York Canoe Club

When: We meet every Wednesday throughout the year.


  • Winter – Yearsley Swimming pool  (8.15 – 9.30pm)
  • Summer – River Ouse at Rowntree park (6.45pm – until car park shuts)
  • Summer – Linton Weir (last Wednesday of the month, South access)

After training you will find us at a local pub.

  • Summer: Slip Inn
  • Winter: Brigadier Gerard

Most weekends there is a trip organised either by the club or by members.
You will find details of these posted on our Facebook page.

Who can join? You can join the club no matter how much, if any, past experience you may have in kayaking and canoeing.

We are always keen to see experienced paddlers and can help you develop your area of interest:

  • paddling,
  • leadership,
  • coaching.

There are always people keen to get out and have fun on the water locally or further afield.

If you are new to the sport we have a coaching programme to help you develop your skills at a pace that you are comfortable with.
A beginners course runs every three months or so, to develop your key kayaking skills.
This course closely follows the BCU 1 star award.

When you are ready to get onto moving water, we run an introduction to white water course, this teaches you the basic techniques for moving water.
This course is a pre-requisite of Open to All trips for those new to the sport.

All club coaching is free, provided by experienced members.
We also provide opportunities to progress your paddling with subsidised training on courses such as First Aid, White Water Safety and Rescue, Coaching and Leadership awards.

All of the necessary equipment to get you started can be hired at a nominal fee if required.
We have a fleet of kayaks as well as an odd open boat and white water racers.
Additionally we can provide buoyancy aids, helmets, waterproof cags, wet-suits, spraydecks and paddles.
When you are ready to buy your own kit, there is a wealth of experience and advice available to ensure you get the right bit of kit.
Membership also gives you discount at a number of kayak shops.

We are a fully affiliated senior British Canoeing Club.
This provides all of our members with third party liability insurance cover for all club trips.