On The Water Membership

British Canoeing’s On the Water membership is your gateway to the waterways. Giving paddlers instant access to the most comprehensive and best value waterway licence available. Plus insurance, top tips and a range of member discounts and offers.

By having a waterway licence you’re paddling responsibly. A contribution of licence fees goes towards supporting the work that waterway authorities carry out to maintain and protect managed waterways. Ensuring they are kept clean and safe for us and future generations to enjoy!

Membership covers all types of paddling whether it’s recreational or competitive, including: kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding and inflatables. 

Please note: If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will need to login and join through the relevant Home Nation membership portal: Scottish membership, Welsh membership, Northern Ireland membership.


Adult: £45

Young Person: £35

Youth: £27

This is an annual On The Water membership for individuals. Youth membership is for under 18s, Young Person for 18-22 year olds, and Adult for 23 and over. If you haven’t previously been a British Canoeing member use the RapidJoin link for our three-step joining process. For the benefits of membership please expand the details listed below.


1 Adult 1 Child £65 (save £7)

1 Adult 2 Children £84 (save £15)

2 Adults 1 Child £99 (save £18)

2 Adults 2 Children £122 (save £22)

This is an annual On The Water membership for families. Join up as a family to enjoy reduced costs. For the benefits of membership please expand the details listed below.


£80 a Year

This is an annual On The Water membership for couples. It is for two adults over the age of 23. You can paddle together or separately. For the benefits of membership please expand the details listed below.

More than just membership

Paddlers are at the heart of everything we do. Income generated by membership fees is reinvested back into paddlesport, supporting the development of resources and projects that benefit our members and the whole paddling community. We continually work hard to improve opportunities for paddlers. #SupportingPaddlers

Useful Downloads
Accessing the online membership system

Guidance on how to access the Go Membership online portal to join, renew or edit your account.

Size: 76KB
Published: 11/06/2021
How do I renew membership

A PDF of how to renew your membership using the Go Membership system.

Size: 427KB
Published: 11/06/2021
Family and Couples Guidance

A PDF to guide for people seeking to purchase or renew family or couples membership through Go Membership.

Size: 652KB
Published: 11/06/2021
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