Join Us

How to become a club member

Joining Requirements

Prospective members who already hold a minimum of the BCU 1 Star or Paddle UK Discover Award are welcome to join at any time. Those with equivalent skills or experience can come for an informal paddle out with one of our coaches to assess the level. Those new to paddling or not familiar with closed cockpit kayaks and how to self-rescue must complete one of our Discover Award courses before attending club sessions.

If you’re thinking of joining, please contact us first so we know to expect you and can arrange an induction.

Beginners Course – The Discover Award

Our beginners course combines the Discover Award and PaddleSafer training and is delivered over two consecutive Saturdays. We have 3 scheduled courses this year, in May, June and August. Check out the Events page for more information and to sign up.

Please note that both sessions must be attended to complete the course and that Canoe Avon membership must be purchased prior to attending.

Once booked, beginners must arrange club membership as detailed below. Delivery of the Discover Award is solely for beginners joining the club. Those who have not arranged club membership prior to the course will not be eligible to attend.


Annual membership is a rolling membership which entitles you to use club equipment and facilities. We do not charge additional fee for using equipment at the club.


  • Adult membership is £60 per year
  • Junior membership is £35 per year
  • Family membership is £160 per year and covers up to 2 adults from the same household.


Juniors welcome to join as individual members provided they are accompanied by an adult family member or guardian whilst on the water.

Club Policies

The club has a number of policies that members are required to follow. Prospective members should at least familiarise themselves with the code of conduct and standard operating procedures as a minimum before joining.

How to Join

We use the Paddle UK Membership & Events Portal to manage club membership. To join Canoe Avon, you need to follow a 2-step process:

  1. Step 1 – Register yourself as a prospective member by following this link to the club’s page on the Paddle UK membership portal:

    Paddle UK Canoe Avon Sign Up

    Members of Paddle UK can alternatively search for the club through the portal club finder tool.

  2. Step 2 – Once registered, select and pay for your club membership. Membership options are available under the Membership tab in the portal. Please note that if no membership is selected within 2 weeks of registration, then registration will be rescinded.

Boat Storage

We may be able to offer personal boat storage for members depending on the size and type of boat. Boat storage is subject to availability at site and committee members must be contacted before purchase is made to confirm space is available for your boat.

Please note that while the site is fairly well secured, we cannot accept any liability for loss or damage to personal equipment stored. Members are strongly advised to arrange their own insurance when storing equipment.

Boat storage fees are £50 per boat per year and can be paid through BACS transfer. Please contact our Treasurer for details.