What does the Club do?


The Club is primarily a recreational paddlesport club. Our activities include:-

Visit our Diary of events for our current programme of activities on  rivers/ navigations, reservoirs, sea and white water. 

 Purley Canoe Club at the Purley Festival
Purley Canoe Club at the Purley Festival



Pool Sessions

From September to May we hold Pool Sessions, in a school swimming pool, on Saturday evenings, where our Club coaches can offer training to our members.

Once a month we hold a children’s pool session, which is open to children of 7 to 12 year old. This is a fun session for kids so they can enjoy paddling a variety of boats in the pool. 

Please read our news article about the fun we have at our Pool Sessions.




Day Trips on local rivers

river tripA typical day trip on a local river or on the sea would be around four to eight miles, depending upon the ability of the group and the water conditions. However, as you will see from our diary of events, our River Trips cover a wide range of recreational paddling. The club has a variety of boats and equipment to hire.

Throughout the year we paddle local rivers like the Thames, Wey, Mole and Medway.


Weekend Trips, White water paddling & Sea trips

campingFour or five times a year we organise weekend trips, either camping or staying in budget accommodation. Trips in the last few years have included, canoe camping on the Thames, white water paddling in Devon and Wales, touring the River Wye and sea kayaking on the south coast, including Dover, Brighton and Littlehampton.



Go Canoeing & British Canoeing Training/ Assessment Days

basic logo text 3 finalOther activities are also arranged such as our annual “Go Canoeing” event, our “Come and try it sessions” or our “Training days“.

The Club is a “BC Personal Performance Awards Provider” which enables our members to achieve the New BC Go Paddling Awards and the BC Personal Performance Awards. 

We also participate in activities with other canoe clubs e.g. the “Carboard boat race” as well as taking part in other British Canoeing events, Open Canoeing Association events, and our local Purley Festival.

Please read out news Blog about our British Canoe FSRT (Foundation Safety & Rescue Training) Course



Social evenings

IMGP1466.2On the last Wednesday of each month Purley Canoe Club has a social evening in Purley at Purley Social Club. This provides an opportunity for Club members to get together and share their paddling stories or just have a drink with friends. It is also our venue for our annual presentation of the Club’s Touring award which is presented to the adult and junior member who paddles the most miles in a year.