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Club Affiliation

To join British Canoeing you must agree to the Club Affiliation Agreement and provide all of the relevant information requested. The fee is for a one year period from your start date and must be renewed annually to maintain continuous insurance cover.

To join British Canoeing you must agree to the Club Affiliation Agreement and provide all of the relevant information requested. The fee is for a one year period from your start date and must be renewed annually to maintain continuous insurance cover.

Get in touch with a Club Support Officer and Become an Affiliated Club!

If you're thinking about becoming an affiliated club and would like some support with the process please contact one of our Club Support Officer by clicking here.

Benefits of club affiliation

  • Access to the dedicated British Canoeing Club Support Team
  • Access to The Clubhouse - Online resources, guidance, and communicate with other clubs
  • Club Associate Membership - For all your club members who aren’t On The Water members
  • Waterways Licences - at a reduced rate, for club craft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards) used during club activity, on waterways managed by Environment Agency and Canal and River Trust.
  • Combined Liability Insurance Cover - Insurance for all your Club Activity, up to £10 Million
  • Promotion - Club Listings and exposure to the over 600,000 visitors on our Go Paddling and British Canoeing websites
  • DBS Checks - For club volunteers
  • Grant Support - Access to British Canoeing grants and support for external applications
  • Paddle Award Certification -  Your club logo appearing on certificates
  • Managing Risk and Risk Assessment eLearning - Free access to CPD for your key volunteers to develop their knowledge and expertise.

How to affiliate

To carry the logo and reputation of British Canoeing your club will need to be properly constituted, have a club bank account, together with basic policies in place and safe operating procedures. Once you have affiliated for the first time, this information is held centrally and there should be no need to resubmit information again in the future unless it has changed or been updated.

Club Affiliation Categories:

Senior Club with a Youth Section - Fee £165 plus adult Club Associate fees.

Senior Club - Fee £135 plus junior and adult Club Associate Fees.

Junior Club - Fee £100 plus junior and adult Club Associate fees. To affiliate as a Junior Club, 85% of your membership must be under 18 years of age

Club Associate:

Any member of your club who is not a British Canoeing On The Water member is classed as a Club Associate member. The club pays a fee which covers third party liability insurance (if selected) for these members to take part in Club Activity, and British Canoeing events and entry-level competitions. Club Associate fees are £2.20 per adult Club Associate Member and £1.20 per Junior Club Associate member. If you do not require British Canoeing insurance cover you will not be required to pay Club Associate fees. 

Club Activity

Club Activity is defined as any activity that has been assessed as part of the club’s safety framework and promoted on the club calendar, website or noticeboard. Club activities also include inter-club activities where the responsibility for risk assessment and management is carried out and shared between all participating clubs. Club Associate members are only insured for Club Activity, and certain entry-level competitions and events.