Lower Wharfe Canoe Club

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Lower Wharfe Canoe club is a family orientated club, with a base at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool in the winter, and Bishopthorpe on the River Ouse in the summer. We have a wide range of members aged eight to eighty who enjoy the sports of canoeing and kayaking.

We are a friendly welcoming club that run many water and non-water based events that are well attended. The club has a large number of both adults and children who enjoy the sport and develop their skills onto faster moving water, and into high level competitions through the slalom section, with our most successful paddlers going on to compete for Great Britain at international events.

The club is open to all abilities and it is a great place to come along and have a go at a new activity. To join please select membership when using our contact form.

See the attachment below for our 2022 programme to give you a flavour of our events. It should be noted that events can be added, changed or removed subject to water & weather conditions plus coaches availability, so please make sure you book on our WebCollect booking system to ensure that you are kept up top date on plans. We now have a spring/summer 2023 event programme, please sign up to webcollect & you will receive emails or watch our Facebook page for details of these events & any additional events we add through the year.

Club Organisation

The Club is run entirely by volunteers. At the AGM in November 2021 the following were elected:

  • Club Chair – Jim Philpott
  • Treasurer – David Mitchell
  • Secretary – Heather Lindsay
  • Membership Secretary – Ann Mitchell
  • Welfare – Mike Minihan
  • Deputy Welfare – Fran Shaw
  • Publicity / Communication – TBC
  • Social – TBC
  • Pool – Helen Richardson
  • Coach Development -TBC
  • Touring – Simon Lowe
  • Slalom – Martin Brown
  • Equipment – Amanda Shaw
  • Whitewater – Archie Richardson
  • Polo – Isobel Kimber

Any of these members may be contacted directy using the contact form


The Club offers training & testing for the British Canoeing Paddle Awards through its own team of BCU coaches. Training and assessment up to Explore Personal Performance is available and club coaches can train for discipline specific awards and arrange assessment. Leadership, Coaching &Foundation Safety and Rescue Training and assessments can also be arranged. Would all those interested in training or testing please register with a senior committee member. See Club Documents for more detail on how we implement the British Canoeing Awards.


The Club owns a fleet of kayaks and canoes together with ancillary equipment. This equipment is available for use during club paddles only, but must be booked the week prior to the event at the latest – bookings are taken at pool reception on Sunday Pool Night or at Thursday Club Night. See menu item at the top for more details.


Book Events & join or renew your membership: Use this link to our WebCollect system


Lower Wharfe Canoe Club