Help us build a New Home

After a three-year search looking at sites along both banks of the Abingdon stretch of the River Thames we have finally located and had plaaning permission granted to build a timber frame canoe storage and changing facilities for the club on Abingdon Lock Island.

With this hurdle completed we are now finalising plans for construction.

Although the club has the funds required to start construction we will require additional to complete the works. To this end we are seeking oportunities to apply for grants and asking for individual donations.

If you are able to support us our online fundraising page is now live here: https://kingfishercanoeclub.co.uk/donate/

Introduction Course for Kayaking & Canoeing

BACKGROUND INFO

This course is designed to introduce novices to a range of skills and knowledge required to begin kayaking and canoeing. The sessions will cover safety, paddle strokes, equipment, capsizing etc.

VENUE

Abingdon Lock. Parking by driving up lane next to Rye meadow car park (towards kingfisher barn, but take left fork in road)

DATES

Tuesdays OR Thursdays for 6 weeks 14th or 16th May 2019 to 18th 0r 20th June. Working towards BC discover award.

TIMES

6:15 to 9:00 pm approx.

ABILITY

 Should be 18 years or over and be able to swim 50 metres in your clothes.

EQUIPMENT

Boat, paddle, buoyancy aid, helmet and spray deck will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own if you have this equipment.

CLOTHING

To paddle in: Neoprene shoes/wet-suit boots (not bulky trainers!), lightweight windproof jacket, tracksuit or thermal trousers (or shorts if warm). Thermal t-shirt, woolly jumper or fleece. YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED TO GET WET IN THESE CLOTHES. Towel and change of clothes.

FACILITIES

Minimal – We work from the riverbank, but we do have access to a toilet. There are no changing facilities, so it is best to arrive changed for the river, with your dry kit in a bag.

COACH

David Mattingly– UKCC L2 Coach. Louise Royle – UKCC L3 Coach.

COST

£120. This includes membership of KCC until Dec 2019.

CONTACT

Contact Louise Royle to reserve a place. Spaces allocated on first come first reserved basis.

e-mail: kingfisher.adult@gmail.comTel 01235 847528

Go Paddling: Swift Ditch Paddle. Wednesday 29th May 6:00pm

Join Kingfisher Canoe Club (https://kingfishercanoeclub.co.uk/) to paddle around Swift Ditch, a scenic backwater of the Thames. An adventurous circular trip navigation through overhanging trees in the narrow often swiftly flowing channel, includes a small weir ramp drop.

Join Kingfisher Canoe Club (https://kingfishercanoeclub.co.uk/) to paddle around Swift Ditch, a scenic backwater of the Thames. An adventurous circular trip navigation through overhanging trees in the narrow often swiftly flowing channel, includes a small weir ramp drop. Starting and finishing at Abingdon Lock [OX14 3NW]. ~2 hr, 6 km. 

Paddlers must be confident to paddle this distance and be able to manoeuvre around obstacles in a swift current. Adults and juniors (age 11-18) are welcome, although juniors must have parental consent and evidence of relevant experience.

Suitable for kayaks and canoes. Please bring your own equipment where possible, some club equipment is available if booked in advance. Parking as available at Abbey Meadows [OX14 3JE] or Rye farm [OX14 3NN] car parks.

Contact: Louise Royle  kingfisher.adult@gmail.com to book a place.