Canoeing and kayaking are paddle sports, and there are so many styles for you to choose from.

Get close to nature as you take part of the activity and breath in the fresh air.

Whether you want a relaxing pastime or adrenaline-pumping competition, canoeing has something for everyone.

You could try the Olympic events of canoe sprint and canoe slalom, there’s also freestyle kayaking, international canoe sailing, marathon racing, canoe polo, sea kayaking, open canoeing, canoe surfing, touring and recreation, white water rafting, wild water kayaking, and wild water racing.

All of these are a great way to discover the peace and tranquillity of Britain’s waterways, explore stunning coastlines or challenge yourself on natural and manmade whitewater.

Why is it good for me?

Canoeing is a low impact aerobic workout that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Getting outside and enjoying nature can also be good for your mental health.

How much does it cost?

Beginners sessions can cost as little as £2.50, but prices will vary between providers.

Canoes can be expensive, but while you’re starting out in the sport, most clubs and centres have equipment that can be borrowed or hired.

What equipment do I need?

Basic requirements:

  • Warm, comfortable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms (ideally not jeans) and layered tops
  • Water/windproof over layers
  • Suitable footwear, a pair of old shoes which you don’t mind getting wet is fine

As well as these basics, you will also need a canoe or kayak, a paddle and a buoyancy aid, which is an absolute must. All of these items can usually be provided by your local canoe club or centre, although it is worth checking with them before arriving for your session.