Wensum Ospreys Canoe Club

How to get started

As with any new sport, to get started you need some basic equipment and someone to show you the ropes. There's no better place to find these than our canoe club. We provide a safe, fun and friendly environment in which to learn and we have equipment you can use and qualified instructors to help you get to grips with the fundamental skills. Our club is also great for meeting like minded people. We organise river trips and occasionally special 'come and try it' sessions for newcomers. The best way to find out more is to contact us by email or talk to one of our members.

Like all other outdoor activities we are currently unable to open our club hut for paddling activities due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

We aim to get everyone back on the water as soon as we have the all clear. We will contact all members with regular updates

The following is a copy of the advice from Canoe England

Text Box: British Canoeing has announced that in the interest of the safety and wellbeing of all members of our community, with regret we are extending the cancellation of all competitions, events and gatherings until at least 30 June 2020.

This decision to extend the cancellation of competitions, events and gatherings is in line with current government guidelines and stay at home measures, to tackle the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

British Canoeing will continue to work with all of the paddle sport discipline committees to review competitions and events beyond 30 June on a case by case basis and in line with any potential changes to government guidance.

We are also working with a number of other sports to share ideas and best practice to develop guidance on running events with social distancing for when competitions and events can take place.

New guidance issued on 1 May confirms that British Canoeing is working closely with national agencies to develop a phased return for sport and activity, with a clear focus on promoting individuals paddling back on the water - In line with agreed guidelines and imitations.


The Big Picture: Taking a step back to look at the big picture first, all forms of sport and active recreation other than running, walking and cycling have been suspended. No other community sport or active recreation is being encouraged. This is being driven by the government and reinforced by the arms’ length organisations including Sport England and the Environment Agency. 

Public health risks are real: There remain significant public health risks associated with COVID-19 and the way in which it can be spread. There is currently no effective treatment or vaccine for the virus which we know can be fatal in some cases. We all recognise that the NHS is under massive strain and the country is still in lockdown until further notice.

The frustrations: We fully recognise that this is a deeply frustrating position for our members and the wider paddlesport community, as our paths and parks are full of people walking and running, there are more cyclists on the road than normal, and yet our waterways are empty and paddling is being discouraged. 

The case for a return: Whilst we can make a compelling case why independent, socially responsible paddling should be allowed now and that that paddling can be done safely within social distancing guidelines, many other organisations will argue the same for their sport; angling, open water swimming, single sculls rowing, horse riding, rambling, climbing and golf to name just a few. The government is not yet ready to make the call for further relaxations at this time, for all the reasons we understand when we watch or read the news.

Some pictures of a past Derbyshire trip . . . We will be going back early in 2021

Our next event which is open to all members is our camping weekend on the outskirts of Cambridge.

This is a self catering camping weekend on our very own exclusive campsite.

There will be some special rules to ensure we are Covid Safe

All members are welcome to attend this event—please ask for details of our booking form and our special measures.

The weekend includes, camping, canoeing, games, eating, drinking, a camp fire and lots of other fun

Below some pictures from past camping trips to Cambridge......................................

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