About Us

Bristol Canoe Club is a club for paddlers in the Bristol area.

We are a very active club, and we do lots of things – see the Calendar page for the latest info, but also we do a lot of trips at short notice, organised via our members-only email list.

We are involved in white-water paddling, flatwater racing, polo, plus general leisure.

Images of different types of paddling

For more information, please see the General Information link, Membership, Contacts, or any of the pages available from the menus at the top of the page.

Our online membership sign-up with webcollect is here: Bristol Canoe Club webcollect page, but we’d prefer if you come down to one of our sessions and say hello before signing up.

Beginners Kayak Course 2019

Beginners Kayak Course 2019

This years Bristol Canoe Club beginners course will start on Monday 3rd June 2019 and run for four weeks. On successfully completing the course you’ll receive the British Canoeing one-star award.

The course is intended for adults who are thinking about taking up kayaking with the club and want to learn basic kayaking skills in order to get started. It’s important that you can attend all four sessions and be there at promptly at the 6.30 start time. All equipment will be provided. The cost is £80

We are unable to offer places to those under 18. 

For further info, email Nick Wainwright membership-enquiries@bristolcanoeclub.org.uk and include ‘beginners course’ in the subject line

New committee for 2018-2019

The Bristol Canoe Club AGM 2018 was held last week.

The new committee for 2018-2019 is:
Chairman: Jeremy Sykes
Treasurer: Fran Bamber
Secretary: Tanya Cownie
Membership: Nick Wainwright

Other committee members: Conor O’Neill, Dave Hill, Mark Gillett, Emma Newman, Iain Hissett, Lee Nicholls

Club policies and constitution

Here is the set of the club’s policies, collected together into one place.

Operational policies

  • Access to the boat storage cage at Baltic Wharf: Cage_Policy
  • Information for borrowing club boats: Boat_Policy

“Legal” bits


  • The Bristol Canoe Club Rules can be seen here, but these have partly been superseded by the new Operational Policies: Rules

Pengins Win Polo Div 2

Some great news and many congratulations to the Bristol Penguins, who finished their final DIV SW Regional Tournament last weekend at our Outdoor Pitch. They won 14 out of 14 games and securing promotion to Div 1 SW next season. In addition their goal difference was +39 goals – obviously they didn’t play the Pitbulls!!!

Very best of luck in Div 1 Penguins – there are some mighty Sharks in that league!  More details are available from James Putterill.

Beginner’s course 2018

Please note that this course is now full.

The club will be organising a beginner’s kayaking course for adults in May/June 2018. This is intended for people who are interested in taking up the sport of kayaking in the future, and paddling with Bristol Canoe Club.

The course will consist of a session in a swimming pool, and then four 2-hour sessions on Bristol docks.

The dates are:

  • Wednesday 30th May; 8:30pm; Pool session at Bristol South Pool, in Bedminster
  • Thursdays 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th June; 6pm; General session at Baltic Wharf on Bristol docks.

This course will cost £75, including membership of the club for the remainder of the year.

If you are interested, please email our enquiries address; see our contacts page.

Neil Cox Iceland Cost-to-Coast May 2017

Neil Cox, and Leanne Dyke, both members of Bristol Canoe Club, crossed Iceland with a Packraft (a type of inflatable kayak) in May 2017.
Here is Neil’s write-up, including video, and a river description.


Neil comments: “We believe this is the first recorded source-to-sea descent of the Þjórsá, with Leanne also being the first recorded woman to complete a packraft traverse of Iceland.”