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And Winter Training begins...
17 October 2021

Dear WKC,

With the final competition of the season finished, we are well and truly into the winter season. Autumn leaves were finally making a proper appearance on the water this morning as well as the chilly air. As mentioned last week, this also means we are moving into the winter training programme. The weekday club training has adjusted to more land based with a mixture of gym, running, circuits and swimming available for members to access. Details of the programme will be released on Team App (Documents) each week and a reminder of the swim programme is below. Circuits will also be happening every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6pm for all - get in contact with Paul Dimmock for more information.

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. 

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! It is also time to start registering for an entry so speak to your group lead or Jim for more information. Website link below.

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,, for Saturdays or for Thursdays. Both are a great opportunity to give back to the club without a long term commitment as well as getting to know more members.

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. As a result, the changing rooms will also be closed for a period of time at the beginning and end of the sessions, as per our changing room policy, so make sure you are aware of the timings shown below. 

On top of that, there will be extra paddling sessions for juniors being run in half term. View further details below in the events section.

Finally, a few of our members ventured to Royal Canoe Club yesterday for the Royal Paddling Challenge 2021 with a selection of good results and races for all. A short collection of notable highlights are below with a full write-up in the next Newsletter edition.  

As always continue to pass anything onto us, no matter how small, to as early as possible so it does not miss the newsletter going out. 

Enjoy the water and daylight while it lasts!!

In this edition...


Royal Paddling Challenge 2021 Initial Highlights
Overview of the
Hare & Hounds Series
Volunteers needed - Kitchen & Hare & Hounds  

Paddlesport Camps are back
Swim Programme - Week 1

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What’s on?

Royal Paddling Challenge

Yesterday, a collection of our paddlers travelled over to Royal Canoe Club for the Annual Royal Paddling Challenge. Without a public release of the results, below is a few known highlights. We will follow-up with a full write-up in the next edition of the newsletter.

Known results as followed:
  • Lightning - Josh I came 3rd
  • U16 boys - Arthur M came 2nd and Patrick A 4th
  • U16 girls - Nerys H came 1st
  • U18 boys - David HJ came 4th
  • U18 girls - Honor L came 1st
  • Open Mens - Chris C came 2nd
Racing also were Lucas C, Will R, Ben F, Auchan and Ocean. Once the full results are published, we will do a full write-up of the race. Well done all who took part, even if we did not managed to mention you here! 

Overview of the WKC Hare & Hounds Series

On Sunday 31st October, the 2021/22 Hare & Hounds series start, with a notable return to the original course up the St. Cats Lock. It is based on a time trial format with the slowest paddlers starting first and faster ones later, with the aim of everybody finishing at the same time. 

There are two classes run as part of this series:
Both are run over 5 events, with trophies given to those in Masters, Seniors, Juniors, under 16, under 14 and under 12 age groups as well as the most improvement over the series. This is calculated by taking your best 4 finishing positions. 

Further details on timings can be found here on our website.

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!)

Massive shout out to some of volunteers from this week as well as those who regularly get involved by completing the washing up at the end of club night. 
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 .


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What's On....

As always lots going in and around the club in the next month or so - for all events visit our TeamApp Events section.
15th Oct - 29th October (evening sessions)
Plastic boat skills - Lord Wandsworth College 
23rd - 24th October
National 5k Championships - Potential Road trip to Strathclyde -k1,k2 and k4 events
26th October
Half Term Junior Paddling Sessions - further details below
28th October
Half Term Junior Paddling Sessions - further details below
31st October
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the first of the 5 race series on home water
6th November
Junior Development Squad Skills Day - K4/C4 and coaching CPD at Nottingham
7th November
Elmbridge 10k K2
20th November

Club Litter-Pick and Tidy-Up - more details to follow
21st November
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the second of the 5 race series on home water
27th November
Pennywort Action Day 2 - more details to follow
28th November
Royal K2 10k
5th December
Hare & Hounds (WKC) - the third of the 5 race series on home water
11th December
Wey Kayak Club Christmas Party - details to follow

Plastic Boat skills - Rolling
Few more places remaining

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 3 weeks is £43.

Sign-up by emailing as soon as possible.

National 5K Championships

Entries here.


Half Term Extra Junior Paddling Sessions

On Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th, Amanda and her team will be hosting extra paddling sessions open to juniors who normally paddle on Saturday mornings, Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. They will take place between 3-5pm.

If you would like to join in, please email


Chance to paddle K4 and/or C4 as well as CPD opportunity for coaches wishing to develop their crew boat skills or support a discipline committee organised event.
Further details and sign-up here.

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