The Open Canoe Association, founded in 1956, is affiliated to the BCU and is an Association of canoeing clubs and individual members from across the UK. It exists to promote the open canoe as an all-round, versatile craft, which can be used on placid, moving, white and open water.

We endeavour to have a full and varied programme of events that runs around the country throughout the year.

These are co-ordinated through a network of regional representatives and a national council.

Our annual rally in the spring is a consistent favourite with many.

New members are always welcome, regardless of age, experience or ability.

Families, women, young people and paddlers with a disability are especially welcome as are lone paddlers looking for a network of like-minded people who share a similar passion for open canoeing.

Our regular quarterly journal, the Open Canoeist, carries details of forthcoming events, articles on equipment, techniques, trips and members own paddling experiences.