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Based in a superb setting on the Thames at Chiswick Pier, Chiswick Pier Canoe Club was formed in 1999 and has around 80 members. It is a friendly club and new members are always welcome. The club has a good spread of ages with many adult members and youngsters. The minimum age is 8 subject to the prevailing water conditions.

Below you will find some useful information relating to paddling on the Thames.
To view our events and trips in calendar format please visit our Calendar

The calendar also shows activity on the Thames which may affect paddling enjoyment!

Click here for the 2015 Thames Tide Tables
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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES
Location: Woolwich Area
Date: Thursday 11 February 2016
From 0855 to 1125 GMT

Note: The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 1st November 2015.
 

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Boustead Cup Rowing Race

Boustead Cup Rowing Race
Date: Sunday, 14th February 2016
Info: This will be a series of 6 races which will be held between Putney Bridge and Mortlake.
Each race will comprise of 2 vessels rowing side-by-side.
The race will be rowed in the navigation channel with the stream, and the river will remain fully open at all times. The first race is planned to commence at approximately 11:30 with the subsequent races at 10 minute intervals.
Rowing crews competing in the races will navigate in strict accordance with the rowing code of practice, with the following exceptions:

Having confirmed that the river is clear of oncoming traffic, crews will assemble in downstream end of the restricted zone downstream of Putney Bridge

They will then proceed through the middle arch and halt to align at the University Boat Race start mark which is being used as the start marker

Where it is safe to do so crews may overtake through restricted zones

Crews will follow the racing line where safely possible

Each race will be followed by a number of motor launches.

 

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Hammersmith Head of the River Rowing Race

Hammersmith Head of the River Race
Date: Saturday 20th February 2016
Time: 12:00 to 15:00
Info: (rowed on the ebb tide Mortlake to Hammersmith)
Instruction: No vessel may pass upstream of the Barn Elms Boat Club or downstream of Kew Railway Bridge after 12:00 until the last competing crew has arrived at Hammersmith Bridge and is inward bound, expected to be at approximately 15:00.
The racing boats will be marshalled on both sides of the river between Kew Rail Bridge and Barnes Railway Bridge, from approximately 12:00.
The race will start at 13:00 from Chiswick Bridge.
The river will remain closed until the last competitor has completed at Hammersmith Bridge.

This is a full river closure Notice
and is outward bound, expected to be at approximately 15:00. 

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OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRE - BOAT RACE

Date: Sunday 21st February 2016
Time: 12:00
Club: OUBC
Fixture: Oxford Brookes
Fixture: Oxford Brookes
Each race or training session will consist of one or two eights racing with the flood tide; starting from the University Stone at Putney and finishing at the Boat Race finish post at Chiswick.
These races will be followed by a number of coaching launches and small passenger craft.
Vessels navigating in the area during these times should take note of the following:

- The eights will be following the racing line, as distinct from the starboard hand side of the navigation channel;

- Rowing vessels and coaching launches not involved in the races are to avoid obstructing the races and the vessels following the races;

- Motor vessels in the area should keep clear and navigate with caution, paying special attention to their wash.
However; where risk of collision exists, the International Collision Regulations as modified by the Port of London Thames Byelaws 2012 continue to apply to all vessels
 

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OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRE - BOAT RACE

Date: Saturday 27th February 2016
Time: 14:30
Club: Osiris
Fixture: Tideway Scullers
Each race or training session will consist of one or two eights racing with the flood tide; starting from the University Stone at Putney and finishing at the Boat Race finish post at Chiswick.
These races will be followed by a number of coaching launches and small passenger craft.
Vessels navigating in the area during these times should take note of the following:

- The eights will be following the racing line, as distinct from the starboard hand side of the navigation channel;

- Rowing vessels and coaching launches not involved in the races are to avoid obstructing the races and the vessels following the races;

- Motor vessels in the area should keep clear and navigate with caution, paying special attention to their wash.
However; where risk of collision exists, the International Collision Regulations as modified by the Port of London Thames Byelaws 2012 continue to apply to all vessels
 

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OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRE - BOAT RACE

Date: Sunday 28th February 2016
Time: 15:00
Club: OUWBC
Fixture: Molesey (press fixture)
Each race or training session will consist of one or two eights racing with the flood tide; starting from the University Stone at Putney and finishing at the Boat Race finish post at Chiswick.
These races will be followed by a number of coaching launches and small passenger craft.
Vessels navigating in the area during these times should take note of the following:

- The eights will be following the racing line, as distinct from the starboard hand side of the navigation channel;

- Rowing vessels and coaching launches not involved in the races are to avoid obstructing the races and the vessels following the races;

- Motor vessels in the area should keep clear and navigate with caution, paying special attention to their wash.
However; where risk of collision exists, the International Collision Regulations as modified by the Port of London Thames Byelaws 2012 continue to apply to all vessels
 

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Women’s Eights Head Rowing Race

Women’s Eights Head Rowing Race
Date: Saturday 5th March 2016
Time: 11:45 to 15:15
Info: (rowed on the ebb tide Mortlake to Putney)
Instruction: No vessel may pass upstream of Fulham Railway Bridge or downstream of Kew Railway Bridge after 11:45 until the last competing crew has arrived at Putney and is inward bound,expected to be at approximately 15:15.
Racing eights will be marshalled on both sides of the river between Chiswick Steps and Kew Railway Bridge from approximately 11:45
The race will start at 12:45 from Chiswick Bridge.

This is a full river Closure Notice
 

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United Hospitals Head Rowing Race

United Hospitals Head Rowing Race
Date: Sunday, 6th March 2016
Info: The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, in the navigational channel in the direction of the tide.
The river will remain open at all times.
Competitors will follow U24 of 2009 at all times with the following exceptions:

As and when it is safe to do so competitors may overtake in the restricted zones.

As and when it is safe to do so competitors may follow the racing line

 

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OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRE - BOAT RACE

Multiple races

Date: Saturday 12th March 2016
Time: 14:15
Club: Goldie
Fixture tbc
Time:14:30 to be confirmed
Club: CUBC
Fixture: German crew (press fixture)
Time: 15:10 to be confirmed
Club: Isis
Fixture: TSS
Time: 15:30 to be confirmed
Club: OUBC
Fixture: Leander (press fixture)

Each race or training session will consist of one or two eights racing with the flood tide; starting from the University Stone at Putney and finishing at the Boat Race finish post at Chiswick.
These races will be followed by a number of coaching launches and small passenger craft.
Vessels navigating in the area during these times should take note of the following:

- The eights will be following the racing line, as distinct from the starboard hand side of the navigation channel;

- Rowing vessels and coaching launches not involved in the races are to avoid obstructing the races and the vessels following the races;

- Motor vessels in the area should keep clear and navigate with caution, paying special attention to their wash.
However; where risk of collision exists, the International Collision Regulations as modified by the Port of London Thames Byelaws 2012 continue to apply to all vessels
 

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OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRE - BOAT RACE

Date: Sunday 13th Mar 2016
Time: 14:45
Club: OUWBC
Fixture: Newcastle

Each race or training session will consist of one or two eights racing with the flood tide; starting from the University Stone at Putney and finishing at the Boat Race finish post at Chiswick.
These races will be followed by a number of coaching launches and small passenger craft.
Vessels navigating in the area during these times should take note of the following:

- The eights will be following the racing line, as distinct from the starboard hand side of the navigation channel;

- Rowing vessels and coaching launches not involved in the races are to avoid obstructing the races and the vessels following the races;

- Motor vessels in the area should keep clear and navigate with caution, paying special attention to their wash.
However; where risk of collision exists, the International Collision Regulations as modified by the Port of London Thames Byelaws 2012 continue to apply to all vessels
 

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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES
Location: Woolwich Area
Date: Monday 14th March 2016
From 1020 to 1250 GMT

Note: The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 1st November 2015.
 

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Schools HORR Rowing Race

Schools HORR Rowing Race
Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
The head will be raced between Chiswick and Putney Bridges.

This event involves a river closure
 

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The Head of the River Rowing Race

The Head of the River Rowing Race
Date: Saturday 19th March 2016
Time: 12:30 to 16:00
Info: (rowed on the ebb tide Mortlake to Putney)
Instruction: No vessel may pass upstream of Fulham Railway Bridge or downstream of Kew Railway Bridge after 12:30 until the last competing crew has arrived at Putney and is inward bound, expected to be at approximately 16:00.
Racing eights will be marshalled on both sides of the river between Chiswick Steps and Kew Rail Bridge, from approximately 12:30.
The race will start at 13:30 from Chiswick Bridge.

This is a full river closure Notice
 

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Vesta Veterans’ Head Rowing Race

Vesta Veterans’ Head Rowing Race
Date: Sunday 20th March 2016
Time: 12:45 to 16:15
Info: (rowed on the ebb tide Mortlake to Putney)
Instruction: No vessel may pass upstream of Fulham Railway Bridge or downstream of Kew Railway Bridge after 12:45 until the last competing crew has arrived at Putney and is inward bound, expected to be at approximately 16:15.
Racing eights will be marshalled on both sides of the river between Barn Elms Boat Club and Hammersmith Bridge, from approximately 13:25.
The race will start at 13:45 from Chiswick Bridge.

This is a full river closure Notice
 

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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY THAMES BARRIER CLOSURES
Location: Woolwich Area
Date: Monday 11th April 2016
From 1030 to 1300 BST

Note: The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 1st November 2015.
 

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Membership Renewal

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
CPCC uses Webcollect to collect membership subscriptions. All current members should have received their login details.
Click here to access the login page: Webcollect.
If you have not received or have forgotten your login details please contact Sarah at sarahhodgson@onetel.com or click Sarah Hodgson.
Click on the following links for help to renew or begin your membership or if you have forgotten your password:
Existing members
New members
Forgot Password

 

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FORMS

Membership Form
Course Events and Trips Form

 

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Kaying and Canoeing on the Thames a PLA guide

Click on this link to display the guide
Kayak and Canoe guide on the tidal Thames - Updated 3rd edition.
 

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Boat/Kit Hire

BOAT/KIT HIRE
Subject to availability, CPCC Members are able to hire boats for £10 per week or part of week and additional equipment such as buoyancy aids/paddles/helmets (again subject to availability) for a single cost of £5 per week or part of week (regardless of the number of equipment items hired).
For clarification, if the hire period covers all or part of more than one Sunday session then that will be classed as more than one week.
Please contact the equipment officer, Dean White, by email in the first instance.
Please note that payment should be made by bank transfer, (please reference payment as "Boat No. XX Hire" or "KIT & Boat No XX Hire" ) and that it is the hirer’s responsibility to arrange pick-up and return.

 

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The club has been helped and supported by Chiswick Pier Trust, Sport England, the BCU, Active Ealing, Hounslow CIP and the London Marathon Trust. We work with Kayakojacko - a local company committed to coaching excellence in many types of canoeing and this has helped us to expand our programme.

New members of any age (8 +) or ability are always welcome. Assistance is provided to take people as far as they want to go in different parts of the sport. We are committed to developing all aspects of canoeing and helping people to make more use of the Thames. Look under Cool Stuff to find photos of recent club activities and more.

River sessions run from Chiswick Pier on Sunday mornings. These usually involve a trip towards either to Fulham or Kew - depending on the tide. All abilities are welcome. More details including what to bring, what time we meet and other useful info can be found under the ‘Sessions’ link at the top of this page.

You could also join us on a Thursday Evening pool session 21:00 - 22:15 every week at Gurnell Leisure Centre, where you can meet some of our coaches and members and try a boat. We teach rescues, rolling and basic skills at the pool.

You may also like to join a beginners or an improvers course. See club programme for dates of the next courses.


Key Links and Downloads
Membership Form
Course, Events and Trips Form
FAQs.

If you still can't find what you are looking for, email us.


Additional information
If you are new to the canoeing scene, additional information can be found on our Questions and Answers pages. You can also check out our Cool Stuff pages for additional information, articles, ideas and exchanges. Go to the Personalities page to find out about people on the scene in and around the club.
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Above left is the link for Active Ealing. It is the department in Ealing Council which encourages and provides opportunities for sport and physical activities. They run one of London's best sport development programmes - 9 sports centres and an athletics track. They help clubs like ours to get started and develop. You can find out more about Active Ealing from their website. The link above right is for Awards For All. They provided us with some grant money to help our club grow to what it is now. The London Trust (centre) gave us a £7,000 grant to buy boats and to fit a pontoon to the pier, which enables us to launch safely in any tidal conditions. Hounslow council also helped our club to get started in 1998 by giving us some kayaks.

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Chiswick Pier Canoe Club

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London W4 2UG