We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

10 reasons to take up canoeing

Canoeing is a great way to explore our waterways and get fit at the same time. Read our top 10 reasons to give it a go and then find your nearest canoe club.

Two people in a Canadian Canoe Canoeing in the centre of Birmingham

1 - There’s nothing like exercise in the fresh air to make you feel good about yourself. Even if you’re just taking part in a gentle paddle, being outside and close to nature will lower your stress levels, help you sleep better and make you a happier person overall.

2 - You’ll get closer to nature. Waterway wildlife is generally less shy around paddlers, so you’ll spot things that walkers and cyclists rarely get to see.

3 - You’ll meet new and lovely people. 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.

4 - You’ll look great in a tank top. Canoeing uses most of the muscles in your arms and shoulders – it’s wonderful for toning your upper body.

5 - Paddling gives you something to look forward to. Next time you’re staring out of the window of your dreary office block imagining you were somewhere else, 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.

6 - It’s fun! Nearly two million people in Britain go canoeing each year. Have you ever seen a grumpy person paddling?

7 - The whole family can get involved. 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.

8 - It’s cheaper than you think. 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.

9 - The sport can be as extreme or gentle as you like. Whether you want to paddle along a calm canal or take on an adrenaline-inducing white water course there really is something for everyone.

10 - It will broaden your horizons. 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.

Happy paddling.

Last date edited: 25 August 2015