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We are a small, friendly, mixed club of enthusiastic canoeists, of all abilities, ages and interests mainly based in the London area. Membership is open to members of CSSC Sports and Leisure.  This means that now MOST PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN our canoe club when they join CSSC.  Membership is no longer restricted to civil servants.  The total annual cost of membership of the Canoe Club & CSSC for 2016 after 1 April is £68.10 (or £63.66 for retired members).

We meet weekly, and also have a programme of weekend trips, both locally and throughout the UK, as well as holidays abroad. Our current interests are touring, white water and sea kayaking.

For newcomers, this site aims to give you an introduction to the Club, and what we get up to; tell you how to contact us for more details, to join etc.

For members, the site aims to provide a useful reference source - for the latest Calendar information, Club rules, forms etc, plus links to useful web sites etc, including information on canoeing elsewhere in the UK, and on other sports and leisure activities available in the Civil Service.

CSSC members can visit 280 English Heritage sites for free with a friend.  The sites are listed at-

News and Snippets.

Next trips and events:

5 April - last pool session of season

6 April - AGM - Dan organising

(all members welcome)

9 or 10 April - lee valley day trip - Fi organising

(intermediate white water)

16/17 April - Isle of Sheppey weekend - Gavin organising

(suitable for experienced sea kayakers)

26 April - first Thames Tuesday evening session of 2016

30 April - 2 May - upper Thames touring weekend - Dan organising

(suitable for all ability levels)

14/15 May - brownsea Island sea kayaking trip - eleanor & stephen organising 

(suitable for anyone comfortable paddling on moving water)

28/29 May - South Devon rias weekend - rob organising

(suitable for anyone comfortable paddling on moving water)

11/12 June - canoe club members' bbq/CSSC taster day - Dan & Stewart organising

(everyone welcome)

25 or 26 June - Thames paddle to Hampton court - Gavin organising

(Suitable for all ability levels)

Early July - scilly isles sea kayaking holiday - Rob organising

16/17 July - tryweryn whitewater trip - martin organising

(suitable for experienced White water paddlers)

30/31 July - Wye/teme touring trip - Dan organising 

(suitable for all ability levels)

13/14 August 2016 - white water safety and rescue course  - Gavin organising

17 or 18 September - Kennet and Avon Canal touring trip - Eleanor organising

(suitable for all ability levels)

Possible first aid course - martin organising
Weekly meetings -  Summer Thames sessions
Thames sessions take place every Tuesday evening from 26 April to the end of September.
Weekly meetings - autumn/winter swimming pool sessions
During the autumn & winter Tuesday evening sessions take place at the Porchester Centre in Bayswater.
For a taste of what goes on see-
The 2016 winter sessions will begin on 2 February and end on 5 April.
Canoeing Poster Winter 2014

River Thames recreational users website
Click the link above for the Port of London Authority's recreational users website. (The PLA are in charge of the Thames between Teddington and the sea). Among other things there is an interesting video on rowing (includes paddling) through Central London. There is also a section specifically on Canoeing.

Club Library

The club has a small library of paddling books available for members to borrow.  Most of the books are latest editions, including a number of Franco Fererro's excellent Pesda Press titles, Olli Grau's "White Water kayaking" and Gordon Brown's "Sea Kayaking" to name just a few.  The book list can be found on the members' forum in the  "General Discussion and Social Stuff" section. Members are welcome to suggest additional books and DVDs for the library. Loans or donations of paddling books which you no longer need are also very welcome.  
Joining the forum

All members are encouraged to join the Forum on this website. Unfortunately we are subjected to many fake applications from spammers. Where we can't readily identify the applicant as a club member the application is left on hold and eventually rejected. To avoid this happening to your application please email to tip him off that you have applied to join the forum and he will arrange for it to be approved.   

 For regular discussion and info on canoeing stuff, see the club forum or the discussion boards at UK Rivers Guidebook and Song of the Paddle.

Note: views expressed in these pages are liable to be those of the author, and should not necessarily be taken as representing those of the Club.

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