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Welcome to Maldon Canoe Club

We are a friendly, volunteer led canoeing and kayaking club that caters for everyone of all ages and abilities.
Friendly pool sessions

Learn in a warm safe environment under qualified BC coaches.

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Something for everyone

Discover sea kayaking, white water, canoe polo and canoe/kayak touring.

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The Canoe & Kayak Blog

Read about our previous trips, club members tips and insights.

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Browse our trips and events

Browse through our events calendar to see what we have going on.

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Our history

Maldon Canoe Club (formally known as Maldon and Dengie Canoe Club) has been getting local adults and children on the water since 1980’s.

Initially the club started in the 80s and had strong ties with Essex Scouts and hosted the County Scout Canoe relay race from Chelmsford to Maldon, which was at one point the second largest kayak race in the country. The club folded in the late 90s along with the county canoe race.

In 2008 it was recognised that there was a need for a club in the Maldon and Dengie area following a conversation between local canoe coaches (Clive Marfleet & Chris Davies). Chris was aware of grants available for youth opportunities and with the aid of some of the teenagers at Burnham School, they gained a grant from Burnham council to start the club.

In 2020, due to the expansion of Maldon as a town and district, we felt that the club would benefit from a rebrand to Maldon Canoe Club. Our aims and core values still remain the same: Give local people the opportunity to experience the joys and thrills of Canoeing and kayaking, regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity.

Club overview

We are an extremely active canoe and kayaking club affiliated with the governing body British Canoeing, we are based in the Maldon district of Essex with pool sessions, river sessions and trips running throughout the year. The club meet regularly on Wednesday evenings in the summer months and also at our regular pool sessions that take place the last Saturday of each month at South Woodham Ferrers swimming pool. (see Trips & Events for specific details)

New members 

We always welcome new starters to the club, even if you come down on your own it’s unlikely that you will be the only new starter that session. You will be introduced to a British Canoeing qualified coach who will help you learn the basics in a structured coaching session, you won’t just be left to work it out for yourself! Pool sessions can be followed by a trip to the pub which is a great opportunity to get to know people better and understand a little more about the club.

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Not got a boat or equipment? No worries, boats can be hired from the club.

(Please note: Club hire boats need to be booked 24hrs before a pool session or club paddle, so that we can reserve and transport one down to the location – Click on the button below to hire a club boat)

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Maldon Canoe Club paddle trips

In the summer months, the club meets up every Wednesday at pre-arranged locations (Check the Events calendar on this site or ‘Events’ on our Facebook group for Wednesday evening paddles), These paddles are suitable for all abilities and the club welcomes anyone who would like to pop along to give paddling a go. We also organise club trips throughout the year in a variety of locations around the UK. Our trips offer something for everyone regardless of age or ability. Previous trips have taken us all around the UK from gentle touring paddles that are suitable for everyone to more extreme paddles in challenging seas and white water rivers.

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Maldon Canoe Club is not a business or run for profit.

Maldon CC is a Club, made up of a group of like-minded individuals who enjoy paddling and want to share their passion and go paddling with others. The Membership fees pay for the club equipment and British Canoeing affiliation. The pool fees pay for the swimming pool hire.

All committee members are club members that volunteer their own free time to help with the smooth running of the club. They are all unpaid.

All coaches are club members that volunteer their own free time at club pool sessions, club trips and club training sessions. They are all unpaid. The club sometimes pays the fees for relevant training courses like welfare, safeguarding and child protection.

For all members and coaches, paddling is their hobby. They pay for their own additional British Canoeing training, safety courses and coaching updates for their own personal paddling improvement and donate this knowledge and their time to help other members.

Our areas of interest

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Sea Kayaking

Given the close proximity to the sea and local estuaries of East Anglia, the club naturally has a strong focus on sea kayaking. Why not join us!

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White Water

The club has always had a keen interest in white water, and with Lee Valley White Water Center on our doorstep there’s no excuse to not give it a go!

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Touring offers something for everyone, regardless of age or ability. We are lucky to have some great local rivers, canals and estuaries ready for you to paddle.

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Canoe Polo

Canoe Polo is a fast and dynamic team sport where players compete to score goals. Polo combines paddling and ball handling skills with an exciting contact team game.

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Read our latest blogs

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Club Paddle on the Cambridge Backs

Club Paddle on the Cambridge Backs We started out early and met up for 9 at Byrons Pool, knowing it was a small car park and some of us had to remove our boats and racks from the roofs to…
Sea Kayaking

Crouch Paddle April ’24

As the weekend approached all eyes were on the weather forecast, was the wind ever doing to drop? we certainly hoped so.  We knew the section of the Crouch from Woodham to Battlesbridge was fairly sheltered so weren't too concerned…
Club NewsTouring Canoe-Kayaking

2024 Wednesday night paddles commence

Wednesday 17th April saw 14 paddlers meet at Tesco for the first of our regular Wednesday night paddles of 2024.  Of the 14 paddlers we had 5 coaches on the water, 4 new paddlers experiencing their first time paddling away…
EventsTouring Canoe-Kayaking

Chelmer starts off 2024

The River Chelmer was the venue for the first club paddle of the year.   So far the weather has not been on our side, either too much rain or too much wind, but today eight of us ventured out onto…

Just a glimpse of what we get up to

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“Maldon Canoe Club is a great club that has made me and my family feel very welcome. My children love having fun at the pool sessions, and there is always help and support on hand from knowledgeable coaches.”

MCC member

“I started out in my late 20's and enjoyed just throwing the ball around while trying to stay in my boat. Now 30 years later I am still playing this sport which keeps me fit and a having a great social time as well.”

MCC Canoe Polo member

I started out kayaking on the sea, but was invited along to try white water with one of the clubs level 3 coaches at Lee Valley. I was hooked from the first session, even though I spent more time out of the boat than in it.

MCC member

Great day out waves got big every time I looked.The coach was right their inspiring confidence great leadership I was able to push myself knowing I was looked after.

MCC member

I was a total novice when I first joined, but through the help of the club I have now have some British canoeing awards under my belt and feel lots more confident in the water. Thanks for all the coaching and leadership.

MCC member

Our club policies

Our Club constitution
Club Health & Safety Policy
BC Equality Policy
Our risk assessments
Standard Operating procedures
MCC Statement of Risk
Child protection policy
Code of conduct
Accident report form