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 is a safe sport and accidents are rare. If you want to make the most out of the sport and get off to the best start then a canoeing course will show you all of the basic techniques. You can find a canoe club offering beginners courses at on the British Canoeing website.
The follwing tips will also help to keep you safe while you're out and about on the canal:
Unpowered craft are not permitted 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.
If you are permitted to use a tunnel, make sure that you carry a light and whistle to warn other craft of your presence. Travel through in groups if possible.
Find out which tunnels are open to canoes
For more tips on staying safe visit the British Canoeing website.
Last date edited: 31 January 2019