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Canoeing on the River Thames

How do I get started?

First of all, you must be able to swim. If you can swim, the best way to get started in canoeing is to join a club. Visit the British Canoe Union website for a full list.

How much does it cost?

Club subscriptions vary greatly – please contact your local club for details.

Many clubs and companies offer hire canoes of different types - inclusive of licence, paddle and other equipment. If you want to buy your own canoe there is a wide range available. You will also need a paddle, buoyancy aid, and possibly a spraydeck.

Canoeing on the River ThamesCan I get lessons?

Some clubs provide basic training free of charge but other clubs may charge. One to one or group training is also available.

Can I do this as a family?

Canoeing is a great family activity. Many clubs cater for families and you can choose from single, two and up to four-seater canoes and kayaks.

Can I canoe if I have a disability?

There are many clubs based on the River Thames for people with disabilities. We recommend you visit the British Canoe Union website for more information and a list of suitable clubs.

I already have a boat – can I just go out on my own?

If you own a canoe, once you have registered it, you can take it anywhere on the River Thames. To find out more information on how to register, see the Environment Agency website.



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Salter Steamers Ltd - Reading

Salter Steamers Ltd - Reading

We are a family firm that has provided first-class hospitality on the Royal River Thames for over 150 years (est. 1858). As one of the longest...