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Martlet Kayak Club is a friendly club based on Brighton Beach between Brighton Marina and the Pier. The Club provides facilities, equipment and training to promote paddle sports. We are a members club run by volunteers.

Many of our coaches are British Canoeing qualified and give their time free of charge.

Opening Times

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays (British Summer time). We meet at 5:30pm for 6pm start (on the water).
  • Sundays we open all year and meet at 10am.

Additionally the club also goes away on many trips to: Rivers in Wales, North England, Dartmoor and White Water Centres, Surfing in Cornwall and Sea Kayaking locally, in Cornwall and Wales.

Trial Sessions are available for newcomers or beginners.

Club Equipment

During the Coronavirus Pandemic lockdown we have had to change how club equipment is booked out and used:

Competent paid-up members may now access club equipment. Any paddling at present is not a club activity because this is explicitly prohibited and it is at your own risk.

We are setting up a booking system that allows 2 groups of two per slot, bookable in advance. Individual paddling cannot be advised.

This means two people paddling more than 2m apart but as a supportive team. Ideally a second pair within sight to mutually support one another in case of emergency.

Full details about booking equipment 

All Club Members can use the very wide range of equipment this includes:


  • Sea Kayaks, (Single and Double)
  • Canadian Canoes
  • Surf Kayaks
  • White Water Kayaks
  • Play Boats
  • Touring Kayaks
  • Sit-on-top Kayaks
  • Pool Boats


  • Paddles
  • Bouyancy Aids
  • Spray deck
  • Cagoules
  • Wet suits
  • Helmet
  • W/Suit boots

Specialist Equipment

  • Dry bags
  • Whistles
  • River knives
  • Throw line
  • Boat repair kit
  • Paddle Splits
  • Karabiners
  • First Aid kits
  • Buoyancy aid with a quick release chest harness


  • River Guides
  • Books
  • DVDs

Training may be required before a member can use / borrow some of this equipment.


Martlet Kayak Club has many Canoe England Paddle Coaches, Instructors and Trip Leaders who can  provide coaching based on the Long Term Paddler Development (LTPD).

Coaching Sessions

  • 5.00-5.30pm Tuesday Evenings (British Summer Time)
  • 5.00-5.30pm Thursday Evenings (British Summer Time)
  • Rolling Pool Sessions (Nov/Dec)
  • River Running (All year, in line with trips)

Club Commitee

Duncan Walker
John Wright
Andy Pumphrey
Ruth Middleton
Paula Pumphrey
Nikki Jane
Clive Edwards
Kirk Osborne
Chris Childs
Kevin Beck