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.