National Go Canoeing Week 2013

Ever thought of attempting something different as a day out? Look no further –


Go Canoeing, the Olympic legacy initiative from Canoe England, has announced the dates for National Go Canoeing Week 2013, taking place from Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th May.


The eight-day initiative will give the public a chance to pick up a paddle and discover what’s on offer at over 400 canoe and kayak clubs and centres across the country, with the aim to get as many people on the water as possible. Through offering a wide range activities, the initiative will ensure there is an experience for everyone to easily get involved with, whether they are a canoeing newbie or experienced paddler.


Participants of all ages and abilities will be offered a range of easily accessible and sociable activities to get involved in; from Starter Sessions, Demo Days and Guided Tours to give beginners their first taste of paddling, to Canoe Trails for the more advanced seeking adventure, the initiative also offers a number of mass participation and social events.


Those interested in participating will be able to check out the activities on offer at clubs and centres near them using Go Canoeing’s Activity Search:


Sue Hornby, Director of Development at Canoe England, said: “As one of the UK’s most popular watersports, we want to use National Go Canoeing Week to get the public paddling.


“If you have never tried it before, or are an experienced paddler, the variety of different activities taking place across the country means that everyone can get involved. We want to show how fun, social and easy the sport is – whether you are looking for the ideal family activity, something different to do with friends or ways to socialise and try something new.


“With about 1.2 million adults in the UK canoeing every year and just over one per cent of households owning a canoe or kayak we hope that raising the profile of the sport, and enabling more people to try it, will increase these figures and encourage people to participate on a more regular basis.”



Some of the activities participants will be able to take part in during National Go Canoeing Week are:

Starter Sessions – Provide the perfect introduction to the sport, whether you’re interested in canoeing or kayaking. They are suitable for all ages, from eight to 80, and you don’t need any specialist kit or skills, just turn up and see what the wonderful world of canoeing has to offer!


Guided Tours – Suitable for absolute beginners, as well as those with some canoeing experience, Guided Tours are a great way for adults and families to broaden their horizons, meet like-minded people and escape the daily grind on an adventure. Specially trained Tour Guides will help you discover new places to paddle, as well as pointing out all the local points of interest.


Canoe Trails – For those with some paddling experience, Canoe Trails are a free resource to help paddlers set out on an adventure by themselves. They provide detailed routes, including maps, and all the practical information needed to get on the water with your family or friends and start exploring England’s wonderful waterways.


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