New members welcome

We are an inclusive club and are always open to new members. We welcome adults of any age and will support you to paddle independently and safely on our stretch of the Thames.

Keeping you safe on the river

All watersports carry risks and before you can join we need to ensure you can paddle independently in our craft.

You must show you are competent in our ‘K1’ racing boats before you can join. 

Supporting you to become an independent paddler

Most people join by completing one of our 2-day Hampton Paddler courses. 

In 2023 we are offering these in May, June and July. You can find out more and book onto a course, on the Courses page of this website.    

Hampton Paddler courses are aimed at people with little or no paddling experience. The 2-day course gives you the skills you need and the fee includes a year’s membership. 

Assessments for more experienced paddlers 

If you have kayaked in open or closed cockpit kayaks (not sit on tops or inflatables) regularly and recently or have British Canoeing qualifications we can offer you an assessment with one of our friendly club coaches. 

Assessments are done in ‘K1’ racing boats. They cover boat handling, manoeuvring and rescue skills specific to this type of craft. 

If you pass the assessment then you can apply for membership. Otherwise you will be encouraged to complete a Hampton Paddler course prior to joining.

Please contact our assessment co-ordinator, letting him know what kind of paddling you have done so he can check suitability and arrange an assessment for you.

Family members

For memberships for a couple or a family, both adults need to have completed an assessment or a Hampton Paddler course.

Come and meet us

If you’d like to get a feel for the club do pop along one Saturday morning about 9:00am as there’s likely to be some activity going on. Ask to chat with a coach, trip leader or committee member.

For any further questions email our membership secretary, Paul Losse.

Membership fees (2023)

Joining Fee £10/person  (new members)

Adult         £55/year                      

Spouse/Partner £85/year

Family       £88/year  Parent(s) + children (under 18) 

Rack fee    £50/year  


Pro-rated fees when joining part-way through the year

  July-Sept 3/4 fee Oct-Dec 1/2 fee Jan-Mar 1+1/4 to cover next year
Single membership + joining fee   £51   £38  £79
 Spouse/Partner  £84 £63 £127
 Family membership + 2 joining fees  £86 £64 £130

Insurance and waterways license

All members of Hampton Canoe Clube are also members of British Canoeing. This provides you with a waterways license and insurances and means you can paddle independently using our boats. You also receive discounts on courses provided by British Canoeing, retailer discounts and more.  

Boat Fees

You can either choose to pay £3 per session per boat or alternatively £95 per year (1st April to 31st March of the next year) on our pre-pay system; this allows you unlimited use of the boats throughout the year. Obviously, if you think you will go out more than 31 times during the course of the year, then this method is more economical.

Guest Fees

Experienced members can take a guest kayaking or canoeing (click here for further guidance on taking guests). The cost is £10 per adult and £5 for a child (under 18) for the boat. 

Members also guarantee Hampton Canoe Club for £1 

Rack Fees

Hampton Canoe Club will endeavour to contact private boat owners but boats for which rack fees are outstanding for 12 months will become club property and may be used as club boats or sold

Participation Statement

Canoeing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding are “Assumed risk, water contact” sports, that may carry attendant risks. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks, and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

If the club is ever wound up, you will be required to contribute up to one pound sterling to help meet its debts.

Sports Equity

The Club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of the sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

The Club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.