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Canoeing is using a paddle in a canoe or kayak for sport, recreation or transport. The sprint has been an Olympic sport since 1936.
Over 300 registered clubs within the UK with 1000's of members. Canoeing is almost as old as mankind. It was the primary mode of transport over water but over the years has been replaced by modern transport. It remains popular as a recreation.
There are a wide variety of places to canoe throughout the UK. Canals, rivers, lakes and the sea. Although not all inland areas are open to the public and you will need to contact The British Canoe Union in your area for advice.
The age ranges from under 11's to adult.
Most clubs require you to be able to swim 50 meters to join. A licence is also required to canoe on canals and rivers. This can be obtained be becoming a member of The British Canoe Union.
The canoe sprint, also known as racing takes place on a straight course. The distances raced are 200m, 500m, 1000m and 6000m. Each competitor is timed. Racing can take place in singles, doubles or fours. The canoes have to conform to international standards.
There are a large range of competitive events in the various disciplines, although many canoeists are not interested in competition. Canoeing can be a relaxing trip on a canal to an all consuming hobby. It is up to the individual to choose the level to suit. This can also be a recreation activity for the whole family.
There is a large variety of events that take place throughout the year. There are races at club level, regattas and joining a club offers the opportunity of competing at international level and even a chance to represent your country.
There are a number of disciplines within canoeing to take your pick from. You can also progress to becoming a coach in your choice of discipline.
Canoe England bring out a magazine called Canoe Focus every two months. This is free for members and ?2.00 for non-members. The Canoe and Kayak
To become a member of Canoe England ranges from a yearly membership fee of £14.75 for an under 18 basic rate to £35.75 for an adult. Included in this is insurance and a licence for Thames Water and British Waterways. You can join at a local club and hire the equipment needed. Otherwise canoes range from £1,000.00 to £200.00 for a second-hand canoe. Paddles average around £70.00, buoyancy vests around £50.00. You will also need a helmet, clothing and a roof rack.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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