Introduction

White Rose Canoe Club is based in north Leeds and has around 150 members, making it one of Yorkshire's largest canoe clubs. We offer a wide range of events including many for families. Events range from easy canal and lake paddles through to more technical paddles on Grade 3 and 4 rivers or the sea in Yorkshire and other parts of the country.

Picture of two kayakers at Washburn Valley

The club is run by canoeing enthusiasts for canoeing enthusiasts of all kinds. We cater for kayaks, open canoes, touring, sea, surf, polo, disabled paddlers and white water paddlers. We do not have an age restriction, but you must be able to swim 50 metres or, if disabled, be happy to go underwater. Young people will need the permission of their parents or guardians to join the club. Parents must also be available to take and collect younger members to and from events.

For the absolute beginner we offer training by coaches through the British Canoeing Paddlepower and star tests. For the more experienced we can advise on the instructor awards, proficiency awards and white water tests.

For pool sessions you only need to present yourself in a swimming costume - all other equipment is provided. If you want to venture outdoors, the club can hire out canoes/kayaks and all equipment to get you started. Once a member, you receive discounts on leading brands of canoeing gear through local stockists.

A variety of sea, surf, white water and touring kayaking/canoeing is offered when possible with trips run locally to such venues at the Aire, Wharfe and the Ure as well as further afield.

The club also has a successful canoe polo section which competes in regional and national tournaments.