There is a diverse range of different paddling disciplines to suit all tastes. Along with the traditional competitive disciplines (including the two Olympic disciplines of Sprint and Slalom) there are several recreational disciplines involving everything from Open Canoeing and White Water Kayaking to Sea Kayaking.

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Marathon Open Polo Lakes Sea Slalom
Sit on Top Sprint Stand Up Paddle Board Surf White Water Wild Water Racing Touring

Rights and Responsibilities

Our Waterways & Environment Position Statement explains our position on access to waterways and environmental issues; and provides guidance to our members; to others paddlers in Wales; and to other stakeholders in their decisions about paddling in Wales.Canoe Wales believes that paddlers should be able to enjoy water responsibly, so we encourage you to paddle wherever and whenever you have the right to do so, within the law and with respect and consideration for others and the environment.

Within each of these pages we will, in due course, summarise what we understand the legal position to be, together with relevant information to help you understand the needs of other users and the environment. We will also provide general advice and guidance to help you look after our paddling environment - including the importance of CHECK, CLEAN, DRY when moving between different waterway areas. You can find out how to help protect our countryside by reading the Countryside Council for Wales' Waterside Code.

But because we cannot give definitive information about the appropriateness of each venue, on each day, in every condition, for every paddler, the decision whether or not to paddle at any location in Wales at any time is for you to make as an individual, taking into account the advice and guidance on these pages and from other relevant sources.


We will do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but while it will have been true on the day it was written, we cannot promise that it is still true on the day you read it – so you are advised to check locally before paddling. Much of the information comes from sources that are independent of Canoe Wales and we cannot guarantee, and accept no responsibility for, the accuracy of such information and content.

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