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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

Kayak coaching for older paddlers at Lee Valley

Kayak coaching for older paddlers at Lee Valley

Lee Valley Whitewater Centre is running a course of six sessions to enable the older paddler to work towards their Legacy course competency test, improve their whitewater skills and to gain confidence. Course paddlers enjoy a high coach to participant ratio and exclusive use of the legacy course during the session. The course commences Friday […]

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Traditional Kayak Building Workshop April 2015

Traditional Kayak Building Workshop April 2015

This April, kayak building experts Seawolf Kayak from the Pacific Northwest will be in London teaching the ancient art of building traditional skin-on-frames kayaks. According to Seawolf Kayak, when you bring a boat to life in the traditional fashion, you create stories just as the first kayakers did and still do. You learn complex building techniques like […]

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Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course / “Smash & Bash” Kayak Repair Clinic

Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course / “Smash & Bash” Kayak Repair Clinic

BCU Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course and “Smash & Bash” Kayak Repair Clinics with Howard Jeffs Coastal Navigation Saturday 10th January 2015 This one day classroom based course will cover the theoretical aspects and pre assessment requirements of the BCU 4 Star (Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning) sea kayak award. The aim is to […]

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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

International Ocean Film Tour 2015 – Sunday 17th May

International Ocean Film Tour 2015 – Sunday 17th May

The International Ocean Film Tour returns to London on Sunday 17th May. Capturing the most stunning (under)water moments on the big screen, the International Ocean Film Tour presents the best water sports and environmental films of the year. If you’re after a dose of adventure, action and ocean life get yourself along to The Rocket […]

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Banff Film Festival returning to London, March 2015

Banff Film Festival returning to London, March 2015

The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to London’s Union Chapel in March 2015 with three exciting screenings.  At each Banff screening you can expect to see six or seven films – featuring inspirational tales from across the globe. Enjoy incredible adventure sports, visit remote cultures and feast your eyes on some of the world’s last great wild places. The […]

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As the crow flies: Beeline Britain’s record-breaking straight line journey

As the crow flies: Beeline Britain’s record-breaking straight line journey

Join the Beeline Britain team as they talk about their record-breaking straight line journey and watch the screening of the documentary film ‘As the Crow Flies’ in London, 28th November.  This event is in aid of the limbless veterans charity BLESMA. Royal Geographical Society, London, SW7 2AR (use entrance on Exhibition Road). 6pm – Doors Open […]

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Books

Canoe Camping  by Tim Gent

Canoe Camping by Tim Gent

In this book Tim Gent shares his enthusiasm for canoe camping, the experience of travelling and camping from an open canoe. He covers planning a journey, selecting the right canoe and equipment and how to pack your canoe. All the traditional skills of camp craft such as fire lighting, cooking on an open fire, campsite […]

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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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Canoe and kayak videos

Fuse: Thames kayaking at night, water and electric lights

Fuse: Thames kayaking at night, water and electric lights

Fuse is a brilliant short film from Dave Wortley, filmed at Hurley Weir on the River Thames. Fuse has been entered into the 2014 Kayak Session Short Film of the Year Awards. Check out Dave’s blog to find out he and his friends produced Fuse: http://worldkayakblogs.com/mydeckpopped/2014/10/20/fuse/

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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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Kayak coaching for older paddlers at Lee Valley

Kayak coaching for older paddlers at Lee Valley

| March 16, 2015

Lee Valley Whitewater Centre is running a course of six sessions to enable the older paddler to work towards their Legacy course competency test, improve their whitewater skills and to gain confidence. Course paddlers enjoy a high coach to participant ratio and exclusive use of the legacy course during the session. The course commences Friday […]

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Traditional Kayak Building Workshop April 2015

Traditional Kayak Building Workshop April 2015

| March 1, 2015

This April, kayak building experts Seawolf Kayak from the Pacific Northwest will be in London teaching the ancient art of building traditional skin-on-frames kayaks. According to Seawolf Kayak, when you bring a boat to life in the traditional fashion, you create stories just as the first kayakers did and still do. You learn complex building techniques like […]

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International Ocean Film Tour 2015 – Sunday 17th May

International Ocean Film Tour 2015 – Sunday 17th May

| March 1, 2015

The International Ocean Film Tour returns to London on Sunday 17th May. Capturing the most stunning (under)water moments on the big screen, the International Ocean Film Tour presents the best water sports and environmental films of the year. If you’re after a dose of adventure, action and ocean life get yourself along to The Rocket […]

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Canoe Camping  by Tim Gent

Canoe Camping by Tim Gent

| February 1, 2015

In this book Tim Gent shares his enthusiasm for canoe camping, the experience of travelling and camping from an open canoe. He covers planning a journey, selecting the right canoe and equipment and how to pack your canoe. All the traditional skills of camp craft such as fire lighting, cooking on an open fire, campsite […]

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London Kayakathon 2015 – kayak the Thames for charity

London Kayakathon 2015 – kayak the Thames for charity

| January 18, 2015

Join the London Kayakathon 2015 On 19 April 2015 a group of over one hundred sea kayakers will paddle 26.2 miles of the river Thames. Starting beneath Tower Bridge, the kayakers will paddle the distance in a group with the aim of raising in excess of £30,000 for a wide variety of good causes. Event route […]

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Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course / “Smash & Bash” Kayak Repair Clinic

Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course / “Smash & Bash” Kayak Repair Clinic

| December 6, 2014

BCU Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course and “Smash & Bash” Kayak Repair Clinics with Howard Jeffs Coastal Navigation Saturday 10th January 2015 This one day classroom based course will cover the theoretical aspects and pre assessment requirements of the BCU 4 Star (Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning) sea kayak award. The aim is to […]

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Fuse: Thames kayaking at night, water and electric lights

Fuse: Thames kayaking at night, water and electric lights

| November 16, 2014

Fuse is a brilliant short film from Dave Wortley, filmed at Hurley Weir on the River Thames. Fuse has been entered into the 2014 Kayak Session Short Film of the Year Awards. Check out Dave’s blog to find out he and his friends produced Fuse: http://worldkayakblogs.com/mydeckpopped/2014/10/20/fuse/

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Banff Film Festival returning to London, March 2015

Banff Film Festival returning to London, March 2015

| November 16, 2014

The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to London’s Union Chapel in March 2015 with three exciting screenings.  At each Banff screening you can expect to see six or seven films – featuring inspirational tales from across the globe. Enjoy incredible adventure sports, visit remote cultures and feast your eyes on some of the world’s last great wild places. The […]

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