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U Canoe Video: Understanding the ethos of the programme.

Canoes and kayaks go way back in history to early human existence, as a means of transport, hunting and survival, to the present day, when boundaries of exploration are being opened up; canoeing is a sport rich in potential for young and old - the adventurous and the less adventurous.

Visit an affiliated club or approved centre. Canoeing offers a wide range of activities, some based on competition and others, less formalised, based on journeying and adventuring. Visiting a club or approved centre is fun, safe and will help you to master the basic skills more quickly. Clubs and centres welcome new faces and many run special sessions for newcomers.


To find your local club or centre please use Tees Valley Sport's Club Finder, or alternatively visit British Canoeing's Club/Centres section.

Activity holidays often include canoeing and this can be a pleasant introduction, or perhaps you'd prefer to attend one of the many British Canoeing regional events and chat to some of the paddlers themselves.

U Canoe is an exciting British Canoeing initiative, U Canoe, is aimed at the 14 – 25 age group and has been a great hit in Universities, Colleges, schools and outdoor centres, youth organisations and other Canoeing providers. The inspirational U Canoe scheme has been designed as a fun way to engage with and retain the youth market and guide them to a pathway of discovery into Canoeing as  a lifelong sport.  For further details go to

U Canoe offers an exciting new approach to coached sessions for coaches British Canoeingand leaders who can become Activator Trainers, by attending a British Canoeing approved Training Module to mentor a workforce of trained Activators to deliver the sessions.  Sportivate funding is available for the U Canoe programme from the initial setting up through to delivery so get talking to your County Sports Partnership for further information on registering a Sportivate programme.  As mentioned the concept of being student led is very much a part of this scheme as well as the enthusiasm being fuelled by social media, Facebook and Twitter playing a large part to the success. Please also have a look at the U Canoe Facebook Page and Video. Whether you are interested in U Canoe   Wired or Unleashed or both please contact your Canoe Development Officer and complete a registration form.   For further details registration forms and costs please contact your Canoe Development Officer;

Go On! U Canoe, Canoe Your Way.   To watch the U Canoe video please click here.


British Canoeing offers a series of coaching qualifications and a coach education programme designed to train people in the art of coaching canoeing. A diagram of the coaching pathway can be found here. For all other information concerning coaching please visit British Canoeing's Coaching page.

The calendar for Coach Education Programme of subsidised courses can be found here and is constantly updated. Additionally, Tees Valley Sport also offers a North East Course Finder which will allow you to find upcoming courses local to you.



Name: Aaron Cruickshank
Job Title: Regional Pathway Coach , British Canoeing

Name: Phil Scowcroft
Job Title: Area Development Team, British Canoeing