Paddle Festival

Just a reminder the club paddle festival is at Loch Lomond (Balloch Park) this Sunday. Contact Shona (shonaoff70 AT hotmail.com) to find out you can help or you could simply come along and see what is going on or come for a paddle between 11am and 3pm. For more info we are Item 44 in the program...
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DCKC Summer 2013 Newsletter Out Now

To download the most recent newsletter for July / August 2013  Click Here Shona has also added some info to the calendar about a great day out in September:- "The club's paddle festival is on Sunday 8th September 11am to 3pm at Balloch Castle Country Park (Loch Lomond). It's a fantastic day and it's free, so please don't miss it! Bring you friends & family. Take part in competitions & races, socialise with new & old members, eat & drink -bbq, coach or be coached in your paddling skills. It is part of the Great Outdoors Festival organised by West Dunbartonshire Council so there will be lots of other activities too. Shona still needs more helpers so please email shonaoff70'hotmail.com if you can assist in any way. Thanks Shona"...
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Roddy McDowell is our next Guest Sea Kayaking Coach Tuesday 13 August

We have just confirmed that Roddy McDowell will be our guest coach at the club night on Tuesday 13th August. Roddy is an L5 Sea Kayak coach and the lead coach for www.kayakbute.co.uk  as well as a UK distributer for tiderace kayaks. One of the good things is that we let the guest coach bring his/her own style and view to the evening - so we can't let you know what is planned! P.S. It would be great if any sea kayakers planning to come along could make sure they arrive and are changed in good time.  ...
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Early warning! Going Outside.

Just a quick reminder that we move to Loch Lomond for the first Tuesday of May, leaving the warmth of the pool for the great outdoors. The sessions are still suitable for all, from absolute beginner to experts. More info on the calendar.... but please remember- - we meet at the club outdoor container - not the pool container! : Club Locations - you are likely to be able to choose whether to paddle canoe, kayak or sea kayak, although this may depend on your own abilities, the group sizes on the night and the weather conditions. There is always somewhere suitable (except for tropical lightning storms! ) - although the club has a small trailer that can take up to 4 canoes and 6 kayaks, cars with roof racks will be needed to transport all the boats needed. - later on in the year we may venture to the River Clyde, Lake of Menteith, Loch Ard, a gorge walk or more. Dates will...
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More Club Grant Success!

Great news We recently received confimation that our application to the 2014 Communities lottery fund has been successful! This application was to help us develop the options in the club for young (and not so young) paddlers by purchasing some boats suitable for canoe  polo and also to help with the training costs of more club coaches.  We have been awarded £2000 to help with this, and with the forms safely returned we should be able to start choosing the new boats and also finding suitable club members who would like to add some coaching to their skills soon. Possible new boat is a  revenge which will be suitable for use in the pool and also on flat water outside. If you are thinking that a bit of coaching training might suit you then contact any of the club coaches! The level 1 coach course is normally over 2 weekends and is ideal for a 2 star standard of paddler.  The club would...
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Additional Club Trip

A few extra trips and events have been added to the calander. 26/27 January. Lochawe Cottage river paddle. Based at Graham's cottage and paddling Grade 3 to 4. Options for whole weekend or single days. Details on club calendar. 16/17 March. River Dee Descent by open canoe. A weekend camping trip down the Dee (Grade 1 (touching Grade 2/3).  Details on club calendar. 19/20/21 April. SCA Club Coach and Volunteer Development Weekend. More info to follow on the SCA website but an overview is at http://www.canoescotland.org/NewsEvents/ClubandVolunteerConference.aspx It is likely a couple of club members are going but this is generally a good weekend with subsidised course etc for club coaches and volunteers.  ...
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Club Grant Success!

We have been hard at work trying to get some grant support for the club to help keep up with how busy we are and have had a couple of great successes! The Sports Council for Glasgow have awarded us £360 to help fund the purchase of a new Karnali kayak for the pool and also flatwater outdoors. The Karnali is the more up to date version of the CK320 that fits the larger paddlers in the club. Thank you to the Sports Council for this help - much appreciated. (The boat is on order!) West Dumbartonshire Council though their "Sustainable Sport, Stong Futures" project have offered the club funding to help us set up a new section in the club. We wrote a proposal to start a competition section for our junior members, intially focussed on polo along with slalom and sprint. Following a grant meeting in December they have agreed to award us approximately £1400 to fund the purchase of...
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DCKC Level 1 Coach Training

Dear all, DCKC has grown! Busy pool sessions, lots of trips, better equipment, better coaching, lots of members out enjoying their own paddling, improving their own skills and also helping out other members. We have a pretty full program in mind for 2013 and as well as developing individual paddling and group skills with courses such as 2,3,4 star courses we are also keen to encourage anyone with an inclination to helping others to consider doing a coaching course - if you have helped out at sessions, given a fellow paddler a bit of advice or would like youth members to come on your “A” trip then a coaching qualification could be just the thing. So what’s involved: Time, the Level 1 course is a 4 day course… but it should be fun! Money – but not lots. The club has managed to obtain grant funding to pay for a significant portion of the course. Additionally you can top this up by applying directly...
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Now on facebook

Just to say there is now a link to the club's facebook page at the bottom of our pages or posts. Simply click on the link and "like us" (if you are a facebook user). The main place for club events is still the newsletter and calendar with the forum for updates and short notice trips....
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AGM – Chairman and Treasurer Needed!

In the last committee meeting Bill and Shona explained they were not going to stand for reelection as Treasurer and Chairman for 2012/13. They have both done a fantastic job, helping the club have a happy motivated committee, lots of events, money to provide excellent equipment and many new members. To keep all this carrying on we need to replace them! If you might be happy to stand for either of these positions then why not chat to Bill or Shona about what they do. You can also find out more general infomation about these roles at the following website http://www.helpforclubs.org.uk/ChannelNavigation/Resource+Library/Publications/Running+Sport+booklets.htm...
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Lochawe Weekend 23-25th November 2012

A big weekend away, similar to last years very successful trip so hopefully we will see everyone there! Paddling On the saturday and sunday there will be a choice of paddling: river trip, sea trip or loch trip for canoe or kayak so all needs should be catered for. Accomodation is in Lochawe Village Hall, sleeping on thermarests, camp beds and sleeping baegs (with Barry and the snorers in the back room and we will try to fit the children into the comfort of graham's cottage as needed. Food. This was the scene of Colin's Cheesecake as well as some very fine group catering which worked really well with Janice and Bill coordinating. Booking. Please contact me to book your space. We will also be trying to establish paddling preferences as we go. More Info. Options to arrive friday night to make a long weekend of it. Also some single day options available too. I will prepare a bit of paper with...
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New Documents for Comment

There are a couple of new documents now available. The river/loch and sea trip leader guidance documents are available for review on the site (Resources>Club Documents). Any feedback welcome and we can change them from being Draft copies. They all contain useful info on running and leading a trip. The club coaching funding document is now published. This explains how the club can help members to fund some of their training and qualification courses. (Resources > Club Documents).  ...
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