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Stand Up Paddleboarding in Paddington

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Paddington

Stand Up Paddleboarding or SUP as it is also known, is an exciting new water sport that is becoming increasingly popular in London and across the UK. SUP is a great way to get on the water and as well as being a fantastic from of fitness, it is also the perfect way to explore cities […]

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Kayaking on the tidal River Thames in London – group safety and leadership

Kayaking on the tidal River Thames in London – group safety and leadership

Kayaking on the tidal Thames is an exciting and challenging way to explore London’s maritime heart, but you need to keep your wits about you, as Steve Rushbrook from Port of London Authority and Harry Whelan from Kayaking London explained at a recent symposium for London paddlers. We started the day with a presentation from […]

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Urban kayaking on South London’s River Wandle

Urban kayaking on South London’s River Wandle

The Wandle is a small London river which rises in Croydon and flows through Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth before joining the Thames, upstream of Wandsworth Bridge. It can be explored by kayak or canoe – but low bridges and pipes, weirs and a 500m section of subterranean paddling mean it’s not for everyone. We kayaked […]

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Canoe training and kayak courses

Learn to kayak on white water with Regents Canoe Club

Learn to kayak on white water with Regents Canoe Club

Regents Canoe Club is one of many kayak clubs in London offering kayaking lessons, but this six week course will appeal to adults looking for a bit of excitement. The course is is designed for those who have little or no previous experience of paddling kayaks, but who want to get onto moving water by the end […]

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Level 1 canoe coaching course at Shadwell Basin, February 2014

Level 1 canoe coaching course at Shadwell Basin, February 2014

Tower Hamlets Canoe Club are running an Level 1 coaching course in February 2014 and have a few places left. It is a four day course over two weekends based at Shadwell Basin. Anyone who has done it already will know that the course is a great way for paddlers to improve skills whilst considering […]

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Kayak group leader training on the tidal Thames: 23/11/13

Kayak group leader training on the tidal Thames: 23/11/13

Kayak group leader training on the tidal Thames and sharing of good practice 23/11/13 Location: Cremorne Riverside, Lots Road, London, SW10 0QH From: 9.45am to 4.30pm The overview for the day is to meet other kayakers and club leaders whom regularly paddle the tideway; specifically those who lead other paddlers through the busy section of […]

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Canoe club news

GaugeMap: new online map of river levels across England and Wales

GaugeMap: new online map of river levels across England and Wales

GaugeMap is a new online map from Shoothill which shows river levels across England and Wales. Shoothill created the FloodAlerts live map system now used by the Environment Agency, BBC, MSN and kayakers and canoeists seeking information on water levels. What is Shoothill GaugeMap? GaugeMap is Shoothill’s take on the Environment Agency’s River Levels On […]

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Canoe polo at Castle Canoe Club – 15 minutes from central London

Canoe polo at Castle Canoe Club – 15 minutes from central London

Castle Canoe Club has created a new website to encourage more players to join in with canoe polo training and games.  The club is open on Sundays 10am to 1pm and on Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm from April to October. Castle Canoe Club is located in Zone 2 at the West Reservoir Centre in Hackney  - just […]

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Grants of up to £500 for London canoe club Go Canoeing sessions

Grants of up to £500 for London canoe club Go Canoeing sessions

The British Canoe London Regional Development Team have a number of grants to award to London canoe clubs and centres to put on Go Canoeing starter sessions.  Applications need to be in by 20th July 2014. Grants of £300 are available for BCU affiliated clubs and/or centres to run a Go Canoeing Starter Session with the possibility of […]

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Kayak and canoe events

Thames Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge 2014

Thames Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge 2014

Following a successful launch in 2013, London’s biggest mass participation charity watersports event ‘The Thames Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge’ returns to the River Thames on the 26th July 2014. On a glorious august bank holiday weekend in 2013, 85 stand-up paddlers completed a 6km race between Kew and Hammersmith Bridges, raising upwards of £5,000 for […]

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Thames Festival September 2014 – Celebrating London’s river!

Thames Festival September 2014 – Celebrating London’s river!

Thames Festival Trust has announced an exciting new, month-long celebration of the Thames aimed at putting the 42-mile London stretch of the river at the heart of the capital’s cultural and tourism industry. Taking place for the first time in September 2014, Totally Thames will be an annual, 30-day spectacular programme of events that will […]

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ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup at Lee Valley White Water Centre June 2014

ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup at Lee Valley White Water Centre June 2014

The ICF* Canoe Slalom World Cup hits London’s Lee Valley White Water Centre in June 2014. Professional paddlers from across the world will compete on the London 2012 Olympic course, in an adrenalin fuelled race of speed and skill. With up to 25 slalom gates on a punishing, grade 4 white water course, action and excitement […]

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Books

English Whitewater / The BCU Guidebook / 2nd edition

English Whitewater / The BCU Guidebook / 2nd edition

Welcome to the second edition of the English whitewater kayaker’s bible. Having established itself as a key guide to the best of whitewater and park and playspots within England this second offering from Presda Press adds further to the myriad of challenging steep brooks, classic trips on classic rivers, and previously unfamiliar offerings that is […]

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White Water South Alps guidebook – 65 classic kayaking runs

White Water South Alps guidebook – 65 classic kayaking runs

Every year thousands of British kayakers head for the South Alps, in search of white water and excitement. Whether you are an old hand or an ‘Alps virgin’ – there is one guidebook which all white water kayakers turn to – White Water, South Alps. Now in its third edition, the guidebook is packed with […]

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New guide to North West rivers

New guide to North West rivers

A new river guide focuses on the Lake District and North West of England, and it doesn’t disappoint. 368 detailed pages cover everything from mellow, grade two touring rivers to high octane, high risk gorge descents. With the new Canoe & Kayak Guide to North West England, author Stuart Miller has gone to great lengths […]

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Canoe and kayak videos

Kayak the Amazon: An Expedition from Source to Sea

Kayak the Amazon: An Expedition from Source to Sea

David Midgley, a computer programmer from London, England, dreamed of doing something BIG, and different. A wild idea in a Scottish bar became a ten year project: learn to kayak, and then kayak the Amazon from source to sea. David, better known as ‘Midge’ joined London’s Regents Canoe Club and started to train and plan. Darcy Gaechter […]

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Kayaking through London at night on the River Thames

Kayaking through London at night on the River Thames

London can look pretty stunning from the Thames – especially at night. Check out this clip of paddlers from one of London’s many canoe clubs, enjoying an evening on the river. For more information on kayaking on the River Thames see http://canoelondon.com/kayaking-on-tidal-thames-in-london-group-safety-leadership/

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Canoeing by Reg Blomfield – 1930s open canoe skills

Canoeing by Reg Blomfield – 1930s open canoe skills

If you think open canoes are boring – think again. Canoeing by Reg Blomfield is an old black and white film in which Reg Blomfield demonstrates some amazing skills in an open canoe. Dating from roughly 1934 or 1935, the film quality is rough, but the skills are astonishing. Alongside traditional, and not so traditional paddle […]

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GaugeMap: new online map of river levels across England and Wales

GaugeMap: new online map of river levels across England and Wales

| July 10, 2014

GaugeMap is a new online map from Shoothill which shows river levels across England and Wales. Shoothill created the FloodAlerts live map system now used by the Environment Agency, BBC, MSN and kayakers and canoeists seeking information on water levels. What is Shoothill GaugeMap? GaugeMap is Shoothill’s take on the Environment Agency’s River Levels On […]

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Kayak the Amazon: An Expedition from Source to Sea

Kayak the Amazon: An Expedition from Source to Sea

| June 28, 2014

David Midgley, a computer programmer from London, England, dreamed of doing something BIG, and different. A wild idea in a Scottish bar became a ten year project: learn to kayak, and then kayak the Amazon from source to sea. David, better known as ‘Midge’ joined London’s Regents Canoe Club and started to train and plan. Darcy Gaechter […]

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Canoe polo at Castle Canoe Club – 15 minutes from central London

Canoe polo at Castle Canoe Club – 15 minutes from central London

| June 28, 2014

Castle Canoe Club has created a new website to encourage more players to join in with canoe polo training and games.  The club is open on Sundays 10am to 1pm and on Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm from April to October. Castle Canoe Club is located in Zone 2 at the West Reservoir Centre in Hackney  - just […]

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Thames Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge 2014

Thames Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge 2014

| June 26, 2014

Following a successful launch in 2013, London’s biggest mass participation charity watersports event ‘The Thames Stand Up Paddle Board Challenge’ returns to the River Thames on the 26th July 2014. On a glorious august bank holiday weekend in 2013, 85 stand-up paddlers completed a 6km race between Kew and Hammersmith Bridges, raising upwards of £5,000 for […]

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Grants of up to £500 for London canoe club Go Canoeing sessions

Grants of up to £500 for London canoe club Go Canoeing sessions

| June 23, 2014

The British Canoe London Regional Development Team have a number of grants to award to London canoe clubs and centres to put on Go Canoeing starter sessions.  Applications need to be in by 20th July 2014. Grants of £300 are available for BCU affiliated clubs and/or centres to run a Go Canoeing Starter Session with the possibility of […]

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Learn to kayak on white water with Regents Canoe Club

Learn to kayak on white water with Regents Canoe Club

| May 5, 2014

Regents Canoe Club is one of many kayak clubs in London offering kayaking lessons, but this six week course will appeal to adults looking for a bit of excitement. The course is is designed for those who have little or no previous experience of paddling kayaks, but who want to get onto moving water by the end […]

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English Whitewater / The BCU Guidebook / 2nd edition

English Whitewater / The BCU Guidebook / 2nd edition

| May 5, 2014

Welcome to the second edition of the English whitewater kayaker’s bible. Having established itself as a key guide to the best of whitewater and park and playspots within England this second offering from Presda Press adds further to the myriad of challenging steep brooks, classic trips on classic rivers, and previously unfamiliar offerings that is […]

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Kayaking through London at night on the River Thames

Kayaking through London at night on the River Thames

| April 27, 2014

London can look pretty stunning from the Thames – especially at night. Check out this clip of paddlers from one of London’s many canoe clubs, enjoying an evening on the river. For more information on kayaking on the River Thames see http://canoelondon.com/kayaking-on-tidal-thames-in-london-group-safety-leadership/

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Find your nearest canoe club or kayak club with Canoe London