Links to canoeing and kayaking websites and a few YouTube videos. Let us know if you have any other favourites to include on this page.

River conditions and weather

River Conditions on the Thames
Conditions on the Wey Navigation
5 day weather forecast for Hampton

Tidal Thames

Boating on the Thames – Paddling
Kayaking and Canoeing on the tidal Thames
Code of practice for rowing on the Tidal Thames – also applies to canoes and kayaks.

Where to paddle

Paddlepoints – Google map with lots of useful information for canoeists on trips, access to waterways, pubs, locks, water gauges, weirs, hazards and more
Canoe Days Out – detailed trip routes with maps covering the whole country
UK Rivers Guide Books – trips on many rivers around the country
Song of the Paddle – dedicated to Open Canoeing
Canal Plan – gazetteer of rivers and canals across Europe with precise distances
Tides on the Arun – song of the paddle chart

Paddling technique

Flatwater kayak – forward paddling

How to do a J-stroke
Canoe paddling – Canadian style
Kayak – how to perform forward strokes
Forward paddle stroke tutorial
Stroke and body technique – kayak sprint
Canoe strokes


 “Help Me” The Secrets of using 112 on a mobile phone in an emergency/accident

but also see these notes on the video which clarify some inaccuracies – in the UK 999 works in an identical way.

Canoe clubs

The Wey Kayak Club at Guildford
Richmond Canoe Club
Banbury Canoe Club
Elmbridge Canoe Club
Donegal Canoe Club
Maidstone Canoe Club
Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club

Other Videos

Leaside Canoe Club – sunbury weir – massive wave!


Marsport at reading
White water canoe centre at Shepperton marina
Kirton Kayaks


Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race


The British Canoe Union
Canoe England
Canoe Foundation

Other useful links

Avon Navigation Trust
Canal and River Trust
Boating on the Thames – PLA site for leisure users
Kayak repairs
The Abbey River – backwater of the suburban Thames
The Swan Sanctuary
Canoeing the non-tidal Thames