Viking Kayak Club was established by a group of paddling friends in 1961 and has provided tuition, equipment, river access and friendship to our members ever since.
We offer an easy route to having fun on (and in!) the rivers of Bedford, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our years of experience and the hard work and enthusiasm of the club committee & volunteers have earned us the reputation as one of the best family clubs in the area.
The club is always evolving as the needs of our members change and as new opportunities are created in our area. We are committed to success and having fun. We are proud of our club and work hard to help members achieve their goals.
We support members who wish to develop their paddling and provide opportunities for skills development through trips and training sessions. We coach, compete and organise competitions in three disciplines: marathon, polo, and slalom.
Several of our paddlers have gone on to greater success in competition, through coaching or just as more accomplished and confident paddlers.
In 2009, our efforts were recognised when we became British Canoe Club of the Year and also Runner Up in the UK Sports Club of the Year (photo below is us as Bedford Sports Club of the Year 2008).
We also achieved Top Club Gold status which is the highest level of sports club accreditation, from Sport England and Canoe England, recognising our openness to all, our child welfare and the coaching and breadth of activities we offer.
The club is a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) and is affiliated to British Canoeing. It is run by a club committee and holds an AGM every year in November/December. The club produces a member newsletter called ‘The Paddler’ which is distributed to current and former members and friends of the club.
The club is open to all from the age of eight, depending on if they can fit in one of our kayaks, upwards and welcomes families and adults of all ages to take part in canoeing and kayaking, sport and recreation. All forms of paddling are supported.
The club has equipment available to beginners and runs a range of courses from beginner level through to more advanced paddling and even for those wishing to become a coach. We also run specialist training in slalom, polo and racing as well as the opportunity to meet with like–minded people and go on trips at weekends etc. From around Easter through to the Summer each year, Viking runs a Kids Club and Academy based on British Canoeing PaddlePower scheme.