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.
Can 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. Kayaking is great fun too. Discover the Thames from the river in Windsor and London with London Kayak Tours