop, so one has minimal walking with the boat. There are other adrenalin-filled activities such as hydro-speeding and hot-dogging. One can, of course, just river-run the course if one wants to.

There is a flattish bottom section for paddlers not at this level, but you would need to be confident at self-rescuing and would need someone else to paddle with.

There is usually a visit to the challenging surf wave at the Saint Pierre de Boeuf course, the other side of Lyon.

Accommodation is on the campsite adjacent to the course. No real shade so bring your own! Prices are extremely cheap
: camping is 5.50 – 7.40 euros per person per night (the lesser amount for a group of 6 or more). Water access is 4.60 euros per day. (2016 prices)

One warning: the toilet facilities are mainly stand-up.

The course is midway between Lyon and Geneva – 38390 Porcieu, at Sault Brenaz, just past Bourg en Bresse ie a distance of c550 miles. Google Espace Eau Vive.

Fuel and tolls are the most expensive items on this trip.

River Dart – Loop Trip 2017

RIVER DART – LOOP TRIP

Friday 20th January – Sunday 22nd January 2017

For those who don’t know the Dart, this delightful Grade 3 section of the river requires a reasonably reliable whitewater roll. You should be competent at paddling in flow below the bridge at Yalding. In very high water levels, decisions will be made on suitability for paddling. We occasionally padle the Walkham or the Tavy, depending on water levels. Last year, a small group also paddled the Upper Dart.
Accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights is in Powder Mills Bunkhouse, on the B3212 just north of Two Bridges (Grid reference SX628 769), where we have stayed for the last couple of years. The address is Powder Mills
Bunkhouse, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6SP; details at http://www.powdermillsbunkhouse.co.uk. You need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towel, plus warm clothing as the fire is sometimes slow to warm up the bunkhouse. Mobile phone signal is poor. Satnav can be dubious

Food:
Cooked breakfasts for Saturday and Sunday, and an evening meal for Saturday will be provided. Please let us know if you are vegetarian. Everyone is expected to join in and help. There will be chocolate bars for on the river, a sandwich for the journey home, and tea and coffee. You will need to find your own food for Friday night, but cheese and biscuits will be available. Please bring any drink you want.

Cost:
The cost, including food, will be £35 per person. Please send cheques, payable to Whitewater Action Medway, to Gary Jenkins, 25 Morgans Way, Hevingham, Norfolk NR10 5PD, or alternatively request bank details for a BACs transfer. Cash can be paid at pool sessions. Please make payment asap to secure your place.

The bunkhouse will accept dogs, but Martin at Powder Mills requests that the dogs are not long-haired and moulting, as he has to hoover!