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We are a small, friendly, mixed club of enthusiastic canoeists, of all abilities, ages and interests mainly based in the London area. Membership is open to members of CSSC Sports and Leisure.  This means that now MOST PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN our canoe club when they join CSSC.  Membership is no longer restricted to civil servants.  The total cost of membership of the Canoe Club & CSSC for 2016 after 1 July is £55.60 (or £51.16 for retired members).

We meet weekly, and also have a programme of weekend trips, both locally and throughout the UK, as well as holidays abroad. Our current interests are touring, white water and sea kayaking.

For newcomers, this site aims to give you an introduction to the Club, and what we get up to; tell you how to contact us for more details, to join etc.

For members, the site aims to provide a useful reference source - for the latest Calendar information, Club rules, forms etc, plus links to useful web sites etc, including information on canoeing elsewhere in the UK, and on other sports and leisure activities available in the Civil Service.

CSSC members can visit 280 English Heritage sites for free with a friend.  The sites are listed at-

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/content/imported-docs/a-e/properties-free-to-corporate-members.pdf

16/17 April - Isle of Sheppey weekend - Gavin organising

(suitable for experienced sea kayakers)

26 April - first Thames Tuesday evening session of 2016

30 April - 2 May - upper Thames touring weekend - Dan organising - HAPPENED

(suitable for all ability levels)

14/15 May - brownsea Island sea kayaking trip - stephen organising - HAPPENED

(suitable for anyone comfortable paddling on moving water)

11/12 June - canoe club members' bbq/CSSC taster day - Dan organising - HAPPENED

(everyone welcome)

25 or 26 June - Thames day paddle to Hampton court - Gavin organising - HAPPENED

(Suitable for all ability levels)

Early July - scilly isles sea kayaking holiday - Rob organising - HAPPENED

30/31 July - Wye touring/camping weekend - Dan organising - HAPPENED

(suitable for all ability levels)

13/14 August 2016 - white water safety and rescue course  - Gavin organising

20/21 August - gap in club calendar for Stewart's 'Song of the Paddle' River Wye touring trip

16 August - Evening BBQ at Chiswick - Dan organising

11 September - Central London Thames day paddle - Gavin organising 

24/25 September - sea kayaking weekend to suit level of participants - Rob organising

27 September - last Thames Tuesday evening session of the season

8/9 October - white water weekend - Fiona R. organising

18 October - pool sessions restart - Dan booking 8 weekly before Xmas sessions

22/23 October - Kennet and Avon Canal touring trip - Eleanor organising

25 October - CSSC conference at London Zoo - ask Tom P. if you'd like to attend

5 November - boatshed fettle (tidy) & fireworks - Dan organising

19/20 November - River Barle weekend - Martin organising

20 December - Xmas party - Dan organising

Possible mid-week river clean up day using volunteering allowance - Stephen organising
 
Weekly meetings -  Summer Thames sessions
 
Thames sessions take place every Tuesday evening from 26 April to the end of September.
 
 
Weekly meetings - autumn/winter swimming pool sessions
 
During the autumn & winter Tuesday evening sessions take place at the Porchester Centre in Bayswater.
 
For a taste of what goes on see-
 
 
The 2016 winter sessions will begin on 2 February and end on 5 April.
Canoeing Poster Winter 2014

River Thames recreational users website
Click the link above for the Port of London Authority's recreational users website. (The PLA are in charge of the Thames between Teddington and the sea). Among other things there is an interesting video on rowing (includes paddling) through Central London. There is also a section specifically on Canoeing.

Club Library

The club has a small library of paddling books available for members to borrow.  Most of the books are latest editions, including a number of Franco Fererro's excellent Pesda Press titles, Olli Grau's "White Water kayaking" and Gordon Brown's "Sea Kayaking" to name just a few.  The book list can be found on the members' forum in the  "General Discussion and Social Stuff" section. Members are welcome to suggest additional books and DVDs for the library. Loans or donations of paddling books which you no longer need are also very welcome.  
 
Joining the forum

All members are encouraged to join the Forum on this website. Unfortunately we are subjected to many fake applications from spammers. Where we can't readily identify the applicant as a club member the application is left on hold and eventually rejected. To avoid this happening to your application please email secretary@civilservicecanoeclub.org.uk to tip him off that you have applied to join the forum and he will arrange for it to be approved.   

 For regular discussion and info on canoeing stuff, see the club forum or the discussion boards at UK Rivers Guidebook and Song of the Paddle.

Note: views expressed in these pages are liable to be those of the author, and should not necessarily be taken as representing those of the Club.

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