Canoeing is an activity that appeals to paddlers of every age and level of fitness. The adventurous can attempt steep mountain streams, looking for the excitement of speed and action; others travel on the slower flowing rivers, lakes and Is finding enjoyment in the scenery and countryside.
Recreational canoeing can be started at an early age, enjoyed by all members of the family continued on into retirement. Recreation includes White Water Rafting and all other non- competitive activities. Even for the easiest waters all canoeists should be to swim at least 50 metres in canoeing clothing. It is not sound practice to set out on a canoeing expedition alone, or without practice or experience. On fast rivers and the sea, there should be at least three boats in a group, so that they can help each other if the need arises. Start easy rivers or canals and work up gradually to waters. Do not attempt sea or estuary canoeing until you have had more experience, can well and have learned about winds, tides and currents and buoyage.
Most canoeists learn their skills by joining a club or attending a course run by a club, school or centre. These are listed in the regional and coaching pages of this website or the Member's Directory.
The Annual Strand Touring Awards are available for completing 100, 250 and 500 miles in any one year and BCU Touring awards for completing 1000, 2500, and 5000 miles over any period. Full details in the Touring Logbook or from the Awards Administration Officer, Adrian Barclay, 64 Ambleside Gardens, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 8SF. The Touring Logbook is also obtainable from http://bcushop.org.uk.