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Canoeing is a paddlesport, mainly involving an open cockpit boat which accomodates two or three people. However, canoes can also be small single person boats (often called OC1) and closed cockpit craft (C1). The craft is propelled using single-bladed paddles from a kneeling position or from a slightly raised seat.

Who is it suitable for?
All sections, however you may need to have higher ratios if you have non-swimmers in the younger sections.
Additional Information
The British Canoeing website has a search facility that will help you find any clubs, activity centres, events and courses.

Badge Links
All sections Time on the Water Staged Activity Badge, Paddlesports Staged Activity Badge

Scouts Adventure Challenge Award

How to run/provide canoeing

There are 3 ways of running Canoeing in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running canoeing yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running canoeing using an external provider

  3. Activity for adult groups - running canoeing for a group entirely of adults

Useful links

The National Governing Body for canoeing is:

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