We work hard to support boats of all shapes and sizes on our canals and rivers because we know that spending time on the water can make us happier and healthier. Find out why we think canoeing could be a route to wellbeing for you.
Even if you’re just taking part in a gentle paddle, being outside and close to nature can lower your stress levels, help you sleep better and make you a happier person overall.
Waterway wildlife is generally less shy around paddlers, so you’ll spot things that walkers and cyclists rarely get to see.
Paddlers are a cheery bunch. It must have something to do with spending so much time outside. Most clubs have a thriving social scene and attract members of all ages and interests so you’ll widen your circle of friends considerably.
Canoeing uses most of the muscles in your arms and shoulders – it’s wonderful for toning your upper body.
Whether you're working from home or staring out of the window of your office block, picture yourself leaving the office, driving to your nearest waterway and pulling on a wetsuit. Imagine getting into a canoe and floating out onto perfectly still water where nothing else matters.
Nearly two million people in Britain go canoeing each year. Have you ever seen a grumpy person paddling?
Canoeing is a very accessible sport and is great for kids and adults alike. Rather than taking your kids out to the cinema and sitting in silence why don’t you take your kids canoeing? Spend some quality time with them and make great memories that will last them a life-time.
When you’re starting out canoeing you don’t need to go and buy all of the equipment at once. Many canoe clubs will offer free taster sessions and hire out equipment at very reasonable rates.
Whether you want to paddle along a calm canal or take on an adrenaline-inducing white water course there really is something for everyone.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, one of the best things about canoeing is the myriad of different places it can take you. Explore the canals and rivers in this country or set off to paddle the length of the Zambezi. The options are endless.
If we’ve inspired you to try out canoeing and you want to take the next step, then find out how to get started.
Last date edited: 18 November 2020