New to Viking
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New to Viking

So you have joined Viking: here is some more information about the club:

What’s Going On at Viking?

Once you have joined Viking, you will be able to access our Members Only Facebook Group. This is where you can easily find out what is going on. The club and members post regularly into this group. Some of the Sections have their own Facebook pages too.
Every activity that Viking organises is found on the Calendar.
You can add the calendar to your phone and it will automatically update.

The Club used to produce a club magazine, The Paddler, You can find all the previous editions here on Dropbox. Would you like to help produce a new version? let us know.

Car Parking

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.
Click here to email the club secretary with your request.

Clubhouse Key Fob

A key fob can be used to get into the changing room using the door at the top of the external stairs. The bar staff keep the key fobs and a list of current VKC members. If you are on the list they will give you a key fob in exchange for a £10 by BACS transfer. If you are not on the members list please contact

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
Current Committee Members (January 2019)
1 Paul Dodson Honorary President
2 Malcolm Craig Chairman (Officer)
3 Richard Evans Captain (Officer)
4 Mike Carter Treasurer (Officer)
5 Tony Perry Secretary (Officer)
6 Patrick O’Hara Club Welfare Officer
7 Richard Harpham Safety Officer
8 Dom Milner Equipment Officer
9 Anne Dorber General Member
10 Peter Twining General Member
11 Abi Isserlis General Member

Co-opted member: Marc Nicholson


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:
Volunteer co-ordinator
Communications manager
Legal and Admin support
Stand-alone projects,
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.
Click here to email the club secretary if you would like to help out

Club Clothing

We have two places where you can get club clothing.
Godfrey Sport
There’s an excellent range of kit from the cheaper items through to the more technical clothing. And you can even get any item individualised with your initials if you like!
Prestige Design and Workwear
This is where you can get casual wear such as Hoodies, Fleeces, Polo shirts, T-shirts and Trousers.
So please, have a look at the page, get your order in and wear your new kit with pride!!

Club Documents

Rules and Polices
Committee Meeting Minutes
All Public Documents   AGM, Accounts etc

Upcoming Viking Kayak Club Events:

Local Paddling Trip
Apr 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Local Canoe, Kayak, SUP paddling trip

Good Friday 10th April

Sharnbrook to Milton earnest / Oakley, 9am ~ 3pm

For more information please contact Richard Evans or Andrew Bennett (

Please let us know you’re coming, thanks.

Open Boat session @ Viking Kayak Club
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Boat session (Viking members)  6:30pm ~ 8pm

Committee Meeting @ Club House
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Cancelled 68th Bedford Marathon 2020 @ Viking Kayak Club
May 3 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

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


Open Boat session @ Viking Kayak Club
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Boat session (Viking members)  6:30pm ~ 8pm

Open Boat session @ Viking Kayak Club
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Boat session (Viking members)  6:30pm ~ 8pm

Committee Meeting @ Club House
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Open Boat session @ Viking Kayak Club
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Boat session (Viking members)  6:30pm ~ 8pm

Cardington Slalom Competition Div 2/3/4 @ Cardington Canoe Slalom Course
Jun 13 – Jun 14 all-day
Open Boat session @ Viking Kayak Club
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Boat session (Viking members)  6:30pm ~ 8pm