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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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The River Roding – a canoe trip from Creekmouth to Ilford and back

The River Roding – a canoe trip from Creekmouth to Ilford and back

Many of London’s old rivers have been lost, buried beneath centuries of urban expansion, but some still flow into the Thames. The River Roding, in eastern London, is one such river, joining the Thames at Barking Creek in the east of London. Canoe access can be made at Creekmouth, where free on-street parking is available […]

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Canoe training and kayak courses

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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Kayak and canoe courses for the over 50s in London

Kayak and canoe courses for the over 50s in London

London has over sixty canoe and kayak clubs, providing paddling opportunities for children and adults of all ages. Many clubs will welcome adults over 50, regardless of your ability or previous experience. Canoe clubs often focus on particular canoe sports, some of which are more active than others. Many clubs also offer ‘try it out’ […]

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Canoe club news

Sea kayakers called on to help with RNLI research

Sea kayakers called on to help with RNLI research

A new research project by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the British Canoe Union (BCU) is exploring sea kayakers’ attitudes towards risk and safety, and the various ways in which they participate in their sport. The research will cover people’s reasons for participating in kayaking and canoeing, how often they go, types of […]

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Mind the faff – a classic Alps kayaking map

Mind the faff – a classic Alps kayaking map

Every year a unique migration takes place across the UK. White water kayakers take flight for warmer climes, heading south in search of sunshine and crystal clear, snow melt water. For many, their destination will be the small French town of Briançon, nestled high in the Haute Alpes. Here, four Alpine valleys converge to produce […]

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Canoe Polo League proposed for SE England

Canoe Polo League proposed for SE England

The BCU Canoe Polo Committee is hoping to get a Local League up and running for the South East Area. Their target is to develop Canoe Polo and get more teams involved and participating. The initial idea is to run a Youth League as well as an Open League for players that are playing at […]

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Kayak and canoe events

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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London Kayakathon 2014: a Thames marathon by kayak

London Kayakathon 2014: a Thames marathon by kayak

The London Kayakathon 2014 will see a group of over 100 sea kayakers take part in a River Thames marathon on 13 April 2014. Starting beneath Tower Bridge, the kayakers will paddle a marathon distance of 26.2 miles in a group, with the aim of raising in over £30,000 for a wide variety of different […]

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London SUP marathon June 2014

London SUP marathon June 2014

The SUP marathon is back! Last year 25 participants raised over £30,000 for charity, in the first ever London SUP Marathon. This is a marathon with a difference – where participants cover a marathon distance – 26 miles – on Stand-Up Paddleboards while taking in the sights of the Thames, from Shepperton to Putney, followed by an evening’s […]

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Books

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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Around London in a small boat

Around London in a small boat

Circle Line, Around London in a Small Boat describes the adventures of Steffan Meyric Hughes as he sails and rows around central London in a small sailing dingy. Steffan is a Londoner who grew up on the water, learning to kayak at Westminster Boating Basin and surfing the outlet waves of the now silent Lots […]

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Canoe and kayak videos

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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Freestyle Kayak Moves – how to do all the ICF moves!

Freestyle Kayak Moves – how to do all the ICF moves!

Freestyle Kayak Moves is a new and easy to follow DVD which demonstrates how to perform a wide range of moves – from a simple Spin to a complex Helix. The DVD covers all the currently recognised moves on the International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) score sheet. Freestyle moves are demonstrated and described by the UK’s […]

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Path of the Paddle

Path of the Paddle

Path of the Paddle: Solo Whitewater is a classic canoe film from 1977 by the legendary Bill Mason. Bill Mason is regarded by many as ‘the patron saint of canoeing’. He developed and refined canoeing strokes and river-running techniques and produced a hugely influential series of instructional canoeing films. In Path of the Paddle: Solo […]

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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

| March 27, 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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London Kayakathon 2014: a Thames marathon by kayak

London Kayakathon 2014: a Thames marathon by kayak

| February 8, 2014

The London Kayakathon 2014 will see a group of over 100 sea kayakers take part in a River Thames marathon on 13 April 2014. Starting beneath Tower Bridge, the kayakers will paddle a marathon distance of 26.2 miles in a group, with the aim of raising in over £30,000 for a wide variety of different […]

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London SUP marathon June 2014

London SUP marathon June 2014

| February 2, 2014

The SUP marathon is back! Last year 25 participants raised over £30,000 for charity, in the first ever London SUP Marathon. This is a marathon with a difference – where participants cover a marathon distance – 26 miles – on Stand-Up Paddleboards while taking in the sights of the Thames, from Shepperton to Putney, followed by an evening’s […]

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Level 1 canoe coaching course at Shadwell Basin, February 2014

Level 1 canoe coaching course at Shadwell Basin, February 2014

| January 1, 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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Win tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival! 5-11 March 2013

Win tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival! 5-11 March 2013

| December 30, 2013

The Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to London’s Union Chapel this March with five evenings of high adrenalin, outdoor adventure films. Canoe London has teamed up with the Banff Mountain Film Festival to offer a pair of free tickets to one lucky winner. The competition is easy to enter – just use the form below […]

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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

| December 22, 2013

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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Canoeing by Reg Blomfield – 1930s open canoe skills

Canoeing by Reg Blomfield – 1930s open canoe skills

| October 29, 2013

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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Baffin Island Expedition – share the adventure – Tuesday, 19th November 2013

Baffin Island Expedition – share the adventure – Tuesday, 19th November 2013

| October 24, 2013

American professional white water paddler Erik Boomer, and Canadian polar adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry recently completed a gruelling 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over 1,000km by kayak, ski and foot. Avoiding crevasses to cross the largest ice cap on Baffin Island, Boomer, Sarah and two friends descended into the Weasel River valley. Here, Boomer did […]

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