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

Selection and 2017 Plans

Registration for selection is now open and available here. You will need to be logged in to register for selection. Registration for selection will automatically enter you for the selection event, there is no need to enter separately.

The selection policy can be downloaded here. The full details of the competence assessments are here for juniors and here for seniors & U23.

Selection for 2017 Great Britain teams (not World Championshipswill be at Grandtully on 22/23 April 2017

  • Rationale - The course is the most representative to that in nature and length.
  • Race Organiser – Under direction of Head Coach 
Selection for 2017 Sprint World Championships will be at Bala on 24th June 2017 (Alternative HPP 9th July)
  • Rationale – The course best reflects the high competence levels required at the event. 
  • Race Organiser – Under direction of Head Coach  

Competence & Performance Requirements

  • World Championships - Competency High, Performance Medium. (Target Event)
  • World Cup - Competency Medium, Performance Low. (Development Event)
  • Senior Europeans - Competency Medium, Performance Low. (Development Event)
  • Junior World Championships - Competency Medium. Performance Low (Target Event)
  • Under 23 Worlds - Competency Medium. Performance Low. (Development Event)
The 2017 increased competency rating for the World Championships reflect the more challenging course, and nature of the venues. Our rationale centres around we regard it appropriate that the athletes are expected to be of a standard to be able to cope with the courses for safety purpose. The ratings for the other events are appropriate for the events and rivers under normal water conditions. The performance standards for 2017 with the exception of the World Championships have been retained at low. The rationale for this is to maintain the momentum of increased numbers competing for selection, with a view to increased competition levels for available places, thus leading to higher standards as a greater number of athletes compete.
The increased level for the World Championships reflects the desire for continued performance progression and higher competition for places.   We have seen good evidence of this in the last year and it is vital that the momentum is maintained, to encourage participation and encourage transfer from across the paddle sport disciplines. The target events for 2017 should be the Senior Sprint World Championships and Junior World Championships. This allows for team event medal possibility to be developed over the coming year, which is the area identified as the highest potential for medal possibility.  The two events termed as development (World Cup/Under 23/European Champs) should be made available to paddlers not selected for the aforementioned events where athletes from the worlds team do not - 
  • elect to take places
  • do not meet the criteria (U23) 
  • or more places exist (world cup)

Coaching Team 2017

  • Head Coach –  Paul Anderson
  • Performance Director – Jamie Christie
  • National Coach – Nicky Cresser
  • National Coach – Grant Anderson
  • Senior Team Manager  – Paul Anderson
  • Junior Team Manager – Nicky Cresser
  • Regional Coach - Russ Smith
  • Regional Coach – Nigel Stevenson
  • Regional Coach – Ross Pearton
  • Regional Coach - Mackon Khela
  • Regional Coach – Carl Foody
  • Regional Coach – Fraser Gormal
  • Regional Coach – Cynthia Berry
  • Regional Coach – Neal Underwood
  • Regional Coach – Kevin Barrowbank 
Membership to the British Squad will reflect the performance standards as set. The basic ethos of membership is to develop those athletes who are committed to British Team Selection in the next 2 years or those who have been identified as having that potential. 
Squad Membership is defined as: 2016 British Team athletes, or invite by agreement of head coach/coaching team, but will be aimed at encouraging maximum participation. 
Attendance at squad training (see below for dates) is not mandatory but athletes are encouraged and attendance  will be a factor considered by the coaching team in selection recommendations. The nominated events will have members of the national coaching team to  lead and direct. 
Competency levels for GB selection will for the 2017 season be assessed at the respective selection events only for the senior world championships, and at selection events plus the Grandtully training camp in February for the other events. Carl Foody will undertake the role as core assessor with  the Head Coach as the designated “Controller” and co-assessor. Competence will thus be a part of selection, however the assessor may take into account recent (past 12 months) knowledge. 

Training Events

  • Coach Supported Event – Tour of the North November 2016 (PA/NC/CF/FG) 
  • SCA Xmas Squad Training – W/C 12th December (SCA Event but open invite) 
  • Nottingham – 14th – 15th January 2017 (GA/JC) 
  • Grandtully WWR & Squad Training – 15th- 19th February 2017 (NC/PA/CF/FG) 
Pau Training Camp - 8,9,10 March 2017. This camp will be self funded and self-organised regarding logistics. Application to attend will be made through the Head Coach. This event is designed to support athletes that can meet the HIGH competence rating at selection and are seeking World Championship Selection.

SCA Training Camp

SCA Training Camp WWR - Grandtully 12th-17th December 2016.

There will be coach supported training event, for WWR athletes the week commencing 12th December 2016 until Saturday 17th December.

National Coaches Paul Anderson & Carol Foody will be on site to organise and support athletes who aspire to GB team representation in the following season or next 3 years.

Paddlers should be self sufficient and capable of canoeing in WWR craft on grade 3/4 water. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult as coaches will not be present on the water at all times.

The week will focus on technical movinng water elements, and core training/preparation. There will be a fee of £10 per athlete.

Those wishing to attend please contact GB Head Coach Paul Anderson and indicate which days you wish to attend - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest British Canoeing Event Safety Management Advice

Best practice guidance is now available to coaches on the British Canoeing Website and through the Documents 'British Canoeing Terms of Reference' and British Canoeing Safety Guidelines for Paddlers, Clubs and Volunteers, with insurance issues also covered through the British Canoeing Insurance Micro Site.

 -        Matters specifically referenced within the British Canoeing Safety Guidelines for Paddlers, Clubs and Volunteers document include;

-        A guide to risk assessment                                                                              

-        A guide to risk management and risk assessment in Paddlesport                  

-        Guidance notes on generic and site/activity specific risk assessment            

-        Paddlesport Operational Considerations                                                        

-        Dynamic Risk Assessment in Paddlesport: The safe Person Concept          

-        Notifying incidents and accidents                                                                    


ACM Reminder

A quick reminder: The ACM is on 26th November 2016, approx17:00 (straight after the race on the Tyne Venue: Hexham canoe hut at the side of the green Hexham -

Tour of the North 2016 coming up on 26th & 27th November

Tour of the North 2016 coming up soon: Tyne Classic Regional race – 26 Nov. Tees Classic & Sprint National Races – Sun 27 Nov 2016. Includes Wavehopper race

SATURDAY: Tyne Classic & Team Event. Start approx. 11.00. meet from 9.00 am for warm up at quarry NE46 4RY

SUNDAY: Meet at Eggleston DL12 9EQ at 9.00am for Tees Classic, followed by Tees Sprint at Abbey rapids - afternoon

Please note all times are approx. If you pre enter you will be informed of any changes

Exact locations and times may vary depending on water levels.

. Race Entries: £20 (for three races)  late entries  £2.50 extra

Entries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BUCS WWR 19th & 20th November

The BUCS Wild Water Race is an annual inter-university canoeing race held on the River Washburn. There is a classic time-trial race on the Saturday and a sprint time-trial on the Sunday. The event is organised by The Friends of Durham University Canoe Club.

2016/2017 Race

The 2016/2017 BUCS Wild Water Race will be held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th November on the Washburn. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

2016 Event Summary:

  • Dates: 19th and 20th November 2016
  • Venue: River Washburn, North Yorkshire
  • Camping: Thornthwaite Scout Campsite
  • Food: BBQ at the top of the course
  • Party: Thornthwaite Scout Campsite
  • Online Entries are done via BUCScore not via this website.
  • All classic events will run on Saturday
  • All sprint events will run on Sunday
  • There will be no formal start list - universities will have to take responsibility for organising themselves in the given time windows
  • The gap between competitors will be about 30 seconds
  • The campsite must be cleared by 9.30 on Sunday, any property left on the site after 10.00 will be disposed of.
  • Bibs should be retained on Saturday night for re-use on Sunday in the sprints - please see the bib list at the weekend for details



Latest Wavehopper Rankings

The latest Wavehopper Individual and Club Rankings are published on the website and on the WWR Facebook Site - "Wild Water Racing for Fun" Here 

Well done to Duddon for another very convincing win and to Rutland, The Sharks, Carlisle and Bradford & Bingley as runners up.

The results spreadsheets will be on Facebook for download and analysis - any questions please drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

I look forward to seeing even more competing across the UK during 2016/17

Wavehopper Club Rankings 2015/16

Red Spotty Background = Challenge Series Winner Purple Text = large Club i.e. a Club with more than 6 competitors at one or more events 
Club Total No. of Paddlers Representing Club Club Challenge Winner Challenge Series Club Prize Score Challenge Series Club Prize Rank
Duddon 30 Yes 750 1
Rutland 7 324 2
The Sharks 21 298 3
Carlisle 12 291 4
Bradford & Bingley 10 273 5
Winchester CC 6 249 6
PHCC 2 223 7
Chester 9 150 8
IVCC 3 150 8
Hamble Sea Scouts 4 149 10
Hexham 7 149 10
Oxford Uny 6 148 12
Bolton  6 146 13
Paddle Plus 2 123 14
Coquet Shorebase 5 117 15
Malton + Norton 2 75 16
78 leicester 3 74 17
Independent 2 74 17
Copeland CC 2 50 19
LUKS 2 50 19
Oakwood 1 50 19
Pennine CC 2 49 22
Eastleigh Scouts 1 48 23
Axe Vale CC 1 25 24
Boat House Paddlers 1 25 24
Breakout 1 25 24
Dyffryn Clwyd 1 25 24
HPPCC 1 25 24
Liverpool 1 25 24
NKC 1 24 30
Wigan 1 24 30