Canoeing involves using a paddle to move across the water in a narrow vessel.
An Overview of Canoeing
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.
In all forms of kayaking you use a double bladed paddle and will be in a seated position with your legs in front of you.
Canoes and kayaks vary greatly in design, shape and size dependant on the type of canoeing, the type of water and the size of craft suitable for you. But if you are new to the sport don't worry about this level of detail, the best thing to do is go along to a local club or centre, or try one of our starter sessions and you'll learn about the various styles of canoes and kayak out on your session.
- 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.
Adaptations and Equipment
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.
Find Canoeing Clubs/Groups Near You
Use the search below to find local organisations near you.
National Governing Bodies
- Contact Name
- British Canoeing
- Contact Email
- Contact Telephone
- 0845 370 9500