From a beginning almost as old as mankind, when the kayak or canoe was part of the process of survival, to the present day, when boundaries of exploration are being rolled back, canoeing is a sport rich in potential for young and old - the adventurous and the less adventurous.
How can I get started?
Canoeing offers a wide range of activities, some based on competition and others, less formalised, based on journeying and adventuring. The different types of canoeing are listed on the left hand side.
Visit an affiliated club or approved centre
Canoeing offers a wide range of activities, some based on competition and others, less formalised, based on journeying and adventuring. Visiting a club or approved centre is fun, safe and will help you to master the basic skills more quickly. Clubs and centres welcome new faces and many run special sessions for newcomers.
Activity holidays often include canoeing and this can be a pleasant introduction, or perhaps you'd prefer to attend one of the many BCU regional events and chat to some of the paddlers themselves.
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Go Canoeing Days
From April to October some Canoe England Clubs and Centres will be running Go Canoeing Days. These taster sessions are ideal for absolute beginners- you do not need any experience, kit or special skills and it is suitable for everyone from 8 years old to 80 years old! To find out more click here
Canoe England Membership
Membership to Canoe England provides you with third party liability insurance, competitive rates on boat insurance, waterways licences, Canoe Focus Magazine and selected discounts.
As a canoeist you need a licence to paddle waterways. The waterways licence is included in Canoe England membership.
Where does the licence allow me to paddle?
Visit our page on licences to get the full list of waterways