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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 cost of membership of the Canoe Club for the remainder of 2018 is £15 and annual membership of CSSC is £47.40 (£42.66 for retired people).

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 and their family can visit 280 English Heritage sites for free.  The sites are listed at-

For details of access to Cadw sites in Wales see- 

What we have got up to so far in 2018-

1 January - New Year's day paddle - stephen organising - happened

18 February - Cuckmere touring day paddle - Daniel organised - happened

Trips coming up-

29 April - Thames touring trip - Dan organising - happened

1 May - weekly Thames Tuesday evening sessions resume

16 June - BBQ in shepperton - Matt organising - happened

7-14 July - Pembrokeshire sea kayaking trip - rob organising

5 August - Whitstable sea kayaking trip - dan organising - happened

18/19 August - tryweryn white water trip - fiona R organising

8/9 September - sea kayaking trip - stephen & rob organising

29/30 September - wye touring trip - dan organising

13 October - lee valley - fiona organising

17 November - vhf training - Matt organising

16/18 November - Barle trip


Weekly meetings -  Summer Thames sessions
Thames sessions take place every Tuesday evening from the start of May 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 2018 winter sessions have now finished and are expected to start again in the autumn.
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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