British Canoeing

British Canoeing (BC), formerly the British Canoe Union (BCU), was set up in 1936 to send a team to the Berlin Olympics and is now the umbrella body for all forms of canoeing and kayaking in the UK. There are 11 canoeing and kayaking disciplines; Canoe Sprint, Canoe Slalom, Canoe Marathon, Wildwater Canoeing, Canoe Polo, Canoe Surf, Canoe Sailing, Canoe Freestyle, Sea Touring, Whitewater Rafting and Canoe Lifeguards.

These canoeing and kayaking disciplines are managed by separate bodies for each of the home nations. Their respective websites include details of their activities including membership, clubs, disciplines, coaching, safety and child protection :

With the exception of under 12s that are trying sprint racing for the first time, in which case they will be allocated a temporary number by their club team leader, all competitors must have up-to-date membership of BC and provide their BC number when entering for each regatta.



Future Volunteer Leaders!

British Canoeing has launched an exciting new programme aimed at supporting new volunteers who are interested in volunteering at a regional and national level with British Canoeing.

The Future Leaders programme aspires to raise awareness of the importance of volunteer leadership in canoeing. The programme will aim to identify the next generation of regional and national committee members and leaders as well as helping people develop their expertise and confidence through workshops, online learning, mentoring, placements and networking opportunities to allow delegates to share knowledge, experiences and solutions.

Our sport is full of a diverse range of people with a whole array of skills and experience, we’d love to encourage more people at the beginning of their volunteering journey and support more people to volunteer at regional and national levels from all backgrounds.

For further information and to apply, please, visit