Please follow the rules of the river and stay on the right hand side of the river.
Canoes are light and easy to tip over. Keep the canoe balanced at all times. Step
into the middle when getting in and out. Don’t lean over and don’t hit the bank.
Be aware of potential blind spots for other river users - although you might be able
to see them, they might not have seen you.
Look out for anglers. Remember to stay on the right hand side of the river but ask
their advice if concerned about their gear.
Be courteous when entering other designated water sports zones and if possible arrange
training at alternate times.
Paddle gently and at a distance from wildlife to minimise disturbance.
Don't drink alcohol while out on the water - judgement is impaired, awareness and
reaction times are reduced, you're more likely to trip, slip and fall, or capsize
- and if you fall in it’s very difficult to swim.
Never enter the water to rescue someone - reach, or throw a rope or anything that
Make sure you have suitable equipment in good order.
Take a buoyancy aid, high visibility clothing and footwear to protect your feet.
Take into account the weather forecast, tides, water flows and levels in relation
to your equipment and your ability and that of others if you are in a group.
Beware of Weil’s disease (leptospirosis) - cover all cuts and grazes with waterproof
plasters. It is a very rare but serious
infection with flu-like symptoms. If you have any concerns seek medical advice immediately.
Let someone know where you are going and when you are safely off the water.
At your launch site
Don’t cause an obstruction when parking. Don’t obstruct footpaths with your gear.
Make sure you have permission to use the site and always use the designated paths.
Launch and land with care where the bank-side has natural vegetation.
Clean your hands with antiseptic wipes before eating or drinking.
Take your rubbish home and recycle where possible.
Planning your trip
Canoeing or kayaking is not only a wonderful way to explore the broads and rivers,
but can provide a great chance to see the more reclusive wildlife such as otters.
This leaflet will help you enjoy canoeing, keep safe and look after The Broads.
• If you don’t have your own boat there are numerous places to hire them throughout
• If you are using your own boat you must have a Broads Authority licence to use
the navigable waters of the broads and rivers. If you are a British Canoe Union member
you are exempt from this provided your membership sticker is clearly displayed on
the canoe and you carry your membership card with you.
• To find out about The Broads, and for info on canoe hire and launch sites visit
the Broads Information Centres or www.broads-authority.gov.uk.
• The British Canoe Union will be able to help you with information and advice too
-www.bcu.org.uk. It also provides approved and certificated training which we particularly
recommend for kayakers.
Things to take in a waterproof bag to go in the canoe: