Membership and Stand Up Paddleboarding

British Canoeing Membership and SUP. A great combination. Why? If you’ve just started stand up paddle boarding the rules around where you can go and what you can do can be confusing.

So, we’ve compiled a list of FAQs around stand up paddleboarding and British Canoeing membership to show how becoming a member will help get the most out of your time on the water.

Does the British Canoeing membership cover Stand up paddle boards?

Yes. When you purchase an On The Water British Canoeing membership, you receive a waterways licence. This licence covers stand up paddleboards, as well as kayaks and canoes. You can paddle on almost all of the waterways covered by our licence, apart from Cromford Canal and Bridgewater Canal who do not allow stand up paddle boards on their section.

Where can you take your stand up paddle board when you have membership?

British Canoeing membership and SUP is a great combination. You can take your stand up paddleboard on all of the waterways our licence covers. Use our look up below to check. There are a few exceptions though. These are the Cromford Canal (Derbyshire) and Bridgewater Canal (Manchester).

Use our PaddlePoints feature to plan your paddle boarding adventure, or use the pre-planned paddle trails to get you on the water asap!

Can I insure my paddle board through membership?

Yes. When you take out ‘on the water’ membership, you have the option to purchase craft insurance. You can find out more about the craft insurance options here.

What if I live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland?

British Canoeing membership is only applicable to those paddlers who live in England. If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you must join your home nation. Remember, Scotland have the Right to Roam which means you don’t need a licence to paddle in Scotland, but joining the home nation is still advisable for a whole host of other benefits.

Where can I find places to go on my stand up paddle board?

The Go Paddling website is great place to start. You can use the Rivers and Canals pages to target specific waterways using the paddlepoints map or by downloading pre-planned paddle trails.

If you’re brand new to paddling, you might also want to build some skills before heading out on your own. The Paddle Awards are a great way to gain independence on the waterways! Take a look at what they entail and find a course near you.

What does membership actually include?

The On The Water membership gives you a digital and physical membership card which is your licence to paddle on the waterways included in our membership.

Membership also includes civil liability insurance when paddling on the waterways, and coaching insurance too if you are an England-based coach with a coaching qualification.

Alongside all of that you will receive regular communications from British Canoeing about the latest events, news and information from the world of paddlesports, plus special offers and discounts from a range of leading retailers. The full list of member discounts can be found here. We’re continually developing this to give paddlers the best deals possible and have recently partnered up with SUP mag UK. Allowing our members to get up to 23% off the purchase of their magazine.

Where does my membership money go?

Good question! Here are a few important things your membership money goes towards:

  1. Paying for the licences to various waterways. This money helps the waterways authorities keep the waterways in good condition for everyone to enjoy and is a great way of putting back in to the places you paddle
  2. Combined liability insurance for yourself while paddling. With membership, you are insured for Combined Liability Insurance to a limit of £10 million in case of an incident resulting in damage to property or another person
  3. Enabling British Canoeing to keep developing paddlesports so more people have the opportunity to enjoy being on the water more often
  4. Supporting our campaigns, such as the Clear Access Clear Waters campaign which is campaigning for fair, shared and sustainable open access for all to our waterways

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