British Canoeing’s ‘On the Water’ membership is your gateway to the waterways. Giving paddlers instant access to the most comprehensive and best value waterway licence available. Plus insurance, top tips and a range of exclusive paddler discounts and offers.
By having a waterway licence you're paddling responsibly. A contribution of licence fees goes towards supporting the work that waterway authorities carry out to maintain and protect managed waterways. Ensuring they are kept clean and safe for us and future generations to enjoy!
Membership covers all types of paddling whether it’s recreational or competitive, including: kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboarding.
All of this for only £45 a year, with reduced rates available for couples and families.
‘On the Water’ Membership Benefits
A Waterways licence - to paddle on over 4,500km of waterways.
Public liability insurance - providing you with £10 million civil liability for all your paddling.
Craft Insurance - access to a great rate on canoe, kayak and paddleboard insurance, provided by Towergate Insurance.
Member exclusive discounts!!! 15% off Gill, 10% Halfords & Dryrobe, 30% Aquapac, 50% off personal performance awards, 20% off the Paddler & SUP magazine subscriptions plus many more!
Regular member communications including top tips, latest trails and inspirational ideas.
Campaigning - membership supports our Clear Access, Clear Waters campaign lobbying for fair, shared and sustainable open access on water for all.
You’ll become part of a community of over 68,000 paddlers and get voting rights at our AGM
By becoming a member you help guarantee future opportunities within paddlesport and contribute to ensuring the waterways stay clean and safe for everyone to enjoy!
Join today by simply creating an account within our membership portal!
Please note: If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will need to login and join through the relevant Home Nation membership portal: Scottish membership, Welsh Membership, Northern Ireland membership.
Our membership packages are all based on an annual fee. Giving you a year’s worth of enjoyment and access to your member benefits for less than a £3.75 a month!
Individual Adult (Over 23) - £45
Young Person (18-22) - £35
Youth (Under 18) - £27
Couples (Two adults) - £80
Family Membership: Available for parents and grandparents to have a joint membership with their children, grandchildren who are U18, including those living at different addresses. Giving approximately 15% discount on the price of family membership up to 2 children, then £10 per child under the age of 18. For example
1 Adult and 1 child - £65 (instead of £72)
1 Adult and 2 child - £84 (instead of £99)
2 adults and 1 child - £99 (instead of £117)
2 adults and 2 children - £122 (instead of £144)
Any additional children under 18 added into the family will be £10 each but they need to be purchased alongside the adults and as a collective within our membership portal.
Please note that if you add additional family members part way through the year, the additional family member will have the same expiry date as the first members who joined, it is a joint package and the discount is based on the whole family having the same membership package and expiry.
A few people have had trouble setting up the family membership within the portal, so here’s a handy guide to take you through the steps.
More than just a membership
Paddlers are at the heart of everything we do. Income generated by membership fees is reinvested back into paddlesport, supporting the development of resources and projects that benefit our members and the whole paddling community. We continually work hard to improve opportunities for paddlers. #SupportingPaddlers