Started in 1983 by a group of local parents, Our mission is to provide opportunities for the personal development of young people and their families in the local community through participation in a range of water-based activities. We aim to be a positive force for changing lives in a safe and supportive environment. Open Access Youth Club is open after-school, Saturdays and every day during school holidays, providing watersports to all 9-18 year olds. We run 2 after-school Clubs for young people with disabilities and have support staff on session to enable young people to take part fully. We also have a weekly Adult Canoe Club, a training scheme to help 16-19 year olds to become Coaches and we run sessions for schools, youth, community and welfare groups. We mainly paddle on the canal, but get away to moving water as much as possible, including trips to the Thames, Lea Valley, Wales, Scotland, Slovenia and more! We also run Coaching courses, including Aquatic First Aid, FSRT, Paddlesport Instructor, Core Coach Training and Sheltered Water Canoe & Kayak DST. Please contact us for more details.
Looking up at London from the waterway certainly gives it a different perspective. The Regents Canal is an absolute gem to paddle on a pleasant day and is one that not many people think to explore. We’re always drawn to the countryside when we paddle but urban environments can be…
The 137-mile Grand Union Canal stretches from Birmingham to London. Along its length it has an impressive 158 locks. Sprawling through impressive, lush countryside, the Grand Union is a great place for a multi-day adventure. It's also a great place for those looking for more of a touring challenging. Flowing…
Distance: 215 miles Arguably the most famous river in England, the River Thames has played a vital part in the development of London as a capital city since Roman times. Measuring 215 mile long it is officially the longest river in England (that doesn’t cross country borders). The Thames is…
Dating back to Roman times, the River Lea is one of the biggest rivers in London. Rising in the Chiltern Hills, it flows southeast through London before entering the Thames in London’s East End. Much of the River Lea is now canalised and known as the Lea Navigation. This navigation…
The Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal links the main branch of the Canal to the Regents Canal at Little Venice. This terminus is very well connected, with Warwick Avenue tube station a stones throw here. You can get to the canal very easily here, making it perfectly accessible…
What an unusual name for a river, you might think. Well, the River Mole gets its name from the latin word ‘mola’, meaning mill. This river was once a popular route connecting many working mills back in the day. The oldest mill, Sidlow Mill, dates back to Saxon times! The…
The River Stort in South East England runs for 24 miles through Essex and Hertfordshire. This lush, green, slow flowing river is perfect for a peaceful paddle. You'll find it's the perfect place for a real life escape to the country. It flows from just south of the village of…
Measuring 87 miles, the River Wey is a river in the South East of England. It forms where two streams join near Guildford, forming the Wey. It then meanders north and joins the River Thames at Weybridge. A superb river if you're looking for a picturesque paddle, the Wey has…
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