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Yorkshire Clubs

We have around 40 registered canoe clubs and many other boater-networks operating in the Yorkshire region. These come in all shapes and sizes and offer a range of opportunities and facilities to suit anyone from novice through to expert.

No two clubs are the same. Most offer a network of friends and enthusiasts with a passion for boating, but that could be for anything from exploring Yorkshire's coastline (surfing or sea kayaking) to finding challenges on steep, upland rivers (steep creeking, river running or racing).

To find a club that might suit you, use the club finder tool on the main British Canoeing website - or browse these entries!

Bradford & Bingley Canoe Club

Bradford & Bingley Canoe Club is primarily a ‘wild water’ club. There are regular sessions at the club's site on the River Aire in Bingley and also river trips, pool sessions and surfing weekends. For those who wish to compete, there are canoe slalom and wild water races. Floodlights and permanent slalom gates make training possible throughout the year. We all have shared use of the sports club bar and function rooms for the rugby/football/cricket/running club.

Dales Canoe Club

Formed many years ago, Dales Canoe Club is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. "Canoe in Safety" is the club's motto and ethos.  We aim to help paddlers develop skills to become safe and proficient in the river environment. Our focus is on closed cockpit kayaks.

East Yorkshire Canoe Club

 East Yorkshire CC is based in North Cave in the East Riding of Yorkshire. We are a large and active club with over 150 members of all ages and abilities. The club caters for all paddling disciplines and offers full coaching through the BCU Star Tests. A full calendar of events is available throughout the year providing activities for all levels of ability. As we have many family members we also have social events to cater for non-paddling members too. We have two successful canoe polo teams and many of our members enjoy sea kayaking and flatwater paddling with monthly club trips.

Glanford & Scunthorpe Canoe Club

Glanford & Scunthorpe are a family club and we actively encourage parents, friends and canoeists of all ages and abilities to join in the fun. Members come from North Lincolnshire and the wider area that includes Grimsby and Gainsborough. The club meets at Ancholme Lesiure Centre and actively promote most canoeing activities such as white water and canoe polo.

Green Star Canoe Club


The club was founded in 1993 and has grown to be one of the largest and most active clubs in the area. It is one of the largest slalom clubs in the country, supports polo teams in several divisions and plays a large part in training, coaching and skills development in the region. The club operates from Hatfield Water Park and St James's Pool in Doncaster.

Grimsby & Cleethorpes Canoe Club

A local kayaking club that teaches the basics of kayaking with coaches qualified (in the old BCU system) to give a kayaker their 3 star certificate.We have a range of skills at the club: coaches who love white water, coaches who love to explore in their sea kayaks, and we also have a coach who loves to open boat.

Halifax Canoe Club

Halifax Canoe Club is an active and family orientated canoe club which runs coached sessions and trips away throughout the year and offers beginners course on the river or in the pool depending on the time of year. The Club is based in the centre of Sowerby Bridge, where we make good use of the both flat water and man-made white water course adjacent on the River Calder.

Hambleton Paddlers


Hambleton Paddlers organise canoe and kayak events for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Canoe and kayak events are usually held within a few miles of the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire. Outdoor events range from peaceful paddles along canals and lakes to white water runs down the rivers Ure, Tees or Tyne. Thirsk swimming pool is the venue for our regular indoor kayak coaching sessions.

Hull University Canoe Club


Kelsey Paddlers Canoe & Kayak Club

(no website)

Kingston Kayak Club

Kingston Kayak Club has rapidly evolved into a flourishing club catering for all ages and abilities. The club is based at the Albert Avenue Swimming Baths Complex, just to the west of Hull’s city centre. KKC has a membership of around 150 but provides canoeing opportunities for a much wider audience in Hull and its surrounding area via regular outreach programmes. Each year the club organises a Summer School which has introduced many children to canoe sports, and with the use of Princes Dock in the city centre we can put on not only the prestigious Hull Canoe Polo International but also flat-water slaloms and even come-and-try-it sessions for the general public.

Knottingley Canoe Club

Knottingley canoe club is a family orientated club. We offer a warm, safe environment for practicing and playing at Knottingley Sports Centre, and there are instructors happy to offer advice and help you to learn new skills and strokes.

Kool Kayakers Canoe Club

Leeds Canoe Club

Established in 1947, Leeds was the first canoe club to be set up in West Yorkshire. We are an extremely active club, with pool sessions, river sessions and river trips running every week throughout the year. Our main speciality is white water kayaking, but we also regulary participate in Canoe Polo, Kayak Surfing, Slalom, Play Boating, and Canadian/Touring. Our clubhouse is located on the bank of the River Aire at Kirkstall, and here we have a range of boats suitable for all ages and sizes, including those with a disability. If you are new to the sport and have no experience, we have instructors who will train you in the safety of the swimming pool at Armley Leisure Centre.

Leeds University Union Canoe Club

Lower Wharfe Canoe Club

Lower Wharfe Canoe club is a family orientated club that has been running for 11 years, with a base at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool and Bishopthorpe on the river Ouse. We host a large number of families who enjoy the sports of canoeing and kayaking, and have a wide range of members aged eight to nearly eighty! We are a friendly welcoming club that run many water and non-water based events that are well attended. The club has a large number of both adults and children who enjoy the sport and develop their skills onto faster moving water, and into high level competitions through the slalom section.

Mad Paddlers

(no website)

Malton & Norton Canoe Club

A small club based on the riverside in the centre of Malton. During certain times of the year, when it's much too cold on the river, we will hold sessions at a pool, either at Pickering, or Ampleforth.

Manvers Waterfront Boat Club

Set up in 2009, MWBC is the region's newest and fastest growing club with 800 members already! It is a multi-sport club that specialises in paddlesports and is based at Manvers Lake at Wath Upon Dearne, Near Rotherham, in South Yorkshire. We work in partnership with Canoe England and share the use of a new and purpose built Boathouse. Contact: 01709-878984

Pennine Canoe and Rowing Club


We are a small competitive and recreational canoe club offering most canoe/kayak disciplines. We cater for all ages and all abilities, from beginners looking for their first experience on the water to GB international athletes. We can provide coaching in recreational paddling, Canoe Polo, Sprint & Marathon, Slalom, and Wildwater Racing. We are looking to bring together all the above disciplines under one roof, but for now we can be found at Dewsbury Sports centre on Saturdays & Tuesdays, for pool sessions and Huddersfield Narrow Canal Mondays & Wednesdays.

Richmond Open Canoe & Kayak Club

Richmond Open Canoe & Kayak club is based in Richmond, North Yorkshire. We endeavour to provide a supportive and friendly environment to develop your kayak and canoeing skills. One of the newest British Canoeing affiliated clubs, we are still developing and growing. We welcome new members and are keen share our passion for paddle sports with others. Both canoeing and kayaking activities are catered for.

Scarborough & District Canoe Club


For beginners the club holds “come and try it” pool sessions and training sessions at Bramcote School in the winter and coaching sessions at Wykeham lakes in the summer. As a club, we enjoy making the most of our coastline and enjoy surfing and sea kayaking alongside the traditional inland canoe and kayak trips.

Sheffield Canoe Club


Sheffield Canoe Club meets at Hillsborough Leisure Centre and also has a stretch of moving water on the River Don at Oughtibridge, where popular slalom races are organised.

Sheffield City Kayak Club


We meet on the river at Kelham Island in the city centre, and also have use of Upperthorpe Healthy Living Centre for pool sessions.

Shoddy Mungo Paddling Club

(no website)

Swaledale Outdoor Club : Canoe Section


West Yorkshire Canoe Club


We are a family canoe club, based around West Yorkshire, and run weekly sessions at Batley Old Baths, Pontefract Swimming Pool & Pugneys in Wakefield.

White Rose Canoe Club

White Rose is a family orientated, recreational club with it's base at Roundhay Park in Leeds, with pool sessions being held at Fearnville Leisure centre during the winter months. We offer a wide range of events, from easy canal and lake paddles through to more technical paddles on Grade 3 and 4 rivers in Yorkshire and other parts of the country.

York Canoe Club

York Canoe Club mainly a White Water kayak club. Some of our members also open boat and flat water paddle. The club is based in the centre of York, with pool sessions on a Wednesday night at Yearsley Pool during the winter and spring months. We move to our boathouse on the river Ouse at the end of May when the nights are lighter, for river trips and skills sessions.

We have a calendar of regular day trips to our ‘local’ rivers such as the Tees, Wharfe, Ure and Swale. Weekend trips enable us to travel further afield with the Lakes, Wales and Scotland being favourite destinations. Members also organise trips abroad.

For those new to the sport, you can sign up for our beginners course; a six week programme that will prepare you for white water. After that, with support from our training officers and other members you will soon be running the gnarliest rapids and nailing those freestyle moves. Visit our website and arrange to come and meet us. 

York University Canoe Club

We encourage local clubs and networks to use this site to advertise themselves. If your club does not yet have an entry, or if your club's details need updating, let us know!