Hampton Canoe Club is a friendly and sociable canoe club based at Bell Hill, opposite the Bell Pub on the Thames in Hampton. We paddle from our base in Hampton but also, most Saturdays head off with boats on roof-racks for trips on other nearby waterways like the Wey navigation, the Basingstoke canal or other parts of the Thames both upstream and downstream, usually with a stop for lunch at a waterside pub. The emphasis in the club is on easy social paddling and we do very little racing except for the Devizes-Westminster race which we have a proud tradition of entering and our Club Hare and Hounds races in the summer.
As it gets colder and the days get shorter members of the club continue to go out and enjoy the river. Check out the latest post on Winter and Night paddling for tips on keeping safe and warm.
HCC Christmas lunch is booked for the 1st December. Click here for more information.
Bookings for the New Year’s Day paddle are also now being taken. Click here for details
Local paddles on Saturdays at 09:30 / 10:30 and Wednesdays (April-Nov) at 18:00 –
A group out on a winter Saturday on the Basingstoke canal near Mytchett
Members can use the club’s boats as many times as they want and can take part in all the club’s sporting and social activities and receive the quarterly newsletter. As well as Kayaks the club has a number of Canoes and SUP’s that members can take out.
Local paddles generally take place very Saturday and Wednesday evening with impromptu paddles arranged throughout the week between members. During the summer we also have a series of Hare and Hounds races.
Frequent day trips are arranged to our local waterways along with longer overnight trips to further flung places. We also arrange an annual holiday – in recent years we have paddled on some inland Scottish lochs; the rivers Allier and Loire in France; the Mosel in Germany; and the Semois in Belgium.
Courses are arranged from time to time, aimed at maintaining and developing paddlers’ skills. Incidentally, members can get a 10% discount on most purchases at the Whitewater Canoe Centre at Shepperton Marina, on production of their membership card.
Hand paddling and back paddling fun and games in the Summer Regatta
The main membership requirement is that you’re able to paddle to One Star standard in the club boats; which really means that you know the basics and are safe on the water. Depending on your previous paddling experience, this will either mean taking an assessment with one of the club coaches, or participating in the club’s One Star course. See full details on joining the club here. Family Membership Is Available.
Pre-requisite: be able to swim 50 metres in the clothing you wear paddling.
All paddlers should always bring a change of clothes to each session, and a towel. Leave jewellery behind – particularly large rings, or items that are not waterproof. Spectacles should have retainers so they stay with you when you fall in. For your sake and ours, please explain any medical issues to a coach before you get on the water.
Paddle at your own risk: canoeing and kayaking are risk sports; involuntary capsizes are routine; other injuries and accidents are possible.