There are so many different ways you could get involved in Go Paddling Week this year! Running between 23rd – 31st May nationwide, Go Paddling Week is the perfect excuse to get back on the water and do something different with family and friends.
To help you decide how you might get involved in Go Paddling Week, take a look at the suggestions below…
7 things to do during Go Paddling Week
Learn to paddle!
If you don’t already paddle, Go Paddling Week is the perfect time to start. There’s a whole host of ways you can learn. You can of course get your own equipment, but that’s not possible for a lot of people, so why not scout out your local hire centre or commercial paddling centre to see what they have to offer? Clubs will often have taster sessions too… and some places even host free sessions in exchange for taking part in a river cleanup! The Go Paddling website has all the information and contacts you’ll need, so take a look around.
Try something new
If you’re already a paddler and want to do something different for GPW, how about trying something new? With so, so many ways you can get on the water, from white water kayaking, rafting and open boating, to stand up paddleboarding, nature trails and sea kayaking, there’s a whole host of new things to try. It’s a great excuse to tick something off the bucket list you’ve been thinking about for a while!
Go on a micro adventure
Explore parts of the country you haven’t before! Use PaddlePoints or the ready-planned Paddling Trails to paddle a new section of river, canal or lake.
If you’re looking for the next big challenge in paddling, take a look at the Challenge routes. There’s everything from a 7 mile ‘sprint’ to an 85 mile epic and the three lakes challenge too… something to train for and get your teeth stuck into!
Expand your paddling knowledge
Courses, workshops, awards and qualifications are all great ways to expand your paddling knowledge across a whole variety of different disciplines and environments. With everything from beginner paddling awards all the way up to advanced awards in challenging environments, there’s something to challenge every single paddler.
Get the family involved
There’s nothing we recommend more than getting friends and family involved this Go Paddling Week. Spread the joy and get them out on the water, maybe even for the first time. Experience something new and make memories together!
Join a local event
With events up and down the country for all ages, abilities and passions, take a look at our events finder on the Go Paddling Week website and plan in something new!
Just enjoy paddling
All of the above are great things to do if you want to try something different, but the main thing is to just enjoy what you’re doing!