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3 October 2021

Dear WKC

We saw the first signs of Autumn at the club this week, with misty mornings and cooler temperatures.  As we shift season it's important to remember to dress for the conditions, and now is a good time to prepare by adding items to shopping baskets or Christmas wish lists.  Check out our Winter Kit Guide.  

Autumn darker nights also mean that the weekday evening club training programme is adjusting to more land based with a mixture of gym, running, circuits and swim available for members to access.  Details of the programme will be released on Team App (Documents) each week.  The first document available is the Swim Programme (week 1), which can be used to to elevate your winter cross training and build stamina.    

Cross training of another form saw a group of fearless members, try their hand rolling - plastic boats, in the warm waters of Lord Wandsworth College. There are a few places left on the Friday evening short course. Find out more below. There was more learning on Saturday with the second of our Parent/Carer Taster Session, laughter and fun had by all.  Many thanks to all the coaches and organisers involved who so generously give their time and skills to share their passion for paddlesport with new and old members.

Last Sunday saw a fantastic turn out for the Elmbridge Hasler, kicking off the London & South East region race schedule. Read more about the great paddling and the podium T-shirts brought home to Wey. Next Saturday sees the Paddling Challenge at Royal CC, don't forget to sign up as entries close at midnight tomorrow.      

Our very own Hare & Hounds series will commence from the 31st October, keep a look out for messages from Jim, club Chairman to find out how you can Get Involved, whether it's baking cakes, marshalling or timing. There really is a job for everyone!

In the meantime we are in desperate need of Thursday & Saturday kitchen helpers - sign up on the sheet by the kitchen/ sign up on the duty roster on Team App (events) or email club chairman Jim (Saturday) or (Thursdays).

Surrey Hills and Rivers will be running Paddlesport Camps over the autumn half term weeks, please feel free to pass on their details to friends and family who might be interested.  

Of interest to our younger family groups may be an alternate to fireworks lights, Sensory Glow Event to be held at Guildford Waterside Centre (our clubhouse) on 27th Oct from 6.30pm 

As we move towards autumn and winter, the pace should slow slightly and we will be looking for different stories focusing on club/ member based activity, whether it is an interesting training session or group paddle or a historical memory of the club. If there is anything you would like us to focus on, get in touch. All contributions to the newsletter are appreciated. Keep your photos and stories coming to

Enjoy the water and daylight while it lasts!!

In this edition...


Elmbridge Hasler report
Volunteers needed - Kitchen & Hare & Hounds  
Winter Kit Guide
Paddlesport Camps are back
Swim Programme - Week 1

Sign Up! to TeamApp for news, photos and chat
What’s on?

Elmbridge Hasler

The first of our in region Hasler Races, not only saw beautiful sunshine, but a wonderful turn out of over 180 paddlers on the day.  

The first half of the day, saw Lucy H and Eira S in U14 Div A comfortable in the middle of a very large field, as was Delilah W in Div 9.  Owen A gave a solid performance in a strong field in Div 8, whilst Carol R was the leading veteran lady in Div 7. William E, paddling up to Div 7 from Div 9, took a convincing second place and was awarded with a promotion and a Elmbridge T shirt.

After a fine BBQ lunch, Div 5 saw a clutch of adult Wey paddlers holding the middle of the pack, including Colin W, Neil T and Peter G. Sam B showed great strategic thinking throughout his race, finishing a confident sixth, closely followed by Honor L in tenth, after Nerys H left a part of her boat on the rollers.  

All our crew boats finished in the top three places , with Chloe R and Danny S just pipped at the post into third place in Div 6; Steve S and Calum S, second in Div 5; and the determined pairing of Felix S and Edward S hot on the wash of Sophie and Paul T, coming in third and first respectively.

Training with the senior group is paying dividends for Arthur M, coming in second, just 9 seconds behind the leading paddler in Div 3 and on a par with  Andras K in Div 2. Shout out to David H-J paddling 12 miles in Div 3 for the first time, he persevered and kept smiling throughout.

More photos on the event can be found on Team App (Gallery)

Many thanks to the organisers at Elmbridge CC for another great day


Winter Kit Guide

With the temperatures falling and and nights drawing in, is is important to dress appropriately for the conditions. Many of the items are available from the club kit, as well as other kayak specialist retailers

Layering is key and allows you to remove items if necessary
  • Layers of tight fitting, quick drying items*Paddling Mitts - Pogies — Melbourne Sea Kayaking
  • Long sleeve thermal base layers
  • Wind proof cagoule or gillet*
  • Spray deck*
  • pogies (not gloves)*
  • Thermal beanie/ ear warmers
  • Neoprene socks
  • Low glow red light for paddling in the dark 
  • Reflective tape for paddles
  • Personalised Wey hoodie*
*Available from Wey Club Kit in branded form

Any questions please ask your Group Leads and coaches.

Get Involved!

Club night, or Saturday bacon butties would not be possible without our amazing volunteers.  We desperately need volunteers for Saturday kitchen, if you could help out, get in contact with
It is a great way to contribute back to the club, whilst getting to know more members (in a dry and warm setting!)

2021  - WINTER 
The Programme is broken into three different programmes,
  1. HARD - - 
  2. MEDIUM –
  3. EASY - 
  • The HARD programme is designed for a 50m pool as the Surry Sports ParkThe MEDIUM and EASY programme is designed for use in the Spectrum Pool with its 25 m pool.
  • Obviously – this is a guideline only, and there will be cross overs till you find a group / program that you can work within
  • The program is designed to add approximately 50 m per session, stretching you gradually and building endurance, so stick to the program
  • A pullbuoy, goggles and water bottle are necessary for each session
  • Without using the pullbuoy, the session will feel overwhelming – the pullbouy is designed to get your body into the correct position in the water and enable you to work your arms. The kicking is separate enabling you to concentrate on kicking as it is often left overlooked !
  • There are THREE very different speeds to training and you NEED to work on them
  1. WARM UP & COOL DOWN – is done very slowly, elongating stroke, focusing on getting body into correct alignment, stretch out each stroke.
  2. PACE – is a constant speed, 70 % of what you can do, kicking constantly at 4 kicks per stoke, breathing every 4th stroke.
  3. SPRINT- is at 100% of your ability – arm pace doesn’t change- BUT pull under the water changes and kicking goes to 6 kicks per stroke.
  • For the Kicking in the program, just use the pullbouy and hold it with two arms out in front. 
A kickboard is not necessary.
  • If there is anything you don’t understand or need help with please ask your Group Lead. 
  • The aim is enjoyment, no injuries, endurance, fitness .

Keep up to date with the latest news, photos, events and chat!

TeamApp is for ALL members, adults and juniors and parents/carers of junior members


Step by Step - how to get TeamApp

  1. Download the free TeamApp on to your phone via If you don’t want to use a phone app, you can access it using a browser, but you won’t get the notifications when there are new messages
  2. Open the app and choose Log in or Sign Up, enter an email address and complete your registration.
  3. It's a good idea to set up a password. In Team App, from Settings (normally a cog in the top right corner in the main Memberships screen)
  4. "Find your Team / Club" choosing WeyKayakClub, and then go to Settings and Access Groups and choose Junior Beginners/Rovers etc etc.

You will now be able to see information under Galleries, Chat and News. Please join in the Chat groups so that you can get the latest updates on what's happening.

There is also a website version which updates dynamically with the app: 

We hope you enjoy your TeamApp experience!

What's On....

As always lots going in and around the club in the next month or so - for events further out check out TeamApp Events
15th Oct - 29th October (evening sessions)
Plastic boat skills - Lord Wandsworth College 
16th October
Royal Paddle Challenge - sign up by midnight 11th.
23rd - 24th October
National 5k Championships - Potential Road trip to Strathclyde -k1,k2 and k4 events
31st October
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the first of the 5 race series on home water
21st November
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the second of the 5 race series on home water
5th December
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the third of the 5 race series on home water
11th December
Wey Kayak Club Christmas Party

Plastic Boat skills - Rolling
Last few places remaining in session 1

Not too late to join in!

Over five weeks in October (1st October-29th October), we are running plastic boat skill sessions, coached by Joe Langham, to give more members the chance to develop their boat handling skills and have a bit of fun. They will be hosted at Lord Wandsworth College (RG29 1TB).

Skills learned over the five weeks will include rolling as well as many more and the potential to play canoe polo too.

 16 places over two sessions are available on first come first served basis. Session 1 starts at 6:00pm and finishes at 7:30pm. Session 2 starts at 7:45pm and finishes at 9:15pm. All equipment is provided.

The cost for 5 weeks is £70 -  4 weeks (from 8th October) is £57

Sign-up by emailing as soon as possible.

Royal Paddling Challenge

Entries via

National 5K Championships

Entries here.



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