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Take to the water this summer during Go Paddling Month

To celebrate the start of Go Paddling Month, British Canoeing is encouraging more people to join the paddlesport community and enjoy being out on the water this summer.

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Running through July, Go Paddling Month is the perfect opportunity for paddlers old and new to take to the water and be part of the biggest paddling event in the country.

Throughout the month we are asking paddlers to log their paddles and paddling stories for the chance to win some great prizes, courtesy of our partner Gill.

After logging your paddles you will also receive a thank you certificate from us along with a voucher code giving you 15% off Gill products.

Gregory van Heerden, Recreational Programmes Lead at British Canoeing said:

“We are thrilled to be able to hold Go Paddling Month this July, where we are looking to bring together the whole paddling community to celebrate how paddlesport can enhance people’s lives and better protect our beautiful waterways.

Whether you take to the water on your own, or with friends or family, we would love to hear about your paddling adventures so please log your participation and stand a chance to win some fantastic prizes. We look forward to seeing you out on the water this July."

– ​Gregory van Heerden, Recreational Programmes Lead at British Canoeing

Go Paddling this Month with Gill and register here!

If you're a newcomer to paddling, check out our 'Go Paddling Stay Safe this Summer' resources here.

British Canoeing has continued to see the growth in paddlesport over the last 15 months, with thousands of people exercising outdoors and taking to the water to soak up the sunshine, whilst enjoying the freedom and relaxation that paddling can bring.

Key trends include:

  • There are 78,000 current members of British Canoeing, a 66% growth compared to figures 12 months ago
  • 50% of those joining in the past month have purchased family memberships
  • The number of female members has increased from 27% in 2020 to 36% in 2021
  • 43% of new members joining in the last four weeks are female members
  • Recreational paddling and stand up paddleboarding continue to be the two main areas of interest for members
  • Paddling is amongst one of the most accessible and sociable sport and recreation activities available

It can be done independently or with family and friends, with something for every age and ability sharing the wonderful feeling of being out on the water and providing a great form of aerobic fitness.

From taking in beautiful countryside, city locations and coastal scenery, paddling brings health and wellbeing benefits, encouraging people to get closer to nature and spend time on the water, whilst maintaining social distancing.

Hannah Wicks, a British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassador said:

“With every stroke I take I feel more relaxed and at ease from the stresses of life. This has certainly been the case over the last year with the pressures of studying during a pandemic, maintaining relationships and worrying about work. So let’s use Go Paddling Month as a chance for us all to take to the water and leave our worries and stresses behind on the bank.

As a ShePaddles ambassador, I’m also looking forward to seeing lots of fabulous women out enjoying their time on the water. I will be getting out as much as possible so I will definitely make sure to share my experiences with you all. I’m also going to be instructing with Lancashire School Sailing Association across the month of July which offers those within economically disadvantaged areas a great opportunity to try something new and feel the benefits that paddling provides.

– Hannah Wicks, a British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassador

To support your summer adventures the Go Paddling website is full of tips, practical advice and resources to provide all you need to know about taking up paddlesport this summer, including;

British Canoeing’s ‘On the Water’ membership is the gateway to the waterways. Giving paddlers instant access to a waterway licence, insurance, plus a range of great benefits and exclusive offers.

Having a waterway licence supports the maintenance and protection of the waterways, ensuring they are kept clean and safe.

Membership covers all types of paddling including kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboarding. All of this for only £45 a year, with reduced rates available for couples and families. 

This makes it the cheapest and most comprehensive option available to paddlers for a waterway licence covering 4,500km across England and Wales. 

Full details about British Canoeing membership and the waterways licence can be found at our new digital Members Hub.