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.