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Looking for a licence to Paddleboard Kayak Canoe ?

There are many reasons to join Paddle UK, but the best value waterways licences is a popular one. Start to type a river, canal or lake below to find out if it is covered by membership. Don't know your nearest waterway? Then enter a postcode and it'll return all the waterways in a 30-mile radius of the location with the nearest first.

Membership Packages with...
Waterways Licences Liability Insurance Offers and Rewards

Individuals
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£ 29-60 Annually
  • Waterways Licence
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Offers and Rewards
  • SUP, Kayak, Canoe
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Families
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£ 68-164 Annually
  • Waterways Licence
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Offers and Rewards
  • SUP, Kayak, Canoe
Couples
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£ 85-110 Annually
  • Waterways Licence
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Offers and Rewards
  • SUP, Kayak, Canoe

Great choice! First step is your postcode...

Membership is determined by where you live in the UK. So, enter your residential postcode below and we can signpost you. Note that Scotland and Northern Ireland membership do not come with a waterways licence. No licence is required to paddle in these countries. Only waterways in England and Wales require a licence. If you are unsure use our waterways licence look up.

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Paddle Scotland

As you reside in POSTCODE you need to join Paddle Scotland. Note that Scotland membership doesn’t include a waterways licence. No licence is needed to paddle in Scotland.

Use the button below to visit the Paddle Scotland website to learn more about membership and to join.

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Paddle Northern Ireland

As you reside in POSTCODE you need to join Paddle Northern Ireland. Note that Northern Ireland membership doesn’t include a waterways licence. No licence is needed to paddle in Northern Ireland.

Use the button below to visit the Paddle Northern Ireland website to learn more about membership and to join.

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Canoe Wales

As you reside in POSTCODE you need to join Canoe Wales.

Use the button below to visit the Canoe Wales website to learn more about membership and to join.

Paddling Services Finder

First enter your postcode and distance. Then, select either search by service or provider type. Choose all, or filter by individual drop down options. Finally, hit search to find a wide range of paddling providers near you.

You can use city, postcode, or What3Words.

Distance measured in a straight line.

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Events Finder

Relax, Compete or Train. It's up to you

Whether recreational or competitive paddling events, entry level skills training, Ofqual regulated coaching courses, conferences, or paddle cleanups, find something near you on our "all events" finder.

Upcoming Events

Whether you want a quiet SUP on your local river or fancy taking on a competitive event, here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest. Hit the More Events button to check out all events on our event finder.

Ensuring Safety

The Paddle UK online reporting system is for all paddling incidents, and can be used whether you are a member of Paddle UK or not. If you have been in an incident or witnessed an incident hit the button below.
We have a dedicated area on the Paddle UK website that takes you through the process of reporting a safeguarding concern. Hit the button below to visit the safeguarding page.
Go Padding is Paddle UK’s home of recreational paddling and has a wealth of safety information to start you off. Hit the button below to learn how to stay safe in the water.
Our Awarding Body boasts a range of free and quality paid eLearning to help you get the most out of your time on the water. Hit the button below to browse its eLearning Store.
The Paddle UK Start and Discover courses are designed as an introduction for new starters. Find out more and a provider near you on Go Paddling. Simply hit the button below.
Paddlesafer is a comprehensive body of safety information, guidance and advice for everyone involved in paddlesport including clubs, officials, volunteers, providers, event organisers and coaches. Download Paddlesafer in PDF by hitting the button below.

Got a Question? Ask PaddleBot

Looking for a club or delivery partner in your area? Have a question about membership or qualifications? Seeking safety advice or courses? Want to learn about our athletes? Looking for launch points on the Thames? Or perhaps your teacher has sent you here to do some research. Then maybe PaddleBot AI can help. You never know unless you ask. You'll find PaddleBot bottom right of the site waiting for your questions.
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Every Paddler, Every Craft, Every Type of Water

We are Paddle UK and we proudly represent the growing community of paddlers across the UK. Watch the video to learn more about us.

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The Paddlers' Code

When you go paddling remember to Respect, Protect, and Enjoy. Learn about the Paddlers’ Code and help Paddle UK protect our blue spaces for future generations.

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Member Places to Paddle

Your membership helps us open up great places to paddle like these, which you can enjoy as a member. Click through to read more about each location.

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On the water 3-5 year prices

3 Year Youth Price

Under 15 Years…£115

16 Years…£95

17 Years…£103

3 Year Young Person Price

18 Years…£111

19 Years…£111

20 Years…£111

21 Years…£121

5 Year Youth Price

Under 13 Years…£145

13 Years…£153

14 Years…£153

15 Years…£161

16 Years…£169

17 Years…£177

5 Year Young Person Price

18 Years…£185

19 Years…£195

20 Years…£205

21 Years…£215

Great choice! First step is your postcode...

Membership is determined by where you live in the UK. So, enter your residential postcode below and we can signpost you. Note that Scotland and Northern Ireland membership do not come with a waterways licence. No licence is required to paddle in these countries. Only waterways in England and Wales require a licence. If you are unsure use our waterways licence look up.

Looks like you need to join
Paddle Scotland

As you reside in POSTCODE you need to join Paddle Scotland. Note that Scotland membership doesn’t include a waterways licence. No licence is needed to paddle in Scotland.

Use the button below to visit the Paddle Scotland website to learn more about membership and to join.

Looks like you need to join
Paddle Northern Ireland

As you reside in POSTCODE you need to join Paddle Northern Ireland. Note that Northern Ireland membership doesn’t include a waterways licence. No licence is needed to paddle in Northern Ireland.

Use the button below to visit the Paddle Northern Ireland website to learn more about membership and to join.

Looks like you need to join
Canoe Wales

As you reside in POSTCODE you need to join Canoe Wales.

Use the button below to visit the Canoe Wales website to learn more about membership and to join.