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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
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Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We are reminding people not to swim in Tardebigge Reservoir during the hot weather after we received reports about people choosing the location to have a dip.
The reminder comes just weeks after we issued a warning to people not to choose local waterways to cool off in, because of the dangers posed by colder than expected water, currents and underwater obstructions.
Summer is one of the most popular times for people to visit Britain’s waterways, with more than 385 million visits made last year by boaters, cyclists, runners, walkers and canoeists. Unfortunately, when the weather warms people can risk their lives by jumping into the water. Of the 400 people who drown in the UK every year, more than half the fatalities happen at inland waters such as canals, rivers, lakes, quarries and reservoirs.
We are reiterating our message that people should come to the waterside and have fun, but during the hot weather, to find a pool or organised event if they want to go swimming. Some of the dangers posed by water in canals, rivers and reservoirs include:
Rob Eaton, our customer operations manager, said: "We’ve had reports from community-spirited anglers that they’ve seen people swimming and diving into the reservoir, which is something we strongly advise against. We have signs in place to discourage it, but people are choosing not to heed the advice.
"Being by the water is a lovely way to spend a summer’s day and they are excellent places for families to explore during the holidays. But it’s also important that people, especially children and teenagers, are aware of the dangers of going for a dip. The consequences can be devastating."
Our ‘Explorers’ water safety programme, which focuses on children in Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum, aims to help young people learn about and enjoy their local canal or river safely and can also be used towards a number of Cub Scout and Brownie badges. Dozens of volunteers nationwide help the Trust each year by going into schools and speaking to youth groups about their local canal or river. If you’d like to see the free resources available or if you’re interested in helping the Trust educate young people about their local canal or river, visit Explorers
Find out more about staying safe near our waterways this summer.
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