So you have joined Viking: here is some more information about the club:
What's Going On at Viking?
Every activity that Viking organises is found on the Calendar and Forum. To post to the forum you need to be a current member of Viking. When you sign up to the forum you will automatically get subscribed to all the section which will then email you when anything is posted. You can unsubscribe from any section by visiting the section and clicking the unsubscribe button.
If you have a smart phone you can use the TapaTalk App to access the forum, details are on the forum.
You can also add the calendar to your phone and it will automatically update. Details are on the forum.
To use the car park a valid sticker needs to be shown in the vehicle. Stickers can be obtained from the Membership Secretary for £5. They are valid for the calendar year & are available from November.
There is an agreement between Viking and Star about the car park. Viking's Wednesday club night and Star's Thursday club night are protected and members will be asked to respect car parking priorities of members of the other club on respective nights between 6-10.30pm. Please return their courtesy by not parking in the clubhouse car park on Thursday evenings. Use the public car parks.
There is now 2 hours free parking in all Bedford town car parks on a Saturday. Ensure you get a ticket from the machine in these car parks.
The council have agreed that Viking & Star Club members can park in the Prebend Street car park (car park information) at no charge after 6pm on weekdays & at all times at weekends.
You must display a valid VKC car park sticker or you will be fined. It's a pay & display car park; other people pay per visit.
There is a height barrier at the entrance so watch out when you have boats on the roof. You can walk under the road bridge & launch onto the river from the bank opposite the clubhouse
Club Boats and Equipment
As Part of your membership you are allowed and encouraged to use all try all the various types of kayaks and canoes that the club has.
The rear boat house (door in the car park) is filled with a large number general purpose kayaks. They vary in size from youth kayaks up to large kayaks with inbuilt skegs to help go in a straight line. Also you will find a number of canoe polo boats. See the canoe polo section for more information about this sport and when canoe polo sessions take place.
The front boat house (river side roller door) contains canoes, a 2 person kayak, sit on tops, canoe slalom kayaks and racing kayaks. A number of the racks in the front boat house are private and you should always check that it is club equipment before taking it out on the river. This boat house is also where the more delicate boats are stored and care should be taken in this boat house.
If you wish to use club equipment away from the club you should always check with the equipment officer to ensure that it is free and what you are borrowing it for is allowed. If you wish to borrow club equipment contact:
Club equipment is available for all but it is reserved for courses and is first come first served after that. It is therefore recommended that after a short period of time you start looking for your own equipment.
Boat House Keys
Keys to the boathouse can be issued to members based on criteria including: access to personal boats, access to club boats for coaches running courses, access to activity leaders.
Clubhouse Key Fob
Club Committee and Officials
We have a number of Officials and Club Committee members. All the information can be found on the Club Officials page under the About Us on the top menu. Click here
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Viking Kayak Club. Becoming a member at Viking allows you to do more than just canoe and kayak. We want to encourage you as a member, be it current paddler, former member, parent or friend, to get involved in the Club's development,
There are many ways for you to get involved whether it is helping out with competitions, coaching to taking on committee appointments, which usually change every second year, so members quickly obtain a wide experience of Club activities.
Some examples of roles which are available:
It's a fantastic opportunity to get to know more people and add a notch to your CV. It is incredibly rewarding to help contribute to the success of the club. There are different time requirements for each role, from an hour per month, to more demanding positions requiring weekly commitment. We'll make sure you only need to commit the time you can afford to give.
We have two clothing providers they can be found under the club clothing tab
Any more questions, then pop over to the forum and ask away.