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Canoeing

British Canoeing

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

Get Involved

What is Canoeing?

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

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.

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.

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.

National Programmes

Go Canoeing

Website to help find starter sessions, guided tours, events and trails across the country.

U-Canoe unleashed

U Canoe Unleashed aims to provide a fun, informal participant led experience of canoeing.

U-Canoe wired

U Canoe Wired aims to provide the initial excitement of canoeing in virtually any setting.

Local Contacts

Phil Scowcroft

Canoeing Development Officer (Central & North)

British Canoeing

Volunteering Opportunities

Partners

  • Rutland County Council
    Sport England
    Blaby District Council
    Age UK L&R
    East Midlands Platform
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Leicester City Council
    Loughborough University
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Equality Standard
    Harborough District Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • QUEST
    Melton Borough Council
    County Sport Network
    Safeguarding

Partners

  • Harborough District Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Equality Standard
    Leicester City Council
  • Loughborough University
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Age UK L&R
  • East Midlands Platform
    Melton Borough Council
  • Safeguarding
    QUEST
  • County Sport Network
    Sport England
  • North West Leicestershire District Council