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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! 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.

In all forms of kayaking you use a double bladed paddle and will be in a seated position with your legs in front of you.

Canoes and kayaks vary greatly in design, shape and size dependant on the type of canoeing, the type of water and the size of craft suitable for you. But if you are new to the sport don't worry about this level of detail, the best thing to do is go along to a local club or centre, or try one of our starter sessions and you'll learn about the various styles of canoes and kayak out on your session.

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

295 (Witham & Rivenhall) AIr Training Corps

We established a Run England affiliated club within our air cadet squadron to encourage our cadets to take up running as a hobby or competitive sport. We undertake regular training and participate in our local Park Run on a Saturday morning as well as com

Sheppey Sea Cadets

The aim of the Sea Cadet Corps is to inspire young people to the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and challenge. The ethos and traditions of the Royal Navy are at the heart of the Sea Cadets and we follow the same corps values.

Friday Evening Paddle (Hoe Mill)

Friday Evening Paddle (Hoe Mill)

Local gentle River/Sea Paddle on 'flat' water starting at 7pm duration about 2 hours, probably followed by (optional) visit to the local hostelry.

Although we are a Canoe Club we mainly use Kayaks; All welcome

Evening Paddle (Boreham)

Evening Paddle (Boreham)

We will meet at the start point & prepare to be on the water at about 7 pm, paddle up or downstream depending on location probably to the next weir where some will play downstream to begin/practice white water skills. After a time we will paddle back to the starting point. Change & then retire to the local hostelry to discuss whatever.

Evening Paddle (Shoebury)

Evening Paddle (Shoebury)

We will meet at the start point & prepare to be on the water at about 7 pm, paddle up or down shore or maybe out to sea depending on conditions & ability of participants. After a time we will paddle back to the starting point. Change & then retire to the local hostelry to discuss whatever.

Evening Paddle (Maldon)

Evening Paddle (Maldon)

We will meet at the start point & prepare to be on the water at about 7 pm, paddle up or downstream depending on location probably to the next weir where some will play downstream to begin/practice white water skills. After a time we will paddle back to the starting point. Change & then retire to the local hostelry to discuss whatever.

We are happy to loan kit to beginners however please contact Paull by the preceding Wednesday so that we can bring spare boats/paddles etc.
Note Start/Endpoint will be on a public road we will be changing in cars.

Evening Paddle (Two Tree Island)

Evening Paddle (Two Tree Island)

We will meet at the start point & prepare to be on the water at about 7 pm, paddle up or down shore depending conditions(may even circumnavigate the island. After a time we will paddle back to the starting point. Change & then retire to the local hostelry to discuss whatever.

Russ Smith