Club Activities

Wednesday ‘Club’ Night

Wednesday night is our members club night. We paddle all year round. This is a social paddle and open to all members.

We are a mixed discipline, mixed ability club. There is a range of kayaks, Canadian canoes and SUPs available to borrow as well as all the safety equipment you’ll need, including female friendly BAs. Everyone is very welcoming and will help you choose the right kit for you if you are not sure.

All club paddles are led by qualified instructors and they carry safety and first aid equipment on paddles in case there are any problems.

There is often different paddling options, depending on the time of the year and the size of the group. We always have a flat paddle which is suitable for families and beginners.

We are also lucky to have the Etienne Stott White Water Arena a short paddle from the club, so if you are an experienced white water paddler there may be an option to paddle on the course, this depends on the river levels and instrustor availability.

What to expect

  • 6 pm – Arrive at the club. If you are borrowing club equipment and are not sure what to select, there will be people around to help you.
  • 6.30 pm – Safety briefing from the paddle leader and introductions on the bank before getting on the water.
  • 7.30 pm – 8 pm (dependent on weather and conditions) Return to club house, put away kit and head for the showers.
  • 7.30 pm – approx 10.30 pm – The clubhouse (with a licensed bar) is open, which also stocks a range of non-alcoholic and hot drink options. There is no food available but some people get pizza from a takeaway close by. If you are not paddling, you are still welcome to join everyone in the bar for a drink after.

Who can join a Club Night?

Club nights are members only. You do also need to have done a start or discovery course with the club, or have a recognised Paddle UK qualification to join a club night paddle.

If you have recently attended a course or you are an experienced paddler that is new to the club, you can join a club night as a taster session before committing to being a paid member.

However, please do not just turn up on a club night without letting us know first. Email: membership@vikingkayak.co.uk.

You can find out more about being a member of the club here. Or if you are ready to join, or need to renew your membership, click here.

Club Trips and Activities

As well as ‘club night’, we organise a range of club events, day trips, as well as weekends further afield. These tend to be more in the summer months, but there have been white water trips throughout winter as well.

Last year there were flat water weekend trips to Wye Valley and Medway Canoe Trail as well as a number of white water trips.

Closer to home, we organise day trips to/from the club to Bromham or Great Barford, or paddle a different section of the river such as St Neots, Felmersham or Sharnbrook.

Keep an eye on the VKC Members Facebook page, and the club calendar.

Apr
26
Fri
#ShePaddles Weekday Paddle @ Viking Kayak Club
Apr 26 all-day
#ShePaddles Weekday Paddle @ Viking Kayak Club | England | United Kingdom
Our next #ShePaddles weekday daytime club night will take place on Friday, April 26th. Time to be decided based on majority requirement! Comment on the Facebook Event to let us know you are coming.
General Pool Session @ Robinson Pool
Apr 26 @ 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

General pool session 8:15pm till 9:15pm (AT THE POOL)

Boat collection from the boathouse 7:15-7:45

IMPORTANT- Our ability to transport kit to the pool is limited, if you need help transporting kit please arrange this in advance.

We can welcome Ad Hoc Paddlers. If you are not yet a club member please see below if you are looking for some fun in a warm and safe environment, and would like to try kayaking.

For all those who would like to attend, PLEASE get in touch to request a place.  Numbers are limited.

❗️All pool users must wear a helmet.

💰 Paddler session fee

  • VKC members – £6
  • Non VKC members using own kit – £12.50
  • Non VKC members using club kit – £19

Card or phone only. No cash. Payment at the pool on the night to the Viking representative (not Robinson pool reception).

🚗 There is a free car park at Robinson swimming pool, but you need to display a ticket from the parking machine to avoid a parking fine.

Hope to see you there 🙃🛶

☝️information for non-VKC members (Ad Hoc Paddlers). When you paddle with us, you become a temporary VKC member and can pay for up to six sessions, after which you would need to join VKC if you would like to continue paddling with us. Once you have a place confirmed please could you do the following before your first pool session:

❗️All non VKC members must submit our electronic ad hoc membership form (under membership, please select Ad Hoc paddling): https://membermojo.co.uk/vikingkayak

Apr
28
Sun
Bedford Marathon 2024 (70th) @ Viking Kayak Club
Apr 28 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Courses are situated on the River Great Ouse in Bedford on a 4.3 km circuit. Races to suit Elite, Intermediate, Novice and Lightning divisions.

Catch up with racing at Viking Racing on Facebook here

 

May
6
Mon
Come & Try It @ Batts Ford / Sovereigns Quay Area
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come and Try Kayaking or Canoeing.
📆 Monday 6th May
⏰ 10 am – 3pm
📒 No need to book, just turn up
£5 for 30 minutes.
May
15
Wed
Andy Kettlewell @ Viking Kayak Clubhouse
May 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Former club member, Andy, is coming to the club to join us on a club night paddle, and then give a talk in the clubhouse about his expedition to Kyrgyzstan to paddle the Saryjaz River in 2023.

The Saryjaz runs from high up in Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan to the dried-up salt lake desert in China and is a river so remote it can only be compared to something in far out Alaska, the only difference is rescue is not coming for you.

Jun
1
Sat
River Clean-up – SAVE THE DATE @ VKC clubhouse
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Big Paddle Clean Up – SAVE THE DATE

10am – Meet at the club boathouse for grabbing kit and briefing

10:30am – On the water, Starting from the club

……. more details to follow once known 🙂

 

Jun
22
Sat
Cardington Slalom Competition Div 2/3/4 @ Cardington Canoe Slalom Course
Jun 22 – Jun 23 all-day

national ranking slalom
Catch up with slalom at Viking on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/groups/VKCSlalom

Online entries here

Aug
31
Sat
Cardington Slalom Competition Div 2/3/4 @ Cardington Canoe Slalom Course
Aug 31 – Sep 1 all-day

national ranking slalom
Catch up with slalom at Viking on Facebook here

Online entries here

Nov
27
Wed
AGM 2024 @ Clubhouse
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The deadline to propose member resolutions in advance of the meeting is the 12th November 2024. These should be submitted to the Secretary in writing (this can be by email).

Nominations for elected positions should be submitted to the Secretary in writing, duly proposed and seconded by the 12th November 2023

secretary@vikingkayak.co.uk

Dec
26
Thu
Boxing Day Roll @ Etienne Stott White Water Arena
Dec 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Boxing Day roll will take place at the Etienne Stott White Water Arena at 11.30.

Paddlers meet at the club at 10.30 to ensure that you are on the water for 11am.

The Roll will take place at 11.30am precisely

Meet at the club after for a post-roll drink.

Video from a previous year: