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Canoeing

Canoeing involves using a paddle to move across the water in a narrow vessel.

An Overview of Canoeing

Canoeing offers "something for everyone!" Waterways are the arteries of our island nation!

Canoeing offers a wide range of activities, some based on competition and others, less formalised, based on journeying and adventuring. There are different types of canoeing including; Canoe Slalom, Freestyle Kayaking, Canoe Sailing, Polo, Sea Kayaking, Sprint Racing and more!

To promote and develop canoeing for disabled people, the British Canoe Union & Canoe England use the concept and term Paddle-Ability to address the issue of participation in canoe sport and canoe recreation. Paddle-Ability focuses on the individuals' ability in canoeing rather than disability.

Click here for local NGB contacts.

Benefits

  • Uses most of the muscles in the arms and legs
  • Increased in upper arm, forearm and chest circumference and grip strength.

Costs

Membership fees vary from club to club and a one day introduction to paddle sports can cost around £60

Involvement

If you haven't canoed before, a starter course is a good idea. There are clubs and watersports centres all over the United Kingdom, with some offering slalom teaching for mixed groups or for novices.

Equipment

Exact equipment will vary depending on the discipline but the basics include a canoe/kayak, paddle, helmet and life jacket.

Facts

  • The kayak is thought to have originated from Greenland as a tool for hunting, fishing and transportation, while the canoe was used all over the world as a method of transportation, trade and war.
  • Canoe Slalom began in Switzerland in 1932 and was first performed on flat water before later switching to white-water rapids.

Find Canoeing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

British Canoeing

Contact Name
British Canoeing
Contact Email
info@britishcanoeing.org.uk
Contact Telephone
0845 370 9500

Lea Green Learning and Development Centre

Lea Green Learning and Development Centre is one of the country’s leading outdoor education and adventurous activity centres. Offering a wide range of inclusive, accessible and challenging activities.

Mount Cook Adventure Centre

Mount Cook is a brand new not-for-profit Adventure Centre, based on the outskirts of the Peak District. We use the spectacular natural environment surrounding our Centre to provide access to a range of exciting outdoor adventure activities and outdoor lea

Midland Canoe Club

We are a friendly, recreational canoe club based in Derby, on the banks of the River Derwent.

We welcome paddlers of all ages and all abilities including total novices.

We have a full selection of boats and equipment for hire, and qualified coaches