Briefly in English
Paddling club Joensuun Kauhojat
Joensuun Kauhojat, a paddling club situated in Joensuu, in eastern Finland, is a member association in the Finnish canoeing and rowing federation. The members of Kauhojat are mainly interested in recreational, touring and whitewater kayaking. In 2011, the number of club members was 141.
The club's canoe shed is located at Hasanniemi, near where river Pielisjoki and lake Pyhäselkä meet (see the location on a Google map). Hasanniemi is an excellent site for the shed, since both the lake and the river are available for paddling. In addition, paddlers can train the basics of whitewater kayaking in the rapids of Ilosaari, only two kilometres away from Hasanniemi. There are two class I- rapids, which can be safely passed through canal locks if necessary.
Kauhojat has 24 kayaks, including composite single kayaks, a composite and a plastic double kayak as well as plastic basic, touring and whitewater single kayaks. The kayaks owned by Kauhojat are only for the use of members.
In summer, Kauhojat arranges basic kayaking courses and, for the members, several kayaking tours aimed mostly at lakes, rivers and rapids. The tours last from one or two days up to a week. On the Tuesday evenings of June, July and August, starting at 6 pm, the members can take a short kayaking trip from Hasanniemi. In winter there is a swimming pool session at Rantakylä once a week.
The members may use the club's kayaks for daytrips starting from Hasanniemi, borrow the kayaks for several days for their own tours and store their own kayak or canadian canoe in the shed.
The club's events are listed in the calendar (tapahtumakalenteri). On the club's tours, a driver who portages other paddlers and their kayaks, gets compensation depending on the current price of gasoline (a passenger car 10 l/100 km, a car with kayaks on a roofrack 12 l/100 km, a car with a trailer 15 l/100 km). Please, contact the financial manager (see page Yhteystiedot/Contact) for details, because the portage compensation form, matkakorvauslomake (pdf), is in finnish.
For safety, people without previous kayaking experience need to take part on a basic kayaking course before using the club's kayaks.
If you already have some experience in kayaking, a certificate of a paddling course arranged by another club does nicely. If you don't have a certificate and you intend to use the clubs' kayaks, please contact someone in the executive committee (see page Yhteystiedot/Contact) for evaluation.
If you paddle your own kayak or canadian canoe, you can join by contacting someone in the executive committee and by paying the necessary fees. If you need to store your boat in the shed, please ask first if there is room for it.
When you pay the membership fee, please email your contact information (address, phone etc.) to tiedotus (at) joensuunkauhojat.net for the membership register. It is advisable that you have an accident insurance.
A basic kayaking course, according to the recommendations of the Finnish Canoe Federation, lasts for ten hours. Kauhojat usually arranges three or four courses in the turn of May and June on weekdays (three evenings). The language spoken in the courses is Finnish.
|Junior (under 18 years at the beginning of current year)||JMJ10||10 €|
|Support member||KJM200||200 €|
|Junior (15-18 years)||TKJ35||35 €|
|Fee for using the kayaks|
|The whole year||KM31||31 €|
|After August 1st (for those, who loan the key at late summer)||KM15||15,50 €|
|The whole year||VP35||35 €|
|Winter only (no membership required)||VPT20||20 €|
|Deposit for a shed key||AP30||30 €|
|Reminder after the due date (for members who have a key)||HM5||5 €|
|Introduction (about 3 hours, per person)||TM25||25 €|
How to pay the fees
Receiver Joensuun Kauhojat ry
Account Osuuspankki 577036-40012796
IBAN FI93 5770 3640 0127 96
Message Name of the payer, codes of the fees, address if it has changed
You may contact the financial manager (see page Yhteystiedot/Contact) if you have something to ask about the fees.
Description of the fees
For the annual membership fee, you can take part on the tours and other events arranged by the club and use a club's kayak on these tours and events. A member, who pays the annual fee for using the kayaks (either KM31: the whole summer, or KM15: from August 1st onward), may also paddle by him- or herself and borrow a kayak and transport it elsewhere.
A member, who pays the fee for using the kayaks or has his or her own canoe in the shed (in return for the annual fee), may get the shed key in exchange for a deposit. The deposit will be paid back when the key is returned (if the key gets lost, the deposit will not be returned).
The members receive a payment form at the end of March (the due date of the fees is April 15th). If a member who possesses a shed key does not pay the fees by the due date, a reminder is charged.
Kauhojat can arrange a short introduction to kayaking for groups of maximum of 10 people without previous paddling experience. The introduction lasts for about three hours. Please, contact someone in the executive committee (see page Yhteystiedot/Contact) for the introduction.
Shed and kayaks
Both club's kayaks and members' own boats are stored in the canoe shed at Hasanniemi. In the shed there is a shedbook ("vajakirja"), where you mark the use of club's kayaks (daytrips from the shed), as well as a loaning booklet ("varausvihko"), where you mark the bookings and borrowings.
Kayaks and gear
Kauhojat has the following kayaks, as well as gear such as paddles, personal flotation aids, spraydecks (both nylon and neoprene), helmets, a pump, towlines, a throwline, transport equipment etc. All the other kayaks except the whitewater ones have their own nylon spraydeck, which is stored along with the kayak.
- A composite double sea kayak with hatches and rudder (Sea Lady)
- A plastic double touring kayak with hatches and rudder (Star Duo)
- Five composite sea kayaks with hatches and retractable skeg (Mari*3, Qajaq Sardinia, North Shore Atlantic LV)
- Three plastic touring kayaks with hatches and retractable skeg (North Shore Atlantic RM, Atlantic LV RM and Aspect RM)
- Two plastic touring kayaks with hatches and rudder (Prijon Seayak and Catalina)
- A plastic river touring kayak with hatches and rudder (Prijon Yukon)
- Four plastic basic kayaks (Rainbow Oasis), one with hatches and three without hatches
- A composite racing kayak
- Six plastic whitewater kayaks (LiquidLogic Lil'Joe and Remix 69, Jackson Allstar, Perception Dancer*2, Pyranha S:7)
Rules for using the kayaks
The club's kayaks are for the use of members, and a member may use one kayak at a time. Basic kayaking skills are required for using the kayaks. Person under 15 years of age may use the kayaks only with a parent, and a person of 15-17 years of age may use them on a parent's permission.
On the club's events, the kayaks are reserved for those taking part. For the events, check the calendar (tapahtumakalenteri) and the bulletin board of the shed. If necessary, please contact the person responsible for the event before taking a kayak from the shed.
Club's kayaks and gear are marked with the text "Kauhojat" or "Joensuun Kauhojat". In addition, the kayaks and their spraydecks are numbered. Unmarked gear and kayaks are owned by the members, and they should not be used without the owner's permission.
If you notice wear in the kayaks or gear, please write it down in the list on the bulletin board in the shed ("korjauslista"). You may also do the repairs by yourself.
After use, please dry and clean the kayak using the rags found in the shed, open the hatches and return the kayak and gear at their places. Hang up the spraydeck on the kayak's bow or tail.
Using in club's events (by the membership fee): A member can use the kayaks on all club's events, such as on the Tuesday evening trips, tours and swimming pool session, without extra charge. Please mark your name and the kayak's number in the shedbook ("vajakirja"). For tours, the contact person may book the kayaks beforehand.
Using on your own (by the membership fee and the annual fee for using the kayaks): When used for daytrips that start from Hasanniemi, please mark your trip in the shedbook ("vajakirja"). The double kayaks can be used with one using fee, but both of the paddlers must be members.
The kayaks can also be borrowed for the maximum of five days at a time (from Wednesday to Monday because of the Tuestday evening trip), booked beforehand and transported away from the shed by a car. Please mark the bookings and borrowings in the loaning booklet ("varausvihko").
The gear may be borrowed similarly. Always mark in the shedbook or loaning booklet the use or borrowing of gear other than the kayak's own spraydeck, a personal flotation aid and a paddle.
If you paddle by yourself using the club's kayaks, you probably need a key to the shed. The person responsible for the keys (see page Yhteystiedot/Contact) will loan you one in exchange for a deposit of 30 €. Prepare to show a document about paying the deposit and the necessary fees (membership fee and either the fee for using the kayaks or the canoe storage fee VP33).
When you return the key, the deposit is paid back. If you lose the key, please report it (in this case the deposit is not returned). The key is meant for your personal use only and it has to be returned, if you no longer pay the necessary fees yearly. Remember to keep your contact information up to date by emailing the changes to tiedotus (at) joensuunkauhojat.net!
Kauhojat keeps a register of the members and stores their contact information (address, phone, email). Please report your (changed) contact information to the person responsible for the membership register (see page Yhteystiedot/Contact).
Announcements (in Finnish)
The club announces about the activities at the bulletin board of the canoe shed, in a short newsletter (received twice a year by mail or e-mail) and in current e-mail messages. In addition, the bulletin board of this site contains the major announcements. If you want to receive the announcements by email, please send a message about it to tiedotus (at) joensuunkauhojat.net, and if you don't want to get the announcements anymore, report it similarly.
The recent newsletters can be downloaded in the page "Ohjeita" in a pdf form.