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 the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

Latest News

  • Check out the video promo of the World Champs in Valtellina...

  • The Welsh Open national ranking Wild Water Race and British Team selection race.

    I am aware that in the past there have been issues and difficulties both in past years and in the build up to this race and because of that, I am publishing the following information to help the process, please do not see it as being over officious but as a way to prevent misunderstandings and to help people understand what we are trying to achieve, both in the short-term (running this race and selecting a British Team) and in the long-term (re-building our sport, increasing participation and raising standards)

    All sport and competition should be an enjoyable activity, conducted in a fair and open atmosphere free from bullying or intimidation even at a serious level of competition; please respect all athletes and officials. I am aware that in the past there have been issues and difficulties both in past years and in the build up to this race

  • Message from Peter Schofield

    "Following concern about the navigation of certain aspects of the course it has been necessary to change the classic race course for selection. The sprint course remains unchanged . This is based on feedback from a number of athletes who have been training at Bala over the last few weeks.

    The sprint course is unchanged but the Classic Course start will be at the end of upstream end of the campsite (below Chapel Falls) and run to where the arrow is on the attached plan, approx 3 mins after the road bridge . The length of race should be circa 15 minutes.

    Best wishes to all who are training there this weekend and look forward to either meeting up with those at the HPP Sprint Regatta tomorrow or next weekend at Bala.

    Best wishes and great racing.


    Map of the new course

  • Many thanks to those contributors who have been uploading their images into the wildwater racing flicker gallery. Some nice images from domestic and international racing.

  • The results from Saturday's Harefield race have been posted. Of particular note was the winner of the Mixed C2 race, with one of the paddlers being just 5 years old!



  • The latest ranking lists are available here

  • We would like to refresh the look of the website, and to do that we would like some new images to use on both the front page and around the website.

    If you have some images that you are willing to have published on the website, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    As ever - if there is something you find tricky to find on the website, or you have something you would like posted, please contact the webmistress.

  • Minutes from the recent Exec meetings have been put up here

  • Results from the Harefield Classic race last weekend have been published.

Timing Strokes - River Synergy

Posted in Coaches Blog

As we come into the high performance race season, I thought it would be useful to remember one of the key techniques of WWR - Timing Strokes to waves.

The WWR manual has some useful resources, including video that covers these principles:

The principle of timing your paddle strokes to the waves is as applicable for the frantic pace of sprint as it is the classic.

Timing strokes to the waves involves placing the blade into the wave face, rather than the trough. Preferably just over the high point, but practically anywhere on the high point of the wave works.

When the strokes are timed to the waves there are a number of resulting behaviours:

Assessing changes

Posted in Coaches Blog

Forward power – how to assess changes in technique.

As coaches we are looking for the technique that gives the best power output.

We can break down forward paddling into its different parts but each paddler has their own style. Paddler and coach cannot always tell if a small change in technique has improved power.

I recently went out to a shoot on a local broken weir with one of our junior paddlers to do some hard moves on easy water and some endurance work trying to paddle up the weir. This works really well because as she begins to slow she starts dropping off the weir. She can steer across the wave using edge while maintaining power. (and I don’t have to keep up with her).

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Raising awareness and participation in a great paddling discipline!

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Mentor Scheme

Have you an interest in helping a young athlete reach their full potential ?

...With just a couple of hours a week to offer...you could be part of the next big success story!

The Young Paddler Mentoring Scheme aims to assist and grow the sport from the ground up. For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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