The great thing about canoeing is its open and welcoming to everyone. The variety and flexibility makes it a great sport for women and girls and there is something for all shapes, sizes and abilities.
Good fun, and good for you: Canoeing provides you fabulous exercise. It’s great for building confidence and self-esteem as well as being much more fun than going to the gym! You can choose how much you want to push yourself, whether you want to take part with friends, family, use it to meet new people or explore the countryside from a different perspective.
Challenge yourself: You can take part competitively as part of a team or to test your ability as an individual. In most of the competition disciplines women and men enter the same competition, but compete separately. However in some lower division events, for example Canoe Polo and Canoe Marathon, women can sometimes compete alongside men.
Get started! If competition isn’t your thing and you want to simply enjoy canoeing recreationally, as a social hobby or a way of escaping the day-to-day, there are plenty of different types of canoeing available that focus on recreation and leisure. Our Go Canoeing section gives you details of local clubs and centres, Go Canoeing Starter Session and Guided Tours, some of which include female only session if this is something you would be interested in.
If you have children, canoeing is a great activity for the whole family to spend time together…or you might choose to keep it as your little ‘escape’ away from the kids!
There are really no restrictions and the choice is yours. If you are not sure what area you are going to like best, why not try a bit of everything paddlesport has to offer.