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#ShePaddles is a British Canoeing initiative that aims to encourage more women to take up paddling.

North Avon Canoe Club is a #ShePaddles Club

As a #ShePaddles Club, we are committed to providing safe and welcoming opportunities to paddle for women and girls. We actively promote gender balance in our coaching, leadership, and committee teams. We have a strong contingent of female paddlers, who currently make up 40% of the total membership, with ages ranging from teenagers to retirement age.

Our #ShePaddles Club Champion is Margarita – one of our club’s most experienced coach/leaders. The role of #ShePaddles Club Champion exists to promote a positive environment for women and girls to engage in all levels of club activity. Margarita can be contacted at

Some of our Female Paddlers having fun on the water:

At North Avon Canoe Club, we offer:

A friendly welcoming attitude
Low cost paddling opportunities as all paddles are led by volunteers
Good facilities at our base at Saltford with toilets, showers and changing rooms
Good club kit like kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, paddles, helmets and buoyancy aids in different sizes
Gently paced paddles where no one will be left behind
Opportunities to learn new skills and develop yourself
A mixture of female and male trip leaders and coaches
Evening or weekend paddles to fit in with your life’s commitments
Kids paddling course in the summer months
Socialising opportunities after paddling at a pub or coffee shop
Encouragement to try new things without any pressure
If you are seeking to stretch yourself and grow your comfort zone, the club offers a range of more challenging trips. You can find adrenaline on white water trips or have an adventure on a multi-day remote canoe expedition.