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Get Started - Scottish Canoeing

Getting Started

Get Started - Scottish Canoeing

Getting Started

Get Started - Scottish Canoeing

Getting Started


Our sport offers a wide range of activities and disciplines, some based on competition and others, based on journeying and adventuring. Browse the range of disciplines available to find something for you.  

How can I get started?

The best way is by joining your local SCA Affiliated Club or by taking a course run by an Approved Paddlesport Provider. 90% of people living in Scotland live within 10 miles of an SCA Affiliated Club.

Visit an affiliated club or approved centre 

Visiting an Affiliated Club or Approved Paddlesport Provider is fun, safe and will help you to master the basic skills more quickly. Clubs and Providers welcome new faces and many run special sessions for newcomers. 

Go Canoeing Days

From April to October some SCA Approved Paddlesport Providers offer Go Canoeing taster sessions for beginners. These sessions are family friendly and ideal for absolute beginners- you do not need any experience, kit or special skills and it is suitable for everyone from 8 years old to 80 years old! Visit our events section for more information. 


The Scottish Canoe Association is the National Governing Body for Canoeing in Scotland. We are a membership organisation comprising around 3200 individual members including 1,750 qualified coaches. Membership provides a range of benefits and access to services. Join Today

Access to Water

Before you take to the water it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities of access. Check our our Where to Go pages.