Bideford Canoe Club aims to be accessible to all and has a wide and varied membership. As a club, we always welcome new members and are happy for you to join us irrespective of whether you are a complete beginner or a world champion! We try to be a friendly club with a relaxed atmosphere so you are sure to fit in.

The club welcomes members of all ages, with a general minimum of nine years, as anyone younger does not fit the equipment we have on offer. Family membership is always a popular choice.

One of the biggest benefits of being in the club is that it offers you the opportunity to meet up and paddle with a group of like minded individuals. Being a member does however bring with it a whole host of other benefits:

  • Use of club boats and equipment (for a nominal charge)
  • Access to advice and coaching from qualified or experienced paddlers
  • Regular and varied programme of trips and events to suit all
  • Frequent pool sessions to hone those skills
  • Active programme of social events

Cost of membership

The cost depends upon your circumstances. You can find the current membership rates in the table below.  Membership fees are due every January however new members joining later in the year will receive a discount.

New Members Joining in the period: Jan – Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec
Adult £35 £30 £25 £20 £15 £10
Junior (Under 18)/ Student/ Unemployed £25 £22 £19 £16 £13 £10
Family membership- per child of adult member £20 £17 £14 £11 £8 £5
Less £2 for British Canoeing member -£2 -£2 -£2 -£2 -£2 -£2

A £2 membership discount is available for those who are individual British Canoeing members. The additional charge is a requirement of BC as part of the club affiliation and covers a mandatory insurance provision.

How to join us

You can join by simply completing the membership form (which you can download below) and returning it to the club secretary via along with the required payment. If you are not sure if the club is for you then why not get in touch and discuss your options with the club secretary.

Membership Application Form

Application form for membership of Bideford Canoe Club (2024 version).

New Member Information

Useful information for members who are new to the club.