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SCA Canoeing Disciplines


The Scottish Canoe Association is the National Governing Body for Canoeing in Scotland. The SCA is also a founding member of British Canoeing. 

We are a membership organisation comprising around 3200 individual members including 1,750 qualified coaches. 

We have a network of affiliated clubs and  approved paddlesport providers throughout Scotland offering a range of canoe disciplines.

What we do

  • Represent our members’ interests within Scotland and, through British Canoeing, in the UK
  • Support individual and affiliated club development
  • Work to protect, improve and promote responsible access to water in Scotland and care of the environment
  • Support the achievements of Scottish paddlers at all levels including the sportscotland funded programmes for Olympic disciplines
  • Support and improve quality coaching for all forms of canoeing and kayaking
  • Provide conferences, exhibitions, events, tours and competitions
  • Publish information for members, on our website, in “Scottish Paddler” and in books such as Scottish White Water and the Scottish Touring Guide.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch via our contact page.

How we work

The SCA Board is responsible for high-level planning, governance, and compliance with legislation. SCA Committees deal with specific paddling development and planning and therefore play a key role in the delivery of SCA activities. The Board and Committees are strongly supported by employed staff in areas of Coaching & Development, Performance and Administration. Details of all Board members, Committee members and Staff can be found on the Contact page. Further details of the Committee structure and roles can be seen below. 

SCA Committees

An overview of the committee structure can be viewed here, and below are the terms of reference for each of the committees. 

Access & Environment Policy Committee - represent SCA Members’ concerning issues in the access and environment field with other governmental organisations, NGOs and other Sports Governing Bodies, and attempt to influence Scottish policy on access.

Access & Environment Network - represents SCA Members’ concerning ongoing issues in the access and environment field, and take action to resolve issues. 

Coaching & Development Committee - supports and represents SCA members, affiliated clubs and communities with their paddlesport needs and contribute to the delivery of the British Canoeing Coaching Scheme in Scotland.

Discipline Committees - supports and develops each discipline within the scope of the SCA and to provide opportunities for SCA members to participate and achieve success which matches their ambitions and ability.
The current discipline committees are:- Canoe Polo, Marathon Racing, Slalom, Sprint Racing, Surf, Wild Water Racing

Recreation Committee - supports and represents SCA members, affiliated clubs and communities with their recreational paddlesport needs and contribute to the safe delivery of recreational events/activities across Scotland.

Recreation Event Organising Committee – responsible for safe, fun and effective organisation of a specific event, activity or series of activities.

SCA Plan 2017-2021

The Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2021 was developed between January and September 2016 in consultation with members and partners.

There are 7 areas of focus in addition to the current SCA activities:

These are underpinned by:

  • Good governance
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Sound infrastructure, systems and reporting
  • People who are engaged, committed and well trained
  • Partnerships
  • Safety

Privacy and Data Protection

The SCA takes the privacy of indviduals and data protection extremely seriously

The SCA Privacy Notice and the main SCA policies concerning data protection are on the About page of the website under "SCA Policies and Documents"

Further information for SCA Clubs is in the Clubs GDPR section

In order to report a breach of data protection within the SCA please complete this online data breach form

Should you require further information or have any concerns about data protection please contact the SCA Data Protection Officer