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Waterways Licence

British Canoeing membership includes a licence to paddle over 4,500km of river navigations and canals. Read on to learn more.


Individual Membership of British Canoeing includes a licence to paddle over 4,500km of river navigations and canals. 

Purchasing your waterways licence separately from each Waterways Authority would cost from £35, making joining us a great money saving move.

To see all the places your membership will open up for you read our licensing page here.

You need to make sure you have your membership card with you when out paddling as you may be required to show it to Navigation Officials.

Affiliated Clubs

Clubs using the waterways are required to have a licence for each club boat. Your club can purchase additional licences, at a reduced rate, from British Canoeing as part of your club affiliation, rather than buying from the Navigation authorities. 

Please download the club affiliation form for more details.