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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 Great River Race

The Great River Race
Date: Saturday 12th September 2015
Location: Greenwich to Twickenham
Info: The Great River Race will take place on 12 September 2015 from 1045 at Masthouse Terrace Pier until approximately 1615 at Ham.
Throughout the day there will be Local Traffic Control, Pier closures and River closures in place. Race Start area – Chalkstones Moorings to Masthouse Terrace Pier Competitors will be taking to the water from an assembled pontoon at Millwall Dock from 0945 until the race start at 1045.
A large number of vessels will congregate at the start area (extending from Masthouse Terrace Pier to Chalkstones moorings). Local Traffic Control will be in force at the start area from 0945 until 1200 by an attending Harbour Service Launch
All vessels navigating between Masthouse Terrace Pier and Chalkstones moorings at this time are requested to pay particular attention to this event and follow instructions from the attending Harbour Service Launch displaying flashing blue lights , call sign Thames Patrol,on VHF Channel 14.
In order to facilitate a safe start Canary Wharf Pier will be closed to navigation from 1050 until approximately 1200.
Central London Competitors accompanied by attending Harbour Service Launches will reach Tower Bridge from 1110 until approximately 1235.
Competitors have been instructed to remain on the Starboard side of the channel, follow all instructions from safety boats and Harbour Service Launches, and to not overtake in bridge arches.
In order to improve competitor safety piers on the north side of the river will be closed to navigation for approximately 1 hour from the times indicated: 1. St Katherine’s Pier 1110
2. Tower Pier 1115
3. Blackfriars Pier 1125
4. Temple Pier 1135
5. Embankment Pier 1130
6. Westminster Pier 1135

Masters of vessels operating between Westminster Bridge and Greenwich not involved in the event are to navigate with due care and attention and are to follow all instructions from Harbour Service Launches on VHF Channel 14
River Closure Notice Location: Eel Pie Island to Glover Island
Due to the large number of competitor vessels finishing at Ham Landings the river will be closed to navigation from the lower end of Eel Pie Island to Glover Island from
1340 until 1630.
This closure will be marked by two Harbour Service Launches with flashing blue lights.
Only vessels officially approved by the Great River Race will be permitted into the closure area.
 

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Tidefest 2015

Tidefest 2015
Date: 20th September 2015
Info: Tidefest involves a range of river and shore based activities available for the public, to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners.
Activities involve stand up paddle boarding, kayak sessions, sailing competitions, angling competitions, historic boat trips and visits to Isleworth, Lots and Olivers Aits.
 

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Full Thames Barrier Closeur Notice

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

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Head of the River Rowing Race

Pairs Head of the River Race
Date: Saturday 10th October 2015
Time: 14:30 to 18:00
Note: (rowed on the ebb tide Mortlake to Hammersmith)
Instruction: No vessel may pass upstream of Barn Elms Boathouse or downstream of Kew Railway Bridge after 14:30 until the last competing crew has arrived at Hammersmith Bridge and is returning inward bound, expected to be at approximately 18:00.
Racing pairs will be marshalled on both sides of the river between the Bandstand and Kew Railway Bridge from approximately 14:30. The race will start at 15:30 from Chiswick Bridge.

This is a full river closure Notice
 

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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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Fours Head of the River Rowing Race

Fours Head of the River Rowing Race
Date: Saturday 7th November 2015
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 fours 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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Veterans’ Fours Head of the River Race

Veterans’ Fours Head of the River Rowing Race
Date: Sunday 8th November 2015
Time: 12:45 to 15:45
Info:(rowed on the ebb tide Mortlake to Putney)
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 15:45.
Racing fours will be marshalled on both sides of the river between Putney Bridge and Barn Elms Boat Club, from approximately 12:45.
The race will start at 13:45 from Chiswick Bridge.

This is a full river closure Notice. 

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University of London Allom Cup Rowing Race

University of London Allom Cup
Date: Sunday 22nd November 2015
Info: This regatta will run between the upstream end of the University of London Boathouse and Mortlake Anglian and Alpha rowing club, and will be rowed within the navigation channel with the stream where safely possible.
 

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United Hospitals Novice Regatta Rowing Race

United Hospitals Novice Regatta
Date: Saturday 28th November 2015
The regatta will run between the upstream end of the University of London Boathouse and Mortlake Anglian and Alpha rowing club, and will be rowed within the navigation channel with the stream where safely possible.
 

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RICHMOND LOCK AND WEIR DRAW-OFF 2015

RICHMOND LOCK AND WEIR DRAW-OFF 2015
Dates: Weirs open 8th November – 29th November 2015
In order to carry out essential maintenance works on Richmond lock, weirs and sluices and to carry out a riverbed inspection, it will be necessary to lift the weirs at Richmond for a period of 3 weeks.
This will allow the river between Richmond Lock and Teddington Lock to drain down at low water on each tide.
The Draw-Off period will commence at approximately 14:35 on Sunday 8th November and will complete at approximately 19:00 on Sunday 29th November 2015.
 

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Vesta Scullers Head of the River Rowing Race

Vesta Scullers Head of the River Race
Date: Saturday 5th December 2015
Time: 10:00 to 13:30
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 10:00 until the last competing crew has arrived at Putney and is inward bound, expected to be at approximately 13:30.
Racing sculls will be marshalled on the Surrey sides of the river between Chiswick Steps and Chiswick Bridge from approximately 10:00.
The race will start at 11:00 from Chiswick Bridge.

This is a full river closure Notice 

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Rowing Trial 8’s Men and Women

Trial 8’s Men and Women
Date: Thursday & Friday, 10th and 11th December 2015
The Trial 8’s will be raced between Putney and Chiswick Bridges.

Further details of this event will be issued in a separate notice nearer the date. 

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Remenham Challenge - Rowing Race

Remenham Challenge Rowing Race
Date: Saturday, 19th December 2015
Info : The head will be raced from Chiswick Pier to London Rowing club, with crews marshalling downstream of Barnes Bridge on the Surrey Bank. It will be rowed in the navigation channel with the stream, and the river will remain fully open at all times.
Rowing crews competing in the head will navigate in accordance with the rowing code of practice, with the following exceptions

Crews will follow the racing line where its is safe to do so.

In order to marshal for the race crews will not cross onto the Middlesex shore at the Chiswick Pier crossing point and will continue upstream on the Surrey shore to their allotted positions
 

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Quintin Eights Head of the River Rowing Race

Quintin Eights Head of the River Race
Date: Saturday 23rd January 2016
Time: 10:00 to 13:30
Info: (rowed on the flood tide Hammersmith to Chiswick)
Instruction: No vessel may pass upstream of the Barn Elms Boat Club or downstream of Kew Railway Bridge after 10:00 until the last competing crew has arrived at Chiswick and is outward bound, expected to be approximately 13:30.
Racing eights will be marshalled on both sides of the river between Barn Elms Boat Club and Hammersmith Bridge, from approximately 10:00.
The race will start at 11:00, 400m downriver of Hammersmith Bridge.

This is a full river Closure Notice
 

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United Hospital Winter Regatta Rowing Race

United Hospital Winter Regatta Rowing Race
Date: Sunday, 24 th January 2016
Info: The regatta will run between the upstream end of the University of London Boathouse and Mortlake Anglian and Alpha rowing club, and will be rowed within the navigation channel with the stream where safely possible
 

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Dewar Shield Rowing Race

Dewar Shield Rowing Race
Date: 7th February 2016
Info: This head will be raced from Chiswick Bridge to Hammersmith Bridge, with crews racing on the Starboard side of the channel. There will be a number of safety vessels in attendance to support this event.
 

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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
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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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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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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.
 

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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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