Welcome to Viking Kayak Club

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Viking Kayak Club has been serving Bedford since 1961 and aims to provide the same friendly, family-based club that has helped us to grow from a few friends out for a casual paddle to our now large membership. We are an active, friendly club for canoeists and kayakers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We do all types of paddling, both recreational and competitive from gentle river trips, playboating & white water, sea & surf, competing in Slalom, Marathon or Polo, or just having fun on the water.

Weekly Activities

Not every week at Viking is the same but here are the general weekly activities.

Weekly Events
Key Dates

Viking Kayak Club takes part in many events through out the year. Here you can see the list of the main events.

Key Dates

Looking for information on Marathon or Slalom competitions

Members Area

Information for members of the club including club clothing, committee meeting minutes and the rules and policies.

Members Area


Viking Kayak Club has many different sections of the club along side just general paddling. Find out more in each section below.

Open Canadian Canoe
Standup Paddleboard
Social Paddling

Club Officials

Viking is run by a dedicated group of people who volunteer to run the club for all members.

If there is a job or vacancy you feel you are able to help with, anything from helping set up at Cardington slalom event or helping with the coaching then get in contact with the club captain. Below are the key members of club. For all the club officals see the members section of the website.

Sam Hennem

Polo Section Leader

Vara Phillips

Social Paddling Leader

Svitlana Gouin

 Canadian Canoe Leader

Stuart Andrews

Racing Section Leader

Matt Dodson

Slalom Section Leader

Martin Janes

Club Captain

Tony Perry


Patrick O’Hara


Richard Harpham

Safety Officer

Graham Jones

Welfare Officer

Debbie Jones

Membership Secretary

Andrew Bennett

Courses Co-ordinator

Paul Dodson

Honorary President

Nick Taylor


Membership Information

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