Canoeing

Minima Yacht Club introduced a canoeing section in 2009 as a complementary activity to sailing and to attract a wider diversity of members.   In contrast to sailing, canoeing is a purely recreational and no competitive activities are organized.

 BCU Level 1 training is provided free for all members.

 The Club owns a number of kayaks and canoes including four new Venture Flexes which were bought in 2016. Members are not allowed to take club-owned kayaks out on their own and must go out in a group of a minimum of three people (one of whom must have a BCU Two-star qualification).

 The normal padding area for informal outings is the non-tidal Thames from Molesey Lock to Teddington Lock. These mostly take place at the same time as the regular sailing competitions, but suitably qualified members also get together for informal outings at other times.

 Monthly ‘Canoe Adventures’ are organized outside the normal paddling area. In recent years, groups have paddled on the tidal Thames as far as Barnes and have loaded kayaks on the club trailer to travel to other parts of the Thames such as Shepperton, Chertsey, Marlow and the head of the navigable Thames at Lechlade. Members have also paddled the entire length of the River Wey (in three separate Adventures). A risk assessment is carried out for each Adventure and the group is always led by a member with BCU Two-star qualification.