Places to Paddle in the North West

The North West of England is home to some truly unique coastlines and stunning lakes. With so many places to paddle in the North West, we have pulled together just a couple of our highlights. With coastlines, the Lake District, Cumbria, and a few cities too, there is a huge…

What should I wear on the water?

Getting out on the water on a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak is a brilliant way to spend your free time. However, you need to be dressed appropriately to get the most out of your time on the water. Wearing the wrong clothes may well lead to you getting cold quickly…

Buying your first PFD

No matter what type of paddling you are doing, and on what type of craft, your personal floatation device (PFD) is one of the most important bits of safety kit you will carry. Even if you are attached to an inflatable paddleboard, you still need to be wearing some form…

Go Paddling with Pride this July

Get your flags and facepaint ready and come along to Paddling with Pride this summer! In the run-up to the Commonwealth Games 2022, we’re excited to be part of British Canoeing’s inaugural Paddling with Pride event in Birmingham. In partnership with Pride House Birmingham, British Canoeing will be welcoming paddlers…

SUP Safer

If you’re a new or novice stand up paddleboarder and want to raise your safety awareness and personal safely, then the SUP Safer course is for you! It’ll help you develop a better understanding of how to be safe when on the water. During this award, your instructor will work…

Paddle Safer

If you’re a new or novice paddler and want to raise your awareness of paddling safely, then the Paddle Safer is for you! It’ll help you develop a better understanding of how to be safe when taking to the water. During this award, your instructor will work with you to…

SUP where to stand on the board

So you've bought your first stand up paddle board. You get it out the packaging. If it's an iSUP you inflate it and realise that pumping it up is more of a work out than actually paddling. But hey, added exercise right! Then... what!? The main reason we see people…

Kayaking safety checklist

Kayaking safety. Before you head off on your paddle, whether it's a jolly flat water adventure or a white water thrill, you need to do your kayaking safety checks. It's not just about the state of your boat or paddle though, there's a few more things to consider before you…

The river licence explained

If you’ve recently started paddling, the advice around where you can paddle and what you can do can be stifling.  Different waterways are effectively managed by different bodies which can cause a bit of a headache, especially when you only want to put your boat on the water and go…

Canoeing safety checklist

Canoeing safety is all part of the planning with water sports. It's the same as having to do warm ups to prevent injuries on dry land. You need to make safety checks on your canoe part of your paddling adventure. To help you get your canoeing safety checks down to…

How to paddle a canoe

If you are looking for a way to get your family together on the water, learn how to paddle a canoe. They are traditional by design and adaptable to many different adventures. If it’s your first time, there are a few things you should know about how to paddle a…

Top tips for paddling a kayak

In the beginning, paddling a kayak can seem as alien as riding a bike without stabilisers. Although there is a specific technique to paddling, truth is, to get started, as long as you are moving around and getting where you want to, that’s all you need. So don’t sweat the…