British Canoeing

British Canoeing is the national governing body for paddle sport in the UK. Our purpose is to:

Inspire people to pursue a passion for paddling; for health, enjoyment, friendship, challenge and achievement.

Over 1.8 million adults and children in the UK take part in paddle sport each year.

There are a range of disciplines and activities attached to canoeing and kayaking, from the thrills and spills of white water paddling, touring in an open canoe, or stand up paddleboarding.

Whether you’re brand new to the sport and want to get on the water for the first time, or you’re a confident paddler looking to take on new adventures or challenges on the water – our Go Paddling website is the best starting point!

Go Paddling has everything you need to know how to get paddling for the first time, including:

  •                    Over 150 paddling trails across the country
  •                    Information on the different types of paddling
  •                    Clubs, Centres and Providers located near to you
  •                    How to complete the entry level Paddle Awards – ‘Start’ and ‘Discover’
  •                    The difference between a kayak and a canoe!

Canoeing is also one of Great Britain’s most successful sports. In 2018 our athletes won over 100 international medals, including 7 world championships across 5 different disciplines.

This year we will be hosting the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup at Lee Valley White Water Centre – the venue built for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The World Cup will provide a value for money, fun day out for all the family, with opportunities to try paddle sport, alongside supporting the British team as they take on the world’s best athletes as part of their preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


To find out more about the wonderful sport of canoeing sign up today for our free membership at:

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