Find a Coach

With all watersports, it’s best to learn under the guidance of an experienced and qualified coach. They can make sure your introduction to the sport is fun and safe and – added bonus – signpost you to the best clubs and paddling routes in your area. 

Get started by choosing the category you would like to see below.

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Interactive Map

Find clubs and activity providers in London, Kent and Essex. Sort by moorings, access points and your nearest chandler for boat supplies – use the search function to the right of the map.

Want to add your organisation to the map? Send the name, location, website, and contact details via this form and we will update it.

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