Welcome (back)!!

Hello!

I hope that everyone had a great summer, welcome back! Here is the first (rather large) set of notices for this term:
1. Updates of some summer changes…
2. Welcome Drinks: Teddy Hall Bar @ 8.30pm Thursday
3. Come and Try It sessions on Sunday
4. BCU Student Safety Seminar (18/19th October)
5. ULU Paddlington Canoe Polo Tournament (18/19th October)
6. Marathon training: contact Thomas Leissing
7. Calling all minibus drivers…
8. Any questions?
 
 
1. Updates of some summer changes…
Some exciting things have happened over the summer. We now have a Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/ouckc) to share amusing kayaking related clips, keep up to date with events, and announce last minute unofficial pub and paddling trips.
 
Also, instead of waiting for my weekly email…all this term’s events (kayaking and socials) should now be up on the Google Calendar on the website. Check for dates/details of all the amazing Michaelmas events: Freshers’ Weekend Trip, Freshers’ Curry, Sunday sessions, Canoe Polo Training and much much more… 
 
 
2. Welcome Drinks: Teddy Hall Bar @ 8.30pm Thursday
Title says it all really. If you have stash, try and wear it so that new people can recognise us easily. Failing that, bring carrots.
 
 
3. Come and Try It sessions on Sunday
Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or you don’t know a paddle from a punt pole, come along to a session on Sunday to come and get to know the kayaking club a little better.
 
Who: Everyone is welcome! This is the perfect chance to give kayaking a go, or persuade friends to come along
What: A bunch of kayak based games
When: Sunday 11am, 1pm, 3pm (prompt)
Where: “The Shed”, Port Meadow. Directions can be found here. If you’re worried your navigational skills aren’t quite up to scratch, then meet outside the Eagle and Child half an hour before the sessions (i.e. 10.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm) and a friendly face will walk you over to the shed
What to bring: a complete change of clothes and a towel. Please note that you MUST wear a pair of old trainers or similar on the water (flip flops aren’t appropriate as they get sucked up by the bottomless mud on the riverbed).
 
To give us an idea of numbers for each session…please state which session(s) you’re coming to here: http://doodle.com/289mmbewgsn5rbcm .
 
If everyone that knows their way around the shed could help to give out BAs and helmets and make sure that kit gets put back in the right place then that would be a massive massive help to the leaders. The shed got a good cleaning/ tidying over the summer and it’d be fab to keep it looking lovely.
 
 
4. BCU Student Safety Seminar (18/19th October)
A really really useful weekend for anyone with any responsibility in the club (leader, committee, etc) or anyone who’d like to take on coaching or organisational roles in the future. This is a course organised by the British Canoe Union (BCU) specifically aimed for students in University clubs. Details of the actual course can be found here: http://www.pyb.co.uk/courses-bcu-student-safety-seminar.php. It is probably the best and cheapest way to get some qualifications (e.g. Foundation Safety and Rescue) and get to know a bunch of other friendly university kayakers.
 
Helen (Women’s Captain), our super womens’ captain, is organising this one so please email her to sign up ASAP. The cost of the weekend will be ~£65 which includes the course fee, accommodation, and transport. 
 
5. ULU Paddlington Canoe Polo Tournament (18/19th October)
There are still a couple of places on the canoe polo team for the ULU Paddlington tournament. If you are interested, please email Chris (Polo and Mens’ Captain).
 
 
6. Marathon training: contact Thomas Leissing
Thomas (Marathon Rep) is currently in the process of setting up a formal agreement with Falcon (one of the town canoe clubs) to arrange marathon training for OUCKC members. Sessions currently run at 7am on Friday mornings and cost £2. If you are a club member, interested in giving marathon a go, and are fairly competent in a boat (i.e. can comfortably go in a straight line without falling in) then email Thomas to sign up to this week’s session.
 
 
7. Calling all minibus drivers…
If you are a University approved minibus driver and are potentially keen to help out with driving on club trips then please email our Secretary Matt so that he can update the lists. Even if you did the minibus test for a different club but might be persuadable to drive for the kayakers, please let Matt know.
8. Any questions?
Please do check out the rest of the website and if you can’t find the details you want on there then feel free to drop me (or the other committee folk) an email.
That’s about all for now…see/meet you all soon!!
Anja
OUCKC President
Please note that email addresses are not included in this post to avoid the committee getting a load of spam. You can find the email addresses in the original email, or on the committee section of the website.