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.

Jul
17
Wed
Beginner Canadian Canoe Course @ Viking Kayak Club
Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beginner Canadian Canoe Course @ Viking Kayak Club

Beginner Canoe Course, ‘Discover’ Award

The course runs for four consecutive Wednesday evenings: 17th, 24th, 31st July and August 7th

Course Information

This is a beginner Canadian Canoe course where you can experience your first session on the water and learn useful paddling skills. The course aims to provide the basic knowledge to get in and out of your canoe safely, move it, and return to your starting point. We’ll have lots of activities during the sessions to make it a fun environment to learn canoeing. This Award allows you to develop your decision-making and practical skills, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler. Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst understanding the factors which affect your paddling.

Pricing per person:

  • Non-VKC member £90
  • VKC Member £50
If you are not a member you can join the course for the member’s price if you also purchase a club membership. This gives you a £40 discount per person.

Prerequisites:

All paddlers attending the course must be water-confident and be able to swim. Minimum age is 9 years old. If you have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) please let us know during the booking process.

Booking Information

If you would like to book a place for your child/ children, follow these steps:
  1. Register each paddler’s details as ad-hoc paddlers here, so we have each paddler’s details including medical and emergency contact information.
  2. Visit the VKC Store, choose the course from the list, select how many places you need and check out.
Further details are available by contacting Gemma Rogers membership@vikingkayak.co.uk
Jul
24
Wed
Beginner Canadian Canoe Course @ Viking Kayak Club
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beginner Canadian Canoe Course @ Viking Kayak Club

Beginner Canoe Course, ‘Discover’ Award

The course runs for four consecutive Wednesday evenings: 17th, 24th, 31st July and August 7th

Course Information

This is a beginner Canadian Canoe course where you can experience your first session on the water and learn useful paddling skills.

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge to get in and out of your canoe safely, move it, and return to your starting point. We’ll have lots of activities during the sessions to make it a fun environment to learn canoeing.

This Award allows you to develop your decision-making and practical skills, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler.

Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst understanding the factors which affect your paddling.

Pricing per person:

  • Non-VKC member £90
  • VKC Member £50

If you are not a member you can join the course for the member’s price if you also purchase a club membership. This gives you a £40 discount per person.

Prerequisites:

All paddlers attending the course must be water-confident and be able to swim. Minimum age is 9 years old.

If you have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) please let us know during the booking process.

Booking Information

If you would like to book a place for your child/ children, follow these steps:

  1. Register each paddler’s details as ad-hoc paddlers here, so we have each paddler’s details including medical and emergency contact information.
  2. Visit the VKC Store, choose the course from the list, select how many places you need and check out.

Further details are available by contacting Gemma Rogers membership@vikingkayak.co.uk

Jul
31
Wed
Beginner Canadian Canoe Course @ Viking Kayak Club
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beginner Canadian Canoe Course @ Viking Kayak Club

Beginner Canoe Course, ‘Discover’ Award

The course runs for four consecutive Wednesday evenings: 17th, 24th, 31st July and August 7th

Course Information

This is a beginner Canadian Canoe course where you can experience your first session on the water and learn useful paddling skills.

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge to get in and out of your canoe safely, move it, and return to your starting point. We’ll have lots of activities during the sessions to make it a fun environment to learn canoeing.

This Award allows you to develop your decision-making and practical skills, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler.

Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst understanding the factors which affect your paddling.

Pricing per person:

  • Non-VKC member £90
  • VKC Member £50

If you are not a member you can join the course for the member’s price if you also purchase a club membership. This gives you a £40 discount per person.

Prerequisites:

All paddlers attending the course must be water-confident and be able to swim. Minimum age is 9 years old.

If you have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) please let us know during the booking process.

Booking Information

If you would like to book a place for your child/ children, follow these steps:

  1. Register each paddler’s details as ad-hoc paddlers here, so we have each paddler’s details including medical and emergency contact information.
  2. Visit the VKC Store, choose the course from the list, select how many places you need and check out.

Further details are available by contacting Gemma Rogers membership@vikingkayak.co.uk

Aug
7
Wed
Beginner Canadian Canoe Course @ Viking Kayak Club
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beginner Canadian Canoe Course @ Viking Kayak Club

Beginner Canoe Course, ‘Discover’ Award

The course runs for four consecutive Wednesday evenings: 17th, 24th, 31st July and August 7th

Course Information

This is a beginner Canadian Canoe course where you can experience your first session on the water and learn useful paddling skills.

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge to get in and out of your canoe safely, move it, and return to your starting point. We’ll have lots of activities during the sessions to make it a fun environment to learn canoeing.

This Award allows you to develop your decision-making and practical skills, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler.

Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst understanding the factors which affect your paddling.

Pricing per person:

  • Non-VKC member £90
  • VKC Member £50

If you are not a member you can join the course for the member’s price if you also purchase a club membership. This gives you a £40 discount per person.

Prerequisites:

All paddlers attending the course must be water-confident and be able to swim. Minimum age is 9 years old.

If you have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) please let us know during the booking process.

Booking Information

If you would like to book a place for your child/ children, follow these steps:

  1. Register each paddler’s details as ad-hoc paddlers here, so we have each paddler’s details including medical and emergency contact information.
  2. Visit the VKC Store, choose the course from the list, select how many places you need and check out.

Further details are available by contacting Gemma Rogers membership@vikingkayak.co.uk

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: