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Totally Thames Taster Days 2020

What: Totally Thames Sea Kayak Taster Day 2020

Why: As part of the Totally Thames festival, we’re running some taster sessions for newcomers to get a taste for kayaking on the River Thames & meet a friendly club.

Where: Brentford Boating Arch, Kew Bridge (North-East side of the road bridge) W4 3NG (near Kew Bridge rail station)
Club Location

When: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September 2020 – choose your timeslot

To secure your place you need to pay £15 in advance by bank transfer to CKC account (HSBC Sort code 4O O2 32 & Acc # 7l526596 & reference your payment with your name & email address).

Registrations for more than 1 session per day per person will be invalid. Entries with invalid name, email or phone number will be removed.

If the session you are interested in is are full, please check for places on Sunday 4th October taster day or you may like to consider doing full day beginner kayaking training course that we are running in September & October or email info[at] with Subject “2021 taster” if you want to be advised of taster sessions in 2021.

We are a membership club and the sessions are run by experienced members/volunteers.

Taster sessions are only for those over 18years old.


  • Please be aware kayaking is a sport with inherent risk.
  • All paddlers must be able to swim 50 meters.
  • Meeting point is on the large concrete area West of Kew Bridge on the North side of the river. Please meet by the long red sea kayak. (Not on the east side – where there is not sufficient space.)
  • Please arrive on time, wearing the clothes & shoes you plan to wear in the kayak. Wear clothes & shoes you are happy will get wet/muddy. (There will be no space at the Arches to change before getting on the water.)
    • Shoes – trainers/watershoes/wetsuit shoes that protect your feet from beach gravel/litter & mud. Footwear is essential.
    • Clothes – Chose clothes which will dry quickly e.g. walking-style trousers, leggings, and fleece-type jumper. (NO cotton clothes or jeans they will keep you cold).
    • Bring a waterproof bag/box to keep your valuables dry when kayaking.
    • Bring a waterproof coat, rain hat or warm hat to wear in the kayak.
    • If you have waterproof trousers please bring them to wear too (in case there is rain).
    • If you wear glasses bring string/strap to keep them & not drop them.
    • Any medication you may need.
  • Bring a bottle of water & snack to take with you when kayaking.
  • Please bring a change of clothes and towel in case you get wet that you can put on after the session.
    • All guest paddlers need to sign a guest registration form, advise leader of any relevant medical conditions, & In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact details.
  • Follow any specific instructions that are given by the session leader, such as getting on the water and group management. We will be aiming to keep 2m apart, not congregate on the small concrete area East of the Arches and will not go indoors (unless to pick up kit). Please bring hand sanitiser that you will use before & after using CKC club kit.
  • Please look after any kit that is borrowed – treat it as if it is your own.
  • Even when in a group with an experienced paddler, everyone on the river is responsible for their own safety, keeping a look out and navigating in a correct manner to avoid collisions or causing a collision, etc.
  • Failure to comply with Port of London Authority rules can result in you being fined £5,000.
  • If you find you are no longer able to come to your session – please email  so we can release your place.
  • By signing up for this taster session you accept that CKC will contact you to update you with information about the taster session, and CKC’s beginner training opportunities. Please see CKC Privacy policy.
  • Rules for paddling on the Thames:

If interested read the Port of London Authority’s (PLA’s) Paddling on the Tideway – A Code of Practice for Paddling on the Tidal Thames 2017. You may also refer to The River Thames Recreational Users Guide – Teddington to Sea Reach for further information. See also CKC Guide to the Thames Rowing Zones.

By signing up for this paddle – I agree and confirm that:

1. I agree to comply with the CKC’s leaders’  guidance, communications, or policies related to Covid-19.

2. I have and will seek answers to any and all questions I have regarding the Club’s position. (relevant documents which guide club operations are Club Risk Assessment and Operating Procedures which can be found on Club Documents page.)

3. I confirm that I have not displayed any Covid-19 symptoms or to the best of my knowledge been in close contact with someone who has displayed symptoms in the last 21 days. (If I develop symptoms within 14-days of paddling on this session I commit to must let the leader know. They will inform the rest of the group, without reference to your name.)

4. I confirm that I will adhere to Government and Public Health England guidelines whilst attending CKC activities.

5. I understand that by participating in Club activities I may be subject to an increased risk of exposure to Covid-19 and that by taking part in such activities I am accepting this increased risk.

Sign Up:

Please sign-up if you would like a place. To sign up add your name, valid phone number & email, click on Register, then the webpage should re-load showing just your name. Then pay asap to keep your place. If you fail to pay, your name will be removed, to enable another person to have that space. Phone numbers are asked for in case we need to contact you on the day (e.g. if weather/conditions become unsafe), otherwise we will communicate with your by email.

Each session will be run by two experienced paddlers and there are 4 spaces for those new to kayaking

Saturday 5th of September:

09:00 – 1100

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed.

Total Attendees: 4

# Name
1. Louise Green
2. Tiara W (friend)
3. Duncan B
4. Tiara W

11:30 – 13:30 Group A

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed.

Total Attendees: 4

# Name
1. Mark Dunhill
2. Nick Fisher
3. Sue Stamp
4. Kate Jones

11:30 – 13:30 Group B

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed. Total Attendees: 4
# Name
1. Karen Morunga
2. Jo Cato
3. Tom Killick
4. Lois Davis

14:00 – 16:00 Group A

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed.

Total Attendees: 4

# Name
1. Alessandro Caldon
2. Tracey Wasling
3. Steve.f
4. Hannah Parkinson

14:00 – 16:00 Group B

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed. Total Attendees: 4
# Name
1. Chris Rogers
2. Emily Buddin
3. Nicole Barker
4. Peter Woolley

Sunday 6th of September:

09:00 – 11:00

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed.

Total Attendees: 4

# Name
1. L Kelsall
2. F Kelsall
3. Claire Amy Dugan
4. Karin Röttgers

11:30 – 13:30

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed.

Total Attendees: 4

# Name
1. Tim Stokes
2. L Penwarden
3. marc ANTON sidney
4. Trevor Claybrough

14:00 – 16:00

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed.

Total Attendees: 4

# Name
1. donald ferguson
2. D Leiper
3. Tony Longaretti
4. Tibor Bek