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By Erik Rasmussen
  • M75 of 2017
    Chelsea Reach - Cremorne Wharf Trial Pits
  • M74 of 2017
    The Great River Race - Saturday 9th September 2017

FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions about the Club or aspects of the Club these are updated periodically as new information becomes available.

Do I need to have paddling experience before I can join Chelsea Kayak Club?

The full membership fee seems quite expensive compared to most other London clubs why is this?

Why is an additional fee payable for individuals who are not members of the British Canoe Union?

What is your relationship with Brentford Boating Arch?

Are there additional costs to pay?

Do I have to be a member to come on a Club organised trip?

Does the Club do other types of paddling?

Does the Club have a regular pool session of its own?

Can guests paddle with us on the Thames?

Can I store my personal sea or touring kayak at the facility?

I am entering an organised race / event (e.g Devizes to Westminster, quadrathlon’s, adventure races, etc) can I train with your club?

Are boats and equipment available to hire to the general public or for corporate events?

I am paddling the Thames for charity or part of a group, etc – can I launch or land at Brentford Boating Arch?

I am paddling the Thames for charity or part of a group, etc but have never paddled the tidal Thames (east of Teddington Lock) before can you offer any advice (e.g. rules, safety, public access points, etc)?

Do I need to have paddling experience before I can join Chelsea Kayak Club?

No.  However, if you have no or limited paddling experience we would rather not have you join until you’re sure sea kayaking and touring is for you.  We also require individuals to be of a certain standard before they can paddle with us on our regular Thames sessions.  Please refer to the Trip and Session Guidelines for further information on how the Club grades its trips and sessions.

If you would like to participate in a beginners course which should get you to a level where you can join the Club should you wish to and get involved in regular Thames sessions and trips, etc then please drop us an email at info@chelseakayakclub.co.uk and we will advise you on next steps.

The full membership fee seems quite expensive compared to most other London clubs why is this?

The full membership fee represents excellent value for money and includes access and use of great facilities available at Brentford Boating Arch (changing rooms, toilets and showers, a classroom) as well as usage of good quality boats and equipment during Club organised trips and sessions.   Many other clubs will charge for use of kit on sessions and trips.

Basic membership is really aimed at individuals who either live outside London and cannot regularly make the weekly Thames session and / or have their own boats and equipment.  However, additional fees are payable if attending Thames sessions and if Club boats and equipment are used on Club trips and sessions.

Why is an additional fee payable for individuals who are not members of the British Canoe Union?

Chelsea Kayak Club is a Canoe England affiliated club and affiliation provides all members with third party / civil liability insurance during Club organised activities.   The £2 capitation fee is payable for any Club member who does not hold individual membership of the British Canoe Union in their own right.  By paying the fee you are ensuring that you are covered by the third party liability insurance under our policy.

What is your relationship with Brentford Boating Arch?

Whilst the Club operates out of Brentford Boating Arch (the Centre) it is a completely separate and independent entity to the Centre.   The Centre has has been providing water sport lessons (canoe and kayaking) and development training programmes to schools, youth and community groups since 2007.  It is owned and operated by Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust.

The Centre also offers a social programme including child, youth, adult and family paddles. They also cater for participants with learning and physical disabilities, whilst their purpose built katakanus cater for children with more complex needs, making the waterways accessible to all.

Are there additional costs to pay?

If you’re a Full Member additional costs will only be incurred if we run away or overseas trips which require hiring boats and equipment, and if training courses are organised.  Clearly there will be costs associated with accommodation, transport, and any social activities the Club gets up to.  However, the Club will do its best to keep costs to a minimum and it will always look for ways to get the best possible deal for its members.

Do I have to be a member to come on a Club organised trip?

Yes.  Membership ensures that you and the Club are covered in respect to third party liability.

Does the Club do other types of paddling?

Yes and No.  The focus of Chelsea Kayak Club is on sea kayaking and touring, however many of its members are members of other London based clubs which do whitewater, polo, surf, etc.   Chelsea has been formed because very few opportunities exist in London for sea kayaking and touring.  If you are interested in getting involved in other types of paddling then there will be opportunities to do so.

Does the Club have a regular pool session of its own?

Yes and No.  All CKC members are strongly encouraged to attend pool sessions whenever they can to practice and improve key / fundamental skills such as edging, rolling, and bracing.   The sessions also provide an opportunity to develop your coaching skills if you’re interested.   CKC has access to a number of pool sessions in the area as follows:

Isleworth Leisure Centre, Tuesday nights 8.45pm-9.45pm (October to March)

Pool session organised by Edge Progressive Paddling at Isleworth Leisure Centre, Twickenham Rd, TW7 7EU.   Coaches are at hand at each session to teach rolling, rescues, moving water strokes etc. All kayaks/paddles provided.   Head straight to the main poolside to sign in with Edge.    £6 non-Edge members / £3 members.

Janet Adegoke Centre, Bloemfontein Road, Shepherds Bush – Wednesday evenings, 8.30pm – 9.30pm (all year round)

CKC members are able to attend the pool session run by Putney Bridge Canoe Club and Hammersmith Blades.  The session costs £10 and includes boat, paddle and spraydeck included. No booking required, just turn up with your swimming costume and 20p for the locker.  More details at:  http://www.putneybridgecc.co.uk/pool.

Clapham Pool – Sundays late afternoon, 5-6pm (all year round)

A regular open pool session which takes place at Clapham Pool on Clapham Manor Street every Sunday evening all year round.  This session is open to beginners, intermediates and pros.  The session costs £8 which is payable at the pool reception.  CKC members wishing to attend this session on a regular or semi-regular basis please email paddy_wilkinson@yahoo.com to determine availability, etc.

Other Pool Sessions

Occassional pool sessions for Club members are organised by CKC at Aspire Pool in Southfields or Brockwell Lido in Brockwell Park particularly to practice and hone wet skills such as rolling and bracing.   If you’re interested in attending or organising one of these sessions please email info@chelseakayakclub.co.uk.

Can guests paddle with us on the Thames?

Yes.  If you have paddled before you can come along for a trial session on the Thames to see if you like the Club.  Guest sessions cost £10 per session and you must sign the Register each time.  All kit is provided (boat, paddle, etc) – all you need to bring is suitable clothing and footwear that you don’t mind getting wet plus a change of clothes and towel of course.  There are changing rooms and shower facilities at Brentford Boating Arch.

You must also join the Club after three guest sessions if you want to continue to paddle with us.  However, you cannot just turn up so please email info@chelseakayakclub.co.uk to secure a place.

Can I store my personal sea or touring kayak at the facility?

Probably not as storage space at the facility is limited.  However, please email info@chelseakayakclub.co.uk for further details.

I am entering an organised race / event (e.g Devizes to Westminster, quadrathlon’s, adventure races, etc) can I train with your club?

Not really.  We are not set-up to accommodate individuals or groups wishing to just train for the purposes of entering a particular event.  There are several other clubs in the London area which may be better suited for this purpose, such as Richmond Canoe Club and the Royal Canoe Club.

Are boats and equipment available to hire to the general public or for corporate events?

No.  We do not generally hire boats or paddling equipment for ad-hoc usage; this is only available to members of the Club.

I am paddling the Thames for charity or part of a group, etc – can I launch or land at Brentford Boating Arch?

There is public access to the river via a slipway / beach adjacent to the Brentford Boating Arch (BBA) facility.   However, the Club is not in a position to agree access to any of BBA’s facilities as it is not directly associated with the Club.  Any requests for use of BBA’s facilities should be submitted to BBA directly at bba@brentfordfccst.com.

I am paddling the Thames for charity or part of a group, etc but have never paddled the tidal Thames (east of Teddington Lock) before can you offer any advice (e.g. rules, safety, public access points, etc)?

You are advised to read the Port of London Authority’s (PLA’s) General and Night Navigation Advice for Canoes and Kayaks.  It is also advisable to read the Code of Practice for rowing on the Tidal Thames above Putney which details local navigation rules for vessels under oars, which are considered to include canoes and kayaks.

Lights are required when paddling in the evenings after dark – see also PLA Guidelines on Visibility and Lighting.

Tower Hamlets Canoe Club have put together a useful guide to the tidal Thames – Teddington to Shadwell and Shadwell to Gravesend.