Are the Rio 2016 Olympics tempting you to try kayaking?


Published on: 11 August 2016

Article type: General News

With the Rio 2016 Olympics underway and Team GB celebrating Joe Clarke's gold medal success in the K1 canoe slalom final, why not try canoeing or kayaking yourself?

There are plenty of events across the UK that offer taster sessions, plus many venues where you can book onto a course to get to grips with the basics or improve your skills.

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Why try canoeing?

Canoeing is a great way to escape and visit places that are normally hard to reach by foot or car, as well as being healthy exercise and a fun activity to enjoy with friends and family or all ages and fitness levels.

To get started you don't need any expensive equipment, you don't need to know any special language and you don't even need to be that fit!

Man in a Kayak

What about kayaking?

Kayaking is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.

Kayaks are hugely versatile and you can find an activity to suit your interests whether it be day trips, touring, expeditions, polo, slalom, whitewater or surfing - there's something for everyone! If you want to escape from the bustle of modern life, why not use a kayak to go touring and explore the places that are otherwise hard to access by foot? But if you're more after an adrenaline rush, how about trying whitewater kayaking, which involves taking your kayak down rapids?

How can I get involved?

Go Canoeing Rio Start Up Events logo

Check out the boating events calendar to find out about events taking place across the UK.

Go Canoeing have their Rio Start Up Events taking place this month. Check out their Canoe Polo and PaddleFest events.

Read our guides on getting started in canoeing and kayaking.



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