Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by British Canoeing

WWR Training on Coniston Hosted by Duddon Canoe Club

There will be WWR training hosted by Duddon Canoe Club. Initial lake sessions on Coniston will be organized on Sunday 24th April to ‘have a go’ in wildwater race boats – Wavehopper, K1,C1 and C2 boats will be provided by DCC, all clubs welcome to send paddlers /coaches.

Let me know if you intend to come with aprox. Numbers (am + pm sessions). For more information or to register an interest contact John Sherwen, regional WWR rep.+ coaching organizer, Duddon Canoe Club 01229 462905 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                           


Paddle in the Park Event at Holmepierrepont 23 & 24th April 2016

Paddle In The Park 2016 23rd & 24th April 2016
A multi-discipline paddle party held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham!
Wild Water Racing and Russ Smith will be taking part with an hour on the White Water Course doing timed runs so please come along for the day - any type of boat will count :-)
Paddle in the Park is a weekend of free events, paddling competitions, demo boats and workshops, free paddling, river racing, raft racing and much much more!
Saturday night will be elite finals coinciding with food and drink on site.
With extreme slalom and freestyle competitions alongside coaching clinics from world and Olympic champions there will be something for everyone. All abilities are welcome to take part in this white water extravaganza; from newcomers to the sport to experienced paddlers.

WOODMILL WWR RACE 9th April 2016

The Sharks Canoe Club are putting on the Woodmill Sprint/ Wavehopper & Open WWR on Saturday 9 April 2016


Race Start 1300, Last entries by 1200,briefing at finish (Woodmill Centre End) 1230


Start below the Swan Public House at Mansbridge to Woodmill activity centre on the River Itchen. A shallow, twisty river section alongside a public park


Venue :Woodmill Activity Centre
Woodmill Lane, Swaythling, Southampton, SO18 2JR

Race entries please contact Neal Underwood C/O 11 Larwood Close, Greenford, Middlesex. UB6 OTA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mobile 07951770241



Carlisle WWR Sunday 17th April 2016


I'm delighted to say that the Carlisle Wild Water Race will be going ahead on Sunday 17th April at Sands Rapids Carlisle. CA1 1JQ

Wavehopper’s will be available to use…. or paddle any other boat.
Bring your own paddling kit. Helmets must be worn....
Coaching on the day for all abilities
Entry Fees on day…only £3 per person
Categories male & female
Under 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 & Adults
Registration: 9:30 – 10:30
Coaching Sessions: 10:30 – 12:00
Races Start: 13:30
Prize Giving: 16:00
Lifts can be arranged to get to Prudhoe for Carlisle Canoe Club members
Let Zoe or Ben know if you are attending Carlisle as Prudhoe has been cancelled
Volunteers also needed for sands to assist setting up, registration, and time keeping etc.
Let us know if you are available.
Contact details (for Sands Rapid venue)
Zoe Southern This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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Prudoe Race Cancelled 16th April

Hi All,

I regret to inform you that the event planned for the Northern Region Wild Water race planned for the 16th April at Prudhoe has had to be cancelled as the river and bridge at Ovingham is still unsafe following the floods and there is no access to the river below the bridge.

 Also the building we use is out of action and there are no toilets.




Rachel Hudspith
Canoeing Development Officer

Mobile: 077159 93535
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Hamble River Raid 21 May 2016


This will count as a ranking regional race (run as part of the existing River raid race) for all qualifying WWR boats

Start Times from: 1330. Register by 1200 latest at Hamble quay

Hamble Quay, Hamble High Street, SO31 4HB

More details in the race upload section


Classic 5 miles (same water and similar course as River Hamble WWR) but you go from Hamble up to Bursledon and back to Hamble rather than from Bursledon to Hamble

Not suitable for novices


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Or see website www.hambleriverraid.com



Latest Assessments posted 15th March 2016 in the squad section of the website. This replaces earlier versions 


Message from Paul Anderson, Head Coach:

Dear Coaches,

 Below are attached the competency rating of athletes so far assessed. Each has been agreed by 3 national coaches and has been completed at the 3 designated training events as briefed and communicated in the 2016 plan.

In order to be eligible for GB selection  a medium rating must be achieved.

For those not as yet achieving this or presenting themselves for assessment the final opportunity will be the selection event itself. Those requiring such assessment will need to inform me ahead of the race where I will pass bib numbers to coaches I have asked to fulfil the assessing function on the day.

I will publish this list but ask you update your respective athletes to the awarded level.

It's been really pleasing to see so many make significant improvements this year and good standard racing at the  Scottish open.

I look forward to seeing everyone at selection.



Get Involved!

National Go Canoeing Week is our annual celebration of all things paddlesport from May 28th to JUne 5th 2016

There are lots of fun ways for you to take part. The miles you paddle will help to propel MacGregor, the British Canoeing mascot, on his journey around the UK and on to Rio and the Olympics.

Join the Journey and log the miles you paddle to help us reach our target of 30,000 miles!

Follow the website link to www.gocanoeingweek.org.uk

Race Levies

Race levy reminder.

Race organisers are asked to pay a levy of 50p per paddler per race for regional events and £1.00 for national events, subject to the race organiser not being out of pocket. This is a considerable reduction to the previous rule stating 50% of entry fees should be paid to the WWR committee. This money will go towards supporting other WWR events.

We trust in the honesty of each race organiser to pay these fees. The fees can be paid either by sending a cheque to:
Wendy Hockenhul at the BCU office:
National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LU

Cheques are to be made payable to "British Canoeing" and it is important that on the back of the cheque and in the info for an electronic transfer, it is written "WWR 2159" to ensure that it is filtered and lands into our account in the BCU system.

If you wish to pay electronically please email the secretary
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Barclays Bank Ltd
2 High Street Nottingham

British Canoe Union
20 63 25
IBAN: GB26BARC20632593316157

Can you also inform Julie or Lee when and how you are paying your fees, and the amount paid.

Youth Club Championship Rules

National Youth Club Championships.

1. The date and venue for the National Youth Club Championships will be published in the Calendar. There are five categories, Under 18, Under 16, Under 14, under 12, under 10, for all K1 Men, K1 Women, C1 and C2. Competitors must be below the relevant age at the beginning of the year of the relevant race season. (now changed to …. Beginning of the mid-season New Year ie 31st Dec.) The date of birth must be on the entry.

2. In all kayak classes, competitors may use WWR kayaks, Wavehoppers and any other kayak not longer than 4.0m and without a rudder. ………

3. Points for the National Youth Club Championships are awarded as follows.

          a) Individual Events.

Under 18, Under 16, Under 14, Under 12, and Under 10 points will allocated separately for each class, ………… 25 points 1st : 24 points 2nd etc. The six highest scoring results count towards club points.

            b) Team Events.

                        1st – 20 points, 2nd 18 points, 3rd 16 points , etc.

Two teams (of three) to score points for their Club, comprising of any combination of Youth paddlers.

4. The Club with the highest points total wins. In the event of a tie, the Club with the highest aggregate score of the two counting teams shall be the winner.