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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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The Annual Universities Boat Race Preparations

Event: The Annual Universities Boat Race Preparations
Information: The annual universities boat race will take place on 11th April 2015. In order to prepare for this event several activities will be taking place between Putney and Chiswick from Monday 06th April until Friday 10th April, including river closures on the 09th April and 11th April 2015.
Several races and outings will take place throughout the week starting from the University Stone at Putney and finishing at the Boat Race finish post at Chiswick. These outings will take place each day and will be followed by a number of coaching launches and small passenger craft.
Date: Thursday 9th April 2015
The river will be closed to traffic as follows: 1500 until 1815 between Fulham Railway Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge

Date: Friday 10th April 2015
On Friday 10th April various activities will be taking place in preparation for the event as outlined:
1. 0900 - BBC Rehearsal until approximately 1630
2. 1200 - The Veterans race with accompanying craft
3. 1605 - Osiris Blondie Race
4. 1800 - RNLI alternative Boat Race
There is No River Closure Notice for this date (Friday).
 

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Annual Universities Boat Race

Event: Annual Universities Boat Race
Date: Saturday 11 April 2015
River Closure Notice starts at 14:50 finishes 18:20
The Pier Trust will open its doors for viewing the race from its location at Chiswick Pier
This is a Full River closure notice, watch the spectacle from the bank
 

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BCU UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlespo

Course:BCU UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport (4 Day Course)
Date: 13,14,15&16 April 2015, 09:00 – 17:30
Cost: £249-00
Location: Engage Watersports, Taplow Lake
Description :As a qualified BCU (UKCC) Level 1 Coach you will be able to work in a coaching capacity and lead groups in either kayak or canoe in a sheltered water environment.
The Level 1 Training course is open to boat based and bank based coaches alike, and in any canoe and kayak discipline of paddlesport, recreational or competitive. The course will cover all aspects of running coaching sessions for paddlers, focusing particularly on best coaching principles, session organisation, health and safety, equipment and safety and rescue.
All the sessions will be run in a practical format allowing plenty of time to put into practice the above principles in a context that is relevant to you.
To book a place on this course contact Engagewatersports directly.

 

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Level 2 REC (Rescue & Emergency Care) First Aid

Level 2 REC (Rescue & Emergency Care) First Aid Training at Henley Fort

This level 2 course is a practical two day course designed for people who work or lead groups in the outdoors.

The cost for this course is £140

Date: 15/04/2015 - 16/04/2015

12 places available
Henley Fort Outdoor Education Centre, The Hogs Back (off The Mount), Guildford, Surrey.
GU2 4RH
 

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London Kayakathon

Event: London Kayakathon
Date: Sunday 19th April 2015
Start 13:00
Finish: 16:00
Description: The London Kayakathon travelling from Shadwell Boating Basin to Chiswick Bridge and returning to Shadwell.
There are No closure notices for this event.  

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BCU UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlespo

Course:BCU UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport (Weekend 2 of 2)
Date: Sat & Sun - 18 & 19 April 2015, 09:00 – 17:30
Cost: £249-00
Location: Engage Watersports, Taplow Lake
Description :As a qualified BCU (UKCC) Level 1 Coach you will be able to work in a coaching capacity and lead groups in either kayak or canoe in a sheltered water environment.
The Level 1 Training course is open to boat based and bank based coaches alike, and in any canoe and kayak discipline of paddlesport, recreational or competitive. The course will cover all aspects of running coaching sessions for paddlers, focusing particularly on best coaching principles, session organisation, health and safety, equipment and safety and rescue.
All the sessions will be run in a practical format allowing plenty of time to put into practice the above principles in a context that is relevant to you.
To book a place on this course contact Engagewatersports directly.

 

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Hammersmith Amateur Regatta -Rowing Event

Hammersmith Amateur Regatta Rowing Event
Date: Saturday 25th April 2015
Description: The regatta is being held with racing crews rowing downstream from Chiswick Steps to just up river from Hammersmith Bridge from 08:00 to 14:00.
After 15:00 the course changes direction with the incoming tide from the Mile Post to just upstream of Hammersmith Bridge till 19:00 LW at Hammersmith Bridge 14:30

There is No river closure notice for this event.  

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UKCC Level 1 Coach Course and Asssessment

UKCC Level 1 Coach Course and Asssessment (4 days over 2 weekends 21st/22nd March & 25th/26th April 2015)

This Course is the entry point into the BCU coaching scheme and includes both training and assessment. It covers the coaching of both open canoeing and kayaking. Please carefully check the pre-requisites.
The Cost of this Course:- £279
10 places available
Thames Young Mariners,
Riverside Drive,
Ham.
Richmond
TW10 7RX
0208 940 6338
Please set satnavs to Riverside Drive
 

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BCU 3 Star Touring Assessment

Course:BCU 3 Star Touring Assessment
Date: 26 April 2015, 09:30 – 17:30
Cost: £89.00
Location: Engage Watersports, Taplow Lake
Description: Successful performance at this level indicates that a canoeist or kayaker can consider themselves as an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner having demonstrated competence as a member of a group paddling in a variety of venues.
The BCU Touring Awards are certificated as either Touring (Canoe) or Touring (Kayak) enabling paddlers to take the award in the craft of their choice.
To book a place on this course contact Engagewatersports directly.

 

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BCU 3 Star Touring Training

Course:BCU 3 Star Touring Training
Date: 25 & 26 April 2015, 09:30 – 17:30
Cost: £149.00
Location: Engage Watersports, Taplow Lake
Description: Successful performance at this level indicates that a canoeist or kayaker can consider themselves as an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner having demonstrated competence as a member of a group paddling in a variety of venues.
The BCU Touring Awards are certificated as either Touring (Canoe) or Touring (Kayak) enabling paddlers to take the award in the craft of their choice.
To book a place on this course contact Engagewatersports directly.

 

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Chiswick Amateur Regatta Rowing Event

Event: Chiswick Amateur Regatta Rowing Event
Date: Saturday 2nd May 2015
Time: 08:45 18:30
Area Affected: UL Boat House to Upstream of Chiswick Bridge

No River Closure Notice for this event
 

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Borne at Chiswick Bridge Rowing Event

Event: Borne at Chiswick Bridge
Date: Sunday 9th May 2015
Time: 08:30 - 19:00
The regatta is being held with racing crews rowing with the tide between the University of London Boathouse and Mortlake Anglian & Alpha Rowing Club. The rules related to the restricted zone underneath Chiswick Bridge are suspended for crews involved in racing only, and only when it is safe to do so.
There is No River Closure Notice for this event
Take special care around Chiswick Bridge whilst this event is in progress.
 

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Tudor Pull a Traditional Rowing Event

Tudor Pull a Traditional Rowing Event
Date: Sunday 16th May 2015
Time: 11:30 - 16:30
Information: The Tudor Pull is a ceremonial event for Thames Watermen's Cutters which is organised each year by the Thames Traditional Rowing Association (TTRA).The cutters escort the Thames Royal Shallop 'Jubilant' rowed by members of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London to deliver a 'Stela' to the Governor of the Tower for safekeeping.
No River Closure currently shown for this event.
Route is Hampton Court Palace to HM Tower of London
Dressr Code: (Full regalia ~ Canopies, 4 oars with coxswain & passenger)
 

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Putney Town Regatta Sailing Regatta

Putney Town Regatta Sailing Regatta
Date: Saturday 16th May 2015
Time: 9:45 - 18:30
This regatta is being held with racing crews rowing with the tide between the Mile Post and Ranelagh Sailing Club on the Putney Embankment.
A moored boat will be anchored outside of the fairway to mark the start line for the duration of the race.
There is No river Closure Notice regarding this event.
Simply be aware and take discretionary action when planning your trip
 

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BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

Date: 17/05/2015 - 17/05/2015
This award is a pre-requisite for the BCU Level 1 Coach Course. Candidates must be 14yrs old or more, and of 2 Star standard.
You will learn a variety of flat water rescue techniques which can be applied to a varity of craft. 20% of the course requires you to be immersed in the water, so please bring suitable clothing.
The cost for this course is £77.00
6 places available
Thames Young Mariners, Riverside Drive, Ham, Richmond
TW10 7RX
Tel 0208 940 6338
If using a SatNav enter Riverside Drive as well as the post
 

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United Hospitals Bumps Rowing Race

Event: United Hospitals Bumps Rowing Race
Date: Friday 29th May 2015
Time: 15:00 - 21:00
The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, with the tide in the navigational channel. The river will remain open at all times during the event. Competitors will break from the rowing code in the following manner:
The rowing crossing point at Syon will be moved to a temporary position off Brentford Lock
 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
There is No River Closure for this event
Race Finishes at Chiswick Bridge. Be aware
 

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United Hospitals Bumps Rowing Race

Event: United Hospitals Bumps Rowing Race
Date: Saturday 30th May 2015
Time: 15:00 - 21:00
The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, with the tide in the navigational channel. The river will remain open at all times during the event. Competitors will break from the rowing code in the following manner:
The rowing crossing point at Syon will be moved to a temporary position off Brentford Lock
 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
There is No River Closure for this event
Race Finishes at Chiswick Bridge. Be aware
 

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United Hospitals Bumps Rowing Race

Event: United Hospitals Bumps Rowing Race
Date: Sunday 31st May 2015
Time: 16:00 - 21:00
The races will be held between the Syon Pavilion and Chiswick Bridge, with the tide in the navigational channel. The river will remain open at all times during the event. Competitors will break from the rowing code in the following manner:
The rowing crossing point at Syon will be moved to a temporary position off Brentford Lock
 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
There is No River Closure for this event
Race Finishes at Chiswick Bridge. Be aware
 

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Barnes and Mortlake Regatta Rowing Race

Event: Barnes and Mortlake Regatta Rowing Race
Date: Saturday 13th June 2015
Time: 08:00 - 19:30
The regatta is being held with racing crews rowing with the tide between Bason and Arnold’s pier and Mortlake Anglian & Alpha Rowing Club.
The rules related to the restricted zone underneath Chiswick Bridge are suspended for crews involved in racing only, and only when it is safe to do so.

There is No River Closure Notice for this event. Keep a good Lookout for racing rowers.
 

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding Marathon

Stand-Up Paddleboarding Marathon
Date: Saturday 20th June 2015
Approximately 60 paddle boarders will be paddling from Teddington Lock to Putney. The paddlers will depart from Teddington Lock in three distinguishable groups from approximately 16:00 and should arrive at Putney by approximately 19:00.
There is No River Closure Notice for this event
 

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Level 2 REC (Rescue & Emergency Care) First Aid

Level 2 REC (Rescue & Emergency Care) First Aid Training at Henley Fort

This level 2 course is a practical two day course designed for people who work or lead groups in the outdoors.

Date: 04/07/2015 - 05/07/2015
12 places available.

The cost for this course is £140

Henley Fort Outdoor Education Centre, The Hogs Back (off The Mount), Guildford, Surrey.
GU2 4RH
 

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The Great River Swim

The Great River Swim
Date: Saturday 11th July 2015
This swimming event will be held from Chiswick Pier around Chiswick Eyot and back.
Competitors are marshalled from kayaks and there will be safety boats in attendance.

There is no official River Closure Notice for this event
 

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Party On the Pier

Event: Party On the Pier
Date: 19 July 2015
We support Chiswick Pier Trust during their party on the pier day, by providing an opportunity to paddle out onto the water.
This is a session for all ages and level of experience.
This session is only successful with your support. So make a note in your diary and commit some time.
 

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding Marathon

Event: Isiqalo Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Mass Paddle and Marathon
Date: Sunday 26th July 2015
Description: Approximately 80 paddle boarders will be paddling from Hammersmith to Battersea and back.
The paddlers will depart from Hammersmith at approximately 14:00 and will complete their paddle at approximately 17:00.

The Marathon will take place from Shepperton to Hammersmith, involving 20-30 paddlers arriving before low water.
Vessels navigating through this area, who are not involved in these events, are asked to navigate with caution with due regard to their wash.

There is No River Closure Notice for this event.
Be aware of other users on the water
 

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The Great River Race

The Great River Race
Date: Saturday 12th September 2015
Location: Greenwich to Twickenham
Time: 10:45 - 16:00
This event involves controlled navigation and a River Closure; please see separate Upper & Middle Notice to Mariners for this event.
More details will be added as soon as they are made available
 

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Full Thames Barrier Closeur Notice

Full Thames Barrier Closeur Notice
Date Sunday 27 Sept 2015
Time 06:30 - 16:30
 

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BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This award is a pre-requisite for the BCU Level 1 Coach Course. Candidates must be 14yrs old or more, and of 2 Star standard.
You will learn a variety of flat water rescue techniques which can be applied to a varity of craft. 20% of the course requires you to be immersed in the water, so please bring suitable clothing.

Date: 11/10/2015 - 11/10/2015

The cost for this course is £77.00
Thames Young Mariners, Riverside Drive, Ham, Richmond
TW10 7RX
Tel 0208 940 6338
If using a SatNav enter Riverside Drive as well as the post code
 

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Level 2 REC (Rescue & Emergency Care) First Aid Tr

Level 2 REC (Rescue & Emergency Care) First Aid Training at High Ashurst OEC

This level 2 course is a practical two day course designed for people who work or lead groups in the outdoors.

Cost £140

Date: 05/11/2015 - 06/11/2015
12 places available

High Ashurst OEC, Headley Lane, Mickleham. Dorking Surrey
RH5 6DG
01372 378901
 

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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 Carlos at carlos_lopes@hotmail.co.uk or click Carlos Lopes.
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

Taster Session 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.
 

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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
Taster Session 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

The Pier House
Corney Reach Way
London W4 2UG