British Canoeing | Decathlon

British Canoeing is the National Governing Body for paddlesport in England. Across the UK British Canoeing has both national and UK functions and is responsible for leading the development and governance of paddlesport in areas such as coaching, competition and participation. It’s purpose it to “inspire people to pursue a passion for paddling; for health, enjoyment, friendship, challenge and achievement”

Go Paddling is the recreational resource developed by British Canoeing, helping paddlers find places to paddle as well as top tips and helpful information to make paddling fun and safe for all.

Find great places to paddle

Looking to find exciting places to paddle local to you? Check out the Go Paddling paddle trails. Just type in your location and find a whole host of paddling adventures on your doorstep. The pre-planned trails cover everything you need to know to get going on your paddling journey.

Getting started Information

From tips and tricks to get started on the water, to safety information and places to take your new craft. Getting started paddling has never been easier. From places to launch, to safety information and checklists for full day adventures or challenges. Find all the information you need.


An inflatable kayak with 3 raised adult seats for great paddling comfort. Stable and reassuring, perfect for a family outing.

Stay safe this summer

Go paddling has created a range of videos and downloads to help you enjoy your time on the water safetly. The video gallery offers bite-sized advice on a range of subjects from Stand Up Paddleboarding to sea kayaking and the weather. Meanwhile, the downloads section compliments the videos with easy to digest PDFs, including a checklist so you can double check you have everything before you paddle.

Waterway licence

Did you know? You need a licence to paddle on managed waterways in England and Wales. The money raised through the licence goes towards developing paddlesport and maintaining the waterways you paddle. Protecting the waterways you love for generations to come.

Discover our Kayaking Offer

From sea to river to lake - inflatable or rigid - we think there's something magic in a kayak. We design ours ourselves, so you can have the best adventure yet.

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How to choose your Kayak?


  • 1. Wear a personal floatation device
  • 2. Carry a means of communication
  • 3. Check the weather
  • 4. Tell others of your plans
  • 5. Paddle within your ability