Our range of paddle sports
The Lee Valley White Water Centre is an excellent venue to support a wide range of wonderful paddle sports. Our Club wishes to encourage members from a wide range of paddle sports to participate in what is available through the Club.
Our aim is to continue developing paddle sport opportunities for our members both at and away from the Lee Valley White Water Centre.
The Lee Valley White Water Centre was a 2012 Olympic site and is acclaimed for its world class facilities – but the scope of the Club is wider than Olympic disciplines and wider than competitive sports. We wish to see participation of all standards within a wide range of paddle sports represented by our different sections.
The Club was started with eight sections with ambitions to develop: Freestyle, Marathon, Polo, Rafting, Recreational paddling, Slalom, Sprint, Wild Water. The activities that we are able to provide at any given time do however reflect the interests of our members, the availability of our volunteers to run the activities, and for some disciplines, the available access to water. We always seek to offer more paddling opportunities and to expand the paddling disciplines available with sea kayaking and paddle boarding being two paddle sports our members also engage in.
Lee Valley Paddlesports Club it is not just about white water. Club members regularly train on Club Nights and weekends for endurance or sprint events and fun on the flat.
Email LVPCmembership@gmail.com to get involved.
So, whether you are an experienced paddler or want to try for the first time, please get in contact and find out the availability of our next sessions that would be suitable for you.
We are absolutely delighted by the number of people, representing a range of age groups, that are joining us to try canoeing and rafting for the first time. We may be based at an Olympic venue, but our sport is about having fun. Our ongoing plan is for recreational paddling to evolve with the interests of our members, the starting point being our Wednesday Club Night using the Lake and Legacy Loop of the Lee Valley White Water Centre, and the River Lee Navigation alongside the Centre.
Come and join Lee Valley Paddlesports Club to try Freestyle for the first time, or to perfect your technique. Our multi-times inter-club championship winning freestylers look forward to you joining them whatever your current standard.
With fantastic white water available at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, we very quickly became big on rafting. We have raft crews from Under 19s to Masters with crews for men and women. Our raft crews have delivered many world championship medals for Great Britain, and we are rightly proud of their successes.
We are the resident club at the 2012 Olympic venue where Team GB took Gold and Silver medals. We aim to be number one – the top slalom club in the country, against very tough worthy competition. In 2017 we became the national club champions for the first time.
With two LVPC liveried canoes, we are excited to be able to offer members a whole new way to see the water! Get in touch for more details on how to get on the water with our canoes!
Preparation for marathon distances means putting in the miles on the water – especially when you are training for the annual Devizes to Westminster event.
If speed is your thing – get in to Sprint in kayak and/or canoe. Sprint events take place over distances of 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 metres in canoe and kayak disciplines. And you don’t need to race alone! There are also races in 2 and 4 crew boats.
Touring & Sea
When the opportunities are available our members like to travel further afield – mostly as peer paddle trips, but it has long been our ambition to establish a regular programme of Club trips as well.