Heath and Safety

Your health and saftey is important to us and this page provides links and information to make your experience of canoeing a safe one.


Leptospirosis or Weils disease is a bacteria that can be present in river water or wet river banks. Rather than giving a full explentation we have provided several links to some infornmative information about the condition.

General Saftey

The following is produced by the BCU as a general guide to your saftey.

Canoeing is a risk activity but accidents can be avoided by a combination of training, based on the accepted code of technique and safety, and experience gathered over a number of years, where techniques are acquired and practiced under the shadow of a leader.

Accidents can be placed in three broad categories:

If you follow some of the following golden rules then it is a good place to start to be safe: