Canoeing is great fun, but water can be dangerous. Follow our tips for safe and enjoyable canoeing on our canals and rivers.
As long as you follow a few basic rules, canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding are safe sports and accidents are rare. If you want to make the most out of the sport and get off to the best start then a course will show you all of the basic techniques. You can find a canoe or paddle board club offering beginners courses at on the British Canoeing website.
The following tips will also help to keep you safe while you're out and about on the canal:
Unpowered craft are not allowed through some canal tunnels or on parts of some larger river navigations. You can find more information on travelling through tunnels in our boating pages.
There are some tunnels you can paddle through, but:
Find out which tunnels are open to canoes
For more tips on staying safe, visit the British Canoeing website.
Last date edited: 22 February 2021