Canoeing

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Canoeing

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 dependent on the type of canoeing, the type of water and the size of craft suitable for you. Do nor worry about this level of detail if you are new to the sport, 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.

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.

Adaptations and 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.

Find Canoeing Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.

Contact your local Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing Team

Across Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland the Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing Teams are providing opportunities to support you to become more active.

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day, benefiting their long-term physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Fitcation

The Fitcation offer is about inspiring gentle adventures and active escapes as part of short break activity holidays and trips to Leicestershire and Leicester.

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Leicestershire Holidays Together is a free and exciting Department for Education-funded holiday programme for school-aged children and young people

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National Governing Bodies

British Canoeing

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

Paddleplus

A friendly kayaking and canoeing club on the outskirts of Leicester. We have a regular weekly session on a Thursday at the LOPC supplemented by trips out to sample local waterways and participate in paddlesport competitions.

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

LOPC provides adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others at affordable prices in a challenging and safe environment.

Active Leicester

Active Leicester

Active Leicester encompasses all sports in the city.

New Parks Leisure Centre

New Parks Leisure Centre

New Parks Leisure Centre offers activities in our swimming pools and squash courts.

Ravenhurst Primary School

Ravenhurst Primary School

We are a Leicestershire Primary School with 519 children on roll - aged 4 to 11. We do a range activities such as Activate, The Daily Mile, BBC Supermovers, Go Noodle and HBSSPAN Virtual Challenges.

Active Blaby

Active Blaby

Active Blaby is your local service to help people become more active. We work hard to give people the capability, opportunity and/or motivation to add a bit more movement into their daily lives.

Beaumanor Hall And Park

Beaumanor Hall And Park

Beaumanor Hall offers outdoor experiences for children and adults of all ages. The Centre offers an unparalleled range of adventurous activities, including High Ropes Course & Zip Wire, Canoeing, Archery, Climbing, Orienteering and many more.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Loughborough is extremely proud of its reputation for providing the best student experience. From its earliest days Loughborough University has produced research that matters, with strong links with industry, commerce and the professions.

Sport England

Sport England

Sport England is committed to helping people and communities across the country create sporting habits for life.

Frisby Lakes

Situated in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, Frisby Lakes is a large 48 acre gravel pit, that offers a wide array of premium coarse fishing including, Carp, Tench, Pike, Perch and other activities.

Active Hinckley & Bosworth

Active Hinckley & Bosworth

Active Hinckley and Bosworth are a team of individuals delivering, promoting and supporting all things sport and physical activity across the borough.

Canoeing

Break Out Canoe Club

Break Out Canoe Club is run by the canoeing activities team of South Leicestershire District Scouts. Members are drawn from Scout Groups within South Leicestershire.

We operate from Hinckley Water Activities Training Centre, at Hinckley Wharf. Access t

Canoeing

Hinckley Water Activities Club

We offer kayaking, canoeing and SUPs.

Active Rutland

Active Rutland

Rutland Local Sport Alliance (LSA) commonly known as Active Rutland acts as a key group in enabling key partners in sport, active recreation, health and physical activity in Rutland

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

Canoeing

Rutland Canoe Club

Rutland Canoe Club

Has a regular paddle on Rutland Water on Sunday Mornings 10 am to Midday. There are also groups who paddle Thursday and Friday Mornings. Members also paddle local rivers and on the sea. We have many members in their 60s and 70s.

Canoe England

Canoe England

In England, Canoe England was set up, on a par with the other National Associations, as a division of the BCU, to support the development of canoeing in England.

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Go Canoeing

Go Canoeing, the Olympic legacy initiative from Canoe England, is inviting the nation to get paddling for National Go Canoeing Week 2014, taking place from Saturday 24th May – Sunday 1st June.

British Canoeing

British Canoeing

British Canoeing is the lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is ranked amongst the UK's greenest universities in the Green League for our environmental commitment. We have 28,000 students (HESA 2011 / 12) and have invested £350 million since 2003 across our three campuses to create an i

Men's Adventure Network - Paddle to the Pub

Men's Adventure Network - Paddle to the Pub

Paddle boarding activity for men aged 18+ looking for outdoor activities and socialising.

Men's Adventure Network - Paddle and Pizza

Men's Adventure Network - Paddle and Pizza

Paddle boarding and pizza activity for men aged 18+ looking for outdoor activities and socialising.

Men's Adventure Network - Pub Paddle (Bell Boat and Kata Kanu)

Men's Adventure Network - Pub Paddle (Bell Boat and Kata Kanu)

Paddle boarding activity for men aged 18+ looking for outdoor activities and socialising.

Paddle UK Athlete Support Fund

Paddle UK Athlete Support Fund

To better support athletes selected to a representative British or English team who are undergoing financial difficulties relative to their peers, Paddle UK has created an Athlete Support Fund for eligible English athletes.