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Seasonal Fun

If you are looking for some fun paddling events in your area then look no further! Here you will find exciting and inspiring ways to get out on the water this season.

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We've got loads of great activities on offer, for paddlers of all ages and abilities!

Starter Sessions are the ideal way to get started and spend time together as a family or with friends. Learn the basics or refresh your skills in a safe and friendly environment.
Guided Tours allow you to explore more of your surrounding waterways with a knowledgeable guide. 
If you feel like being independent and going on your own adventure, take a look at our range of Canoe Trails. We have 90 different trails listed. Trails are all different lengths and can take you on many different trips; from urban adventures to peaceful countryside paddles.
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Sea Kayaking Events - Various Dates - Various Locations

Cumbria Canoeists have put together a fantastic diary of sea kayaking events throughout 2017. There is everything from Demo Days to Intro to Sea Kayaking Sessions and even multi-day sea kayaking trips. Whether you already love sea kayaking or would just like to give it a try, you will find a session for you.

Rio Start Up Event - Hare and Hounds - Saturday 11th February

This is a series of races held monthly, being run by Southampton Canoe Club over the winter. It is based on a time trial format. Everybody is welcome to take part in any type of kayak or canoe. The slowest paddlers start first, and then each individual's time is taken into account and set off accordingly with the aim of everybody finishing at the same time. This makes for a very exciting event, in which no one is left behind on the water. There are two distances from which to choose: 2 miles (1 long lap) and 5 miles (2 long laps and 1 short lap)

Rio Start Up – Mini Marathon with Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club – Saturday 18th March

Come and try 2 mile race from the Canal centre to Ash Vale rail bridge and return. This is part of a series of events being run in conjunction with British Canoeing Southern Region Development team to promote entry level competition to paddlers. 

Sea Kayak Demo Day - Sunday 12th March - Kendal

Free Event – Just show Up ! Sea Kayaking Demo Day by Sea Kayak Oban www.seakayakoban.com Hosted by Killington Sailing Association, Supported by Sedbergh & District Canoe Club. Supervised by Cumbria Canoeists. 

Before buying a sea kayak or surfski you should try as many as you can, and Sea Kayak Oban’s demo days are the perfect opportunity. At these demo days we will have at least 4 different kayak brands – Valley/P&H/North Shore/Tahe – in lots of different sizes and styles. There will also be a couple of Epic Surfskis.

Regional Tour; Stratford Canal - Saturday 18th March 2017 - Wooten Wawen, W. Midlands

Come and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1957 canoe trip that saved the canal from abandonment. This tour is being ran by the British Canoeing West Midlands Regional Development Team.

Surf Kayak Symposium - Friday 28th April 2017 - Hayle, Cornwall

As well as surf kayak workshops for beginners (newcomers), intermediate (starting to catch green waves) and advanced (developing progressive surfing skills) there will be sessions on surf kayak/ski rolling, surf forecasting, safety in the surf, equipment design and much more. There will also be a range of different surf kayaks and skis for you to try. 

Hamble River Raid - Saturday 13th May 2017 - Hampshire

This is an annual timed rowing,kayaking,canoeing and stand up paddle boarding race over approximately 5 nautical miles on the Hamble River. The money raised  in the form of entry fees, sale of refreshments and and Hog Roast goes to local charities but competitors are welcome to raise their own money for other charities if they wish as well. 

Scottish Women's Paddle Symposium - 13th & 14th May 2017 - Kinlochleven, Lochaber

The aim of the weekend is to provide mentoring and inspiration to women who want to progress; whether that's to gain a new qualification or purely for enjoyment; all in a social and supportive environment.  

Whether you want to try a new discipline, increase your confidence in a specific area, or improve on a specific skill or technique, there is a workshop for you. 

Paddle To The Heart - Saturday 3rd June - Birmingham

Paddle into the centre of Birmingham from multiple start points before all meeting up at Brindley Place. Following some fun and games and a lunch break we will paddle the short distance to Icknield Port Loop, where car parking is available at Canal and Rivers Trust Yard, Icknield Port Road.

Katakanu Treasure Hunt - Saturday 19th August 2017 - Leicester

This year we will be hosting a new fun activity you can do on the river with the family. We are running a KataKanu Treasure Hunt.

Participants will be looked after by an Instructor as we paddle along the river looking for clues that will lead you to the secretly hidden treasure.

Rio Start Up – Mini Marathon with Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club –  Saturday 21st October

Come and try 2 mile race from the Canal centre to Ash Vale rail bridge and return. This is part of a series of events being run in conjunction with British Canoeing Southern Region Development team to promote entry level competition to paddlers.

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