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University of Bristol Canoe Club

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Welcome to The University of Bristol Canoe Club.

About us:

We're a busy and active club covering lots of paddling including white water, canoe polo, slalom, playboating and surfing. Anyone is welcome to join whether you've never even been paddling or have done it for years- any ability is welcome. We have weekly socials and run regular weekend trips either for whitewater river running or canoe polo tournaments. Despite our name, we actually kayak not canoe!




Wednesday- 1.30pm- Docks polo sessions

Wednesday- 9-10pm- White water skills pool session

Friday- 9-10pm- Canoe polo training session


Weekends usually consist of trips either to go white water paddling, kayak surfing or canoe polo tournaments including BUCS.


Our pool sessions take place in the SU Richmond Building. Our docks sessions take place at the Brunel Lock Pitch.



White water:

To try and fit in as much paddling as possible, we have several weekend trips throughout the year as well as day trips to Dartmoor and Wales. We frequently paddle the Dart, the Exe, the Usk and the Dee. An extended trip to Scotland occurs during Easter before ending the year with a 2 week trip to the French Alps. Our Wednesday pool sessions help teach you the skills required for paddling on moving water.





Canoe polo: 

We have 3 teams that compete regularly. We play in a South West University Polo League (SWUPL) as well as away weekend tournaments in London and Cardiff. Finally the year cumulates in our BUCS competition in Nottingham. 


Last year our Open team came 4th in SWUPL and placed 19th at BUCS. Our Ladies team managed to retain their SWUPL title for the second year running and came 10th at BUCS which meant they just missed out on BUCS points. The B team came 11th at BUCS too. 


Anyone is welcome to come and try this sport. It is like water polo but in kayaks and really fun!






We have weekly socials that range from the pub after the pool, non drinking socials such as Airhop or bouldering to nights out. We have a Christmas and Annual meal as well as our annual Fitz fundraiser for safety equipment for the club. We're a pretty friendly bunch!




All kit is supplied that you need to get you on the water-yes everything!  In order to attend pool sessions, you need a BeActive sports pass too.


Find out more:

Facebook page-

Facebook group-   (this is a closed group so your request to join must be approved first!)



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Committee Contacts:

Captain- Izzi Gilmour

Vice Captain- Will Walker

Treasurer- Edoardo Benali

Secretary- Lizzie Bywater

Kit Officer- Hayden Isaac

Polo Officer- Lucy Willcocks

Training and Development Officer-  Steve Kahn

Social Secretary- Simon Bennison

Communications Secretary- Martin Lee


Any questions, do not hesitate to message any of our committee, email the club account or (Captain).


UoBCC Equality Statement

We are committed to providing a friendly and safe environment for all students to be able to participate and excel in kayaking. We will stand up against any form of discrimination, harassment or victimisation that occurs within our club sessions or externally.

We want to make kayaking accessible for all and if you have any suggestions about how we can improve this, please do not hesitate in letting our committee know. As UoBCC, we aim to remove any actual and potential barriers against kayaking and provide equal opportunities to all to enjoy our sport, improve their skills and have fun.


UoBCC Sustainability Statement

Here at UoBCC, we know sustainability is not just about recycling, its about making the world a happy and healthy place; both now and in the future. We try to do our part in minimising the pollution in our waterways to minimise UoBCC's mark on the local area. We are committed to reducing our social, economic and environmental impact both locally and globally. This is why sustainability is one of our core values. 



Izzi Gilmour, Club Captain 



UoBCC Representation

Democracy is important, so:

  • Our Captain (or available committee members) will attend Student Council/Annual Members Meetings on behalf of the group
  • You can read our Constitution
  • Here are our AGM Minutes 2018
  • Any member of UoBCC can request the minutes from the weekly committee meetings from Lizzie Bywater as we aim to be transparent in what decisions the committee are making.

Terms and conditions

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By proceeding I understand that kayaking is an assumed risk activity and as such University of Bristol Canoe Club do not accept liability outside of its duty of care. Trips are led by experienced and competent club paddlers for the enjoyment of others in time given voluntarily. Their decision on whether a trip is safe to run is final; this includes forfeiture due to weather events and river conditions. I will inform the trip leader of any medical condition (current or previous) that may affect my ability to partake in the activity. In the event of unforeseen circumstances (extreme adverse weather, poor light etc.) and/or circumstances beyond the control of the University of Bristol Canoe Club, it may become necessary to curtail or cancel an event or trip. Although unlikely, we regret that in the occurrence of such an event reimbursement of part or all of the costs will be based upon the nature of the event and the ability of the club to recover costs outlaid. Please speak with a member of the committee if you have any questions.

You must be able to swim a minimum of 25m in order to join UoBCC


Membership Fee Inclusions

Your membership fee covers hire of kit. Additional expenses (eg for petrol) are usually required for trips.


Service Standards

All Club or Society members can expect to receive:

  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.

  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).

  • The opportunity to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams with canoe polo.


Code of Conduct

When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.

Download the Code of Conduct


Refund Policy

Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing

Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


For more information on Bristol Hub visit:


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.