Pool Fees, Life-Jackets and New Kayaks

Pool Fees
Pool fees are now due for the next 12 weeks. (Actually they were due last Wednesday, but I wasn’t at the pool then.)
The cost is £44 (with one week free) which takes us to the end of April.
Those paying weekly just carry on as normal, £4 a week.
We have a selection of second hand junior buoyancy aids and life-jackets donated by a friend. As the club has just bought some new junior buoyancy aids, these will be offered to club members, first come first served.
New Kayaks
The club’s new kayaks are ready for us to collect from Manchester Canoes, near Warrington. David is passing there at the end of February and can collect them then, unless anyone else is able to get them sooner. I was going to go last weekend, but the weather wasn’t good, and it would cost us an extra £60 for the petrol. I know you are all keen to get the kayaks.

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New season, new name: Carrick Canoe Club is here!

We are now called Carrick Canoe Club!

This was agreed unanimously at our recent AGM. The change of name better reflects the wider area of our membership (similar to Kyle Kayak Club which is based in Ayr). It should also help with funding applications.

We have also agreed several changes to the constitution that were requested by the SCA. These will be posted on this website soon, along with the AGM minutes.

Membership fees and pool session fees are held at £18/year and £4/session, with a free trial session.

Dates for the 2017-18 season’s pool training sessions are:

  • October 04, 11, 25
  • November 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • December 06, 13
  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 07, 14, 21, 28
  • March 07, 14, 21, 28
  • April 18, 25

Total 24 sessions, 10 before Christmas and 14 in the new year.
Note: South Ayrshire Easter holiday is the first two weeks in April.

Payment can be made for a block of 12 sessions, covering October to mid January, and mid January to April. This gets you one free session, so you just pay for 11 (£44). Alternatively you can still pay £4 weekly as before.

New membership forms are now available in the Membership Forms section of this website.


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Funding Success!

We were successful with our funding application at the Carrick Decides event today!

Many thanks to everyone who helped support this, especially to Euan, Lenny and Pamela who put together a great display board about the club, and spent hours at the event explaining to people what the club did. We may also get some new members as a result.

We now have an option to apply for additional match funding from another source such as North Carrick Community Benefit Co. www.nccbc.org (wind farm benefit funds). With extra funds we could also get some new adult kayaks, and do a club trip to somewhere like the Pinkston Watersports facility in Glasgow. pinkston.co.uk

We can discuss this at the AGM on 11th October. We can also discuss our re-branding of the club as Carrick Canoe Club, which may have helped with the funding application. Maybe a logo competition and some new T-shirts or fleeces.


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Pool Training Sessions

Pool Training Sessions start on Wednesday 4th October in Maybole swimming pool, 8 to 9 pm.

Before then we are planning a Sunday afternoon kayak session, on the 10th September. Meet at the lockup in Maybole at 2 pm.

Our AGM is on Wednesday 11th October, at the Carrick Sports Club (or Speakers Club) before the pool session. As discussed last year we are going to change the club name to Carrick Canoe Club, which will mean a change to the constitution. There are some other changes to the constitution requested by the SCA, about equality, data protection, etc.

We are applying again for funds from “North Carrick Decides”, a participatory budget event where the public vote who gets the funds. We were unsuccessful last year, but keen to try again. If successful we will get more junior kayaks, so the junior members don’t have to share a kayak. If anyone is able to come along to the Carrick Centre in Maybole to support the bid it would be much appreciated.

Thanks, John

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Summer Sea Kayaking

Summer is almost here, and we start out in the sea from Wednesday 3rd May. I think all our current junior members should be capable of paddling in the sea, providing the conditions are good. That means only light onshore winds, so the waves are not too big, and ideally dry so no-one gets too cold and wet. Spraydecks need to be worn, and the club will also supply cagoules, helmets, buoyancy aids and wetsuits.

Here is a reminder of where to meet and what to bring:

Girvan Canoe Club’s Summer Sea Kayaking

On Wednesday evenings during the summer we meet at the Club’s canoe store at School Vennel, Maybole (just off Greenside, across from the station) at 19:00 prompt to paddle on the sea.  Paddling depends on weather conditions; in bad weather or off-shore winds we will not be going on the sea.  When there is surf running there may be good sport for more experienced paddlers but it is possible that less experienced paddlers will not be able to go out. Sea kayak sessions usually last two hours at most.

Paddlers should bring suitable clothing to wear in a kayak: – You will get wet!  This includes swimming costume, wet-suit or dry-suit if possible, otherwise light-weight trousers, T-shirt, old wool pullover.  Wet-suit boots or neoprene boots are ideal, otherwise light-weight gym-shoes or sandals that can get wet.  The Club has equipment such as spray-decks, crash helmets, buoyancy aids, cagoules, etc.

Don’t forget a towel and dry clothing to change into at the end.  A drink and snack is always good to have too.

The Club charges £2 per evening which includes use of Club equipment. There is the option to pay £10 for the whole summer (May to mid August).

Regards, John

PS. the latest paddler magazine is available online. https://joom.ag/xE8W

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Canoe Club Night Out

The Canoe Club night out is Friday 17th March at 7 pm at the LA Bowl in Ayr.

The cost is £12, for which we get a game of bowls, supper, then the Laser Quest.

We will bring along a spreadsheet to the pool so that people can confirm they are going and book supper.

John and David


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Pool Training Sessions 2016-17

Pool training sessions restart on Wednesday 5th October in Maybole Swimming Pool, from 8 to 9 pm.

Proposed dates for 2016-17 (avoiding school holidays):

  • October 05, 19, 26     (not 12th)
  • November 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • December 07, 14
  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 01, 08, 15, 22
  • March 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • April 19, 26     (not 5th or 12th)

This gives us 10 sessions before Christmas and 14 sessions after.

Our AGM is planned for Wed 19th October, 7 pm at the Sports Club. Hope you can come and bring your ideas for the club.

One suggestion is, along with a modest increase in fees, to give a discount for paying for a block of sessions. This would encourage regular attendance and give a more guaranteed income for the club. The option to pay weekly would still be there.

John Haston
Your club secretary.

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