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British Canoeing

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British Canoeing
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Paddling Session 1 (Thursdays)

Thursday 22nd March

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.


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


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


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.


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


  • 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.


National Go Canoeing Week

National Go Canoeing Week is a British Canoeing initiative designed by the Go Canoeing participation programme. The event aims to increase participation and raise awareness of paddlesports.

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


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    Melton Borough Council
  • Harborough District Council
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    North West Leicestershire District Council
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