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

Hamble River Raid 21 May 2016


This will count as a ranking regional race (run as part of the existing River raid race) for all qualifying WWR boats

Start Times from: 1330. Register by 1200 latest at Hamble quay

Hamble Quay, Hamble High Street, SO31 4HB

More details in the race upload section


Classic 5 miles (same water and similar course as River Hamble WWR) but you go from Hamble up to Bursledon and back to Hamble rather than from Bursledon to Hamble

Not suitable for novices


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Or see website www.hambleriverraid.com



Latest Assessments posted 15th March 2016 in the squad section of the website. This replaces earlier versions 


Message from Paul Anderson, Head Coach:

Dear Coaches,

 Below are attached the competency rating of athletes so far assessed. Each has been agreed by 3 national coaches and has been completed at the 3 designated training events as briefed and communicated in the 2016 plan.

In order to be eligible for GB selection  a medium rating must be achieved.

For those not as yet achieving this or presenting themselves for assessment the final opportunity will be the selection event itself. Those requiring such assessment will need to inform me ahead of the race where I will pass bib numbers to coaches I have asked to fulfil the assessing function on the day.

I will publish this list but ask you update your respective athletes to the awarded level.

It's been really pleasing to see so many make significant improvements this year and good standard racing at the  Scottish open.

I look forward to seeing everyone at selection.



Get Involved!

National Go Canoeing Week is our annual celebration of all things paddlesport from May 28th to JUne 5th 2016

There are lots of fun ways for you to take part. The miles you paddle will help to propel MacGregor, the British Canoeing mascot, on his journey around the UK and on to Rio and the Olympics.

Join the Journey and log the miles you paddle to help us reach our target of 30,000 miles!

Follow the website link to www.gocanoeingweek.org.uk

Race Levies

Race levy reminder.

Race organisers are asked to pay a levy of 50p per paddler per race for regional events and £1.00 for national events, subject to the race organiser not being out of pocket. This is a considerable reduction to the previous rule stating 50% of entry fees should be paid to the WWR committee. This money will go towards supporting other WWR events.

We trust in the honesty of each race organiser to pay these fees. The fees can be paid either by sending a cheque to:
Wendy Hockenhul at the BCU office:
National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, NG12 2LU

Cheques are to be made payable to "British Canoeing" and it is important that on the back of the cheque and in the info for an electronic transfer, it is written "WWR 2159" to ensure that it is filtered and lands into our account in the BCU system.

If you wish to pay electronically please email the secretary
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Barclays Bank Ltd
2 High Street Nottingham

British Canoe Union
20 63 25
IBAN: GB26BARC20632593316157

Can you also inform Julie or Lee when and how you are paying your fees, and the amount paid.

Youth Club Championship Rules

National Youth Club Championships.

1. The date and venue for the National Youth Club Championships will be published in the Calendar. There are five categories, Under 18, Under 16, Under 14, under 12, under 10, for all K1 Men, K1 Women, C1 and C2. Competitors must be below the relevant age at the beginning of the year of the relevant race season. (now changed to …. Beginning of the mid-season New Year ie 31st Dec.) The date of birth must be on the entry.

2. In all kayak classes, competitors may use WWR kayaks, Wavehoppers and any other kayak not longer than 4.0m and without a rudder. ………

3. Points for the National Youth Club Championships are awarded as follows.

          a) Individual Events.

Under 18, Under 16, Under 14, Under 12, and Under 10 points will allocated separately for each class, ………… 25 points 1st : 24 points 2nd etc. The six highest scoring results count towards club points.

            b) Team Events.

                        1st – 20 points, 2nd 18 points, 3rd 16 points , etc.

Two teams (of three) to score points for their Club, comprising of any combination of Youth paddlers.

4. The Club with the highest points total wins. In the event of a tie, the Club with the highest aggregate score of the two counting teams shall be the winner.

Irwell Race 20th March

We've got the Irwell Race coming up on 20th March at the Burrs Activity Centre - always great racing and hopefully the water won't be quite as high as in November. Normally fine for beginners! Any questions please drop me a line thanks to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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River Irwell, Burrs Activity Centre, Woodhill Road, Bury, BL8 1DA


The course is available from 0930. Competitors are advised to arrive early and walk the course before getting on to practice. It is also advisable to change after practicing and staying warm between the race briefing and getting on for the start of the race.


0930 – 1100 Free practice on river.
0930 - 1030 Late entries in the car park
1030 Race brief in the car park
1130 First sprint run 1 minute intervals
1230 Second Sprint Run 1 minute intervals

Directly after the second sprint run at approx. 1340 there will be the Club Team Race & open Canadian class all starting at two minute intervals. (We can have a break after the Kayak Team Race for clubs to get back to the start if needed)

1600 (approx.) Prize giving

The race timetable and club entry forms are available in the downloads folder under race promotions

Masters World Championships

The 2016 Wild Water World Championships will be held in Bosnia, between 1st - 5th June.

Provisional arrangements incorporate the Masters event within this, and to that end the Executive Committee and Coaching Team invite expressions of interest for those wishing to compete, for ratification by the GB Selection Committee.

There is no formal selection event, but the Head Coach will validate entries for suitability as GB entries are required to be approved by the governing body.

This event is self-funded with no formal support supplied, and athletes will need to be self-sufficient. Those seeking selection should contact Head Coach Paul Anderson -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Under 23 Pre World Championships

Subject: Under 23 Pre World Championships

This 2016 Junior World WWR Championships will be held between 18th - 24th July, on the river Mau, Austria.

 The organisers have now just confirmed that an Under 23 Pre-Worlds Event will also be run in conjunction with this event.

 Athletes wishing to be considered for this event must register for GB selection and compete at the selection event at Grandtully on 16th & 17th April. Medium competency rating is also required as per the assessment for the Junior competition.

 It is the desire of the coaching team that the event is a development opportunity and we encourage athletes within this age category to consider this. The event will be self-funded and athletes will need to be self-sufficient attending and make own arrangements, however a manager and possible coaching support will be made available through the junior structure.

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GB Selection races - Tully 16 and 17 April

GB Selection Race 2016 - registration for gb teams closes on April 15th. Please register and send entries to Julie Lewis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After a very succesful weekend's racing in Tully at the Scottish Open, with over 50 competitors each day we are pleased to announce that entries for the selection race in April are still open.

Please note all competitors must show proof of either BC/SCA/WCA individual current membership either by sending a scanned copy beforehand or by bringing their membership card on the day. Paddlers will not be allowed to race without this.

Please see poster for more details or contact Julie, Callum or Paul for more information at:

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Scottish Open Feb 20 & 21 2016


Only a week to go to the Scottish Open and Closed championships at Grandtully. 

Don't miss out on the opportunity to race this fantastic venue and practice ready for selection.

Enter now!!!

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