Members

Check Your Membership

You can check your details and make changes at any time here:

You won’t need a password

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.
All club activities are on the Calendar.
You can add the calendar to your phone and it will automatically update.

Car Parking

To use the car park a valid sticker needs to be shown in the vehicle. Stickers can be obtained for £6. They are valid for the calendar year & are available from November. Email the chairperson to order a sticker or ask on club night.

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 the car parking priorities of members of the other club on respective nights between 6-10.30 pm. 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 boathouse (door in the car park) is filled with a large number of 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 boathouse (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 boathouse are private and you should always check that it is club equipment before taking it out on the river. This boathouse is also where the more delicate boats are stored and care should be taken in this boathouse.
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. Mail us here 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 us 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 membership@vikingkayak.co.uk

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

Volunteering

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:
Coaching
Volunteer co-ordinator
Fundraising
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

Bedford River Users Group

We belong to this group that meets to agree when major events take over the river. See the annual diary here

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!

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:

Mar
3
Sun
Duckmill to Great Barford Club Paddle @ Duckmill to Great Barford
Mar 3 all-day

Our next club trip is on Sunday 3rd March, details below. Please let us know if you want to come, do not just turn up on the day!

Leaders: Martin Janes, Andrew Bennett

The Plan 

Meet at Duck Mill at 10 am to unload, then take transport over to the finish at Gt Barford, then back to Duckmill, to be on the water for 11 am. The paddle will take about 4 hrs but depends on stops, weather and cake at Danish camp.

There is a rowing race on the top river so we cannot set off from the club.

The paddle is open to all craft and to any VKC members who have completed Discover and the winter paddling course.

U18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (on the water at all times) and by pre-arrangement.

You also must wear the right clothing for winter paddling, and bring your lights, just in case…please bring food and warm drinks for the trip, along with extra warm clothing.

 

IMPORTANT

There is no trailer so you will need to transport your own kit to the start and finish. For those who want to borrow club kit, Martin and Andrew will be at the boat house on Saturday 2nd March 5 pm so you can pick up any kit you would like to use. Martin and Andrew can transport 5 kayaks only between them this is on a first-come basis for those who would like to come but cannot transport and safely store the kit overnight. This MUST be arranged in advance.

Spaces are limited so please let us know if you would like to take part. 

You can comment on the Facebook post: 

Please bear in mind that if the weather shuts in or the river conditions mean we can’t portage or we feel it’s too risky, we will cancel the trip and rearrange. Look forward to seeing you out on the water.

If you are an ‘ad-hoc’ paddler, ie not currently a VKC paid member, and would like to join, please let me know.

 

Any questions, you can ask Andrew and Martin directly on the Facebook group post or in person at the club.

 

Mar
17
Sun
Bedford River Blessing @ Embankment
Mar 17 all-day
Bedford River Blessing @ Embankment | England | United Kingdom

The annual river blessing is an ancient ritual which involves highlighting the need to care for and treasure our local waterways, and to bless those who use them! This is a short event open to all on the river bank but to paddle you need to be a Viking Kayak Club member.

Part of the ritual involves the priest throwing a wooden cross (which I made from a local fallen tree) into the river, and it’s considered good luck to be the one to retrieve it (often in a competitive fashion).

More details to follow – see Facebook for more details.

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

 

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: