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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 annual cost of membership of the Canoe Club & CSSC for 2014 is 74.40 or for new members 66.90.

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.

News and Snippets.

Next trips and events:  

Sea kayaking trip in w/c 21 April - Contact Stephen

River Wye touring trip - 3 & 4 May - contact Stewart

Sea kayaking - 10/11 May - contact Rob or Gavin

BBQ Shepperton - 17 May - contact Eleanor

Taster Day Shepperton - 18 May - contact Eleanor 

Jersey sea kayaking symposium - 23-30 May - contact Dan

Foundation safety & rescue course - 8 June - contact Rob

June - Lee Valley white water trip - contact Tom P.

July - touring trip in East Anglia - contact Eleanor

  
Weekly meetings - Summer Thames sessions
 
Thames sessions take place every Tuesday evening from 15 April to September. 
 

Weekly meetings - winter swimming pool sessions

During the winter Tuesday evening sessions take place at the Porchester Centre.  The next session won't take place until the autumn.  
 
For a taste of what goes on see-
 
 
 
 
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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