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Canoeing

British Canoeing

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

Get Involved

Youth Olympic Games

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 - Thu, 18 Oct 2018

Schools Paddle Fest

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 - Thu, 28 Feb 2019 (09:00 - 15:00)

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.

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

Partners

  • NWL LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    Active Leicester
    Blaby LSA
    Sport England
  • H&B LSA
    County Sport Network
    Harborough LSA
    Equality Standard
    Melton LSA
  • Safeguarding
    Leicestershire County Council
    Active Rutland
    O&W LSA

Partners

  • Sport England
    Safeguarding
  • Charnwood LSA
    H&B LSA
  • County Sport Network
    Active Rutland
  • Harborough LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
  • NWL LSA
    Melton LSA
  • Active Leicester
    O&W LSA