Anyone familiar with Wikipedia will get the idea behind the OCA Wiki: it's a community-edited online "Resource Base"... with scope to develop, in time, into a full Canoeists' Encyclopedia.

A wiki (i/ˈwɪki/ wik-ee) is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser

We're currently working on a structure for core content - but we'll not let that stop us making a start - so keep checking back for additions and get in touch if you'd like to get involved!

The Important Places...

"Flipping through Dad's old slides it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, if I can bring back together these two things that were young once - my father and the Colorado river - I can somehow travel back in time to learn something of who my father was...

The narration is superb... but Dad's the real star of this beautiful film....

The Important Places...

"Flipping through Dad's old slides it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, if I can bring back together these two things that were young once - my father and the Colorado river - I can somehow travel back in time to learn something of who my father was...

The narration is superb... but Dad's the real star of this beautiful film....

Morall River Films - Introduction to Canoe Camping

Two years ago, Mark and Merri Morall of Morall River Films built up expectations of a DVD they had been working on by releasing "More than a River": a lush opening sequence, capturing the spirit of tripping and journeying in song as well as in great footage, and heightening anticipation by ending with Sigurd Olsen's famous line about the way of the canoe being "the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten"...

Morall River Films - Introduction to Canoe Camping

Two years ago, Mark and Merri Morall of Morall River Films built up expectations of a DVD they had been working on by releasing "More than a River": a lush opening sequence, capturing the spirit of tripping and journeying in song as well as in great footage, and heightening anticipation by ending with Sigurd Olsen's famous line about the way of the canoe being "the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten"...

Groups

Adventure Sailing

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Adventure sailing in in many way the most distinctive of all British open-canoe traditions.  That was true in the 1870s, and since the early 1990s, this tradition has witnessed a remarkable revival... one closely identified with a remarkable series of Scottish Coastal Canoe expeditions well documented through the Open Canoe Sailing Group's Gossip. 

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C-Boating UK

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C-Boating.uk

Ever wanted to know what those funny little canoes are all about?  Are you interested in pushing your whitewater paddling to a whole new level?

The team from C-Boating UK is always keen to help - so get in touch or get over to...

Camp Cooking

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For those who prefer to eat well when tripping and journeying...

Canoe Outfitting and DIY

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Once you've decided what you want to do... and how you want to do it... and you've found a more or less appropriate craft... how do you set about adapting what you've got and setting it up so that it's fit for purpose?

Please keep context in mind at all times - as what's "right" will vary depending on intended usage, approach, style and more.

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Canoe Touring - Weekend Trips and Beyond

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For many in the OCA, "canoeing" is defined by the use of the craft in a trip or journey, generally in a craft which only really makes sense when laden with enough kit to be fully self-sufficient for at least a long weekend - meaning it's perhaps more related to backpacking than to so-called "paddlesport".

With care, we can get into tripping and journeying from our very first time on the water.  Here, Morall River Films provide an introduction from across the pond.  It's arguably better than any introduction ever offered in the UK - enjoy :)

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Coastal Canoeing

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Britain's coastline gets explored by all manner of craft, from rowing boats to dinghies and from sea kayaks to yachts.  Most coastal canoeing tends to be in comparatively sheltered tidal waters (notably in estuaries and sea lochs), but recently, open canoes have been used to circumnavigate Anglesey, Mull, the Isle of Wight and Skye.

Getting Involved

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The Open Canoe Association was founded in 1956 and exists to promote the use of open canoes for independent adventure, exploration, journeying and self-development (see here).

Want to get involved with the OCA?  Get started here!

Headwaters - OCA e-Journal

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Join this group to follow everything we showcase from the world of Open Canoeing!

Much of our content will be added directly to this site: news, trip reports, equipment reviews, interviews and more.  We'll also highlight the best material from elsewhere on the web - including in partner sources such as:

  1. Cost £60pp (£65 non-member) Includes accommodation and breakfasts both mornings.

    Intended for solo or tandem. Introducing the skills required to paddle whitewater. Suitable as an introduction to the skills for 3*. Further details from Pete Seymour email: pete.seymour@opencanoe.info

    These are the annual weekends on the River Dart, which are offered as an introduction to white water. We expect the
    participant mix to be similar to previous years, with those who have attended before and those attending for the first time.
    The experienced coach / leader team will introduce and improve your skills in the art of canoeing white-water using the lower
    River Dart, which is a Grade 2 river.
    If you have any concerns about your possible performance, on Saturday we have the facility to be able to place an
    experienced canoeist with either solo or doubles participants. The experienced canoeist will assist to improve your skills,
    confidence and experience. On the Sunday you may then paddle either solo or with your doubles partner.
    If this facility is required I must be informed when your booking is made.
    You MUST come equipped ready for two hard days canoeing, possibly in poor weather conditions (Note: you can expect
    some bumps, scratches and scrapes on you canoe and you could get very wet).
    Please ensure that you have all the equipment that you require, i.e. buoyancy aid, helmet, spare paddle, strong footwear,
    flask, emergency food/hot drink, wet / dry suit etc. and adequate buoyancy at either end of the canoe.
    If you have a pole and / or lining and tracking equipment, bring them and you can try them out.
    The above may sound daunting, but our aim is that all participants, including the trainers will have a safe, enjoyable, learning
    experience at these weekends.
    If you have any queries please contact organiser.
    Accommodation
    We will be using the William Pengelly Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon
    Parking is limited, but there is enough room if we make best use of the space.
    The Centre provides bunks, ranging from 2 to 8 beds per room; you supply all your own bedding. Room allocation will be via
    Centre notice boards. The Centre has male / female toilets and showers, but the drying facilities are limited.
    All cooking utensils, plates, cutlery, fridge etc. are provided and you may use the kitchen to prepare your meals or pub
    Food/Takeaways are available locally. You will need to provide packed lunches, including hot drinks, for Saturday and
    Sunday.
    To avoid early morning bedlam in the kitchen, breakfast is provided and included in the cost. You may not enter the kitchen
    whilst the breakfast is being prepared and provided. Any special needs please indicate as requested on the booking form.
    Booking Form HERE

  2. Cost £60pp (£65 non-member) Includes accommodation and breakfasts both mornings.

    Intended for solo or tandem. Introducing the skills required to paddle whitewater. Suitable as an introduction to the skills for 3*. Further details from Pete Seymour email: pete.seymour@opencanoe.info

    These are the annual weekends on the River Dart, which are offered as an introduction to white water. We expect the
    participant mix to be similar to previous years, with those who have attended before and those attending for the first time.
    The experienced coach / leader team will introduce and improve your skills in the art of canoeing white-water using the lower
    River Dart, which is a Grade 2 river.
    If you have any concerns about your possible performance, on Saturday we have the facility to be able to place an
    experienced canoeist with either solo or doubles participants. The experienced canoeist will assist to improve your skills,
    confidence and experience. On the Sunday you may then paddle either solo or with your doubles partner.
    If this facility is required I must be informed when your booking is made.
    You MUST come equipped ready for two hard days canoeing, possibly in poor weather conditions (Note: you can expect
    some bumps, scratches and scrapes on you canoe and you could get very wet).
    Please ensure that you have all the equipment that you require, i.e. buoyancy aid, helmet, spare paddle, strong footwear,
    flask, emergency food/hot drink, wet / dry suit etc. and adequate buoyancy at either end of the canoe.
    If you have a pole and / or lining and tracking equipment, bring them and you can try them out.
    The above may sound daunting, but our aim is that all participants, including the trainers will have a safe, enjoyable, learning
    experience at these weekends.
    If you have any queries please contact organiser.
    Accommodation
    We will be using the William Pengelly Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon
    Parking is limited, but there is enough room if we make best use of the space.
    The Centre provides bunks, ranging from 2 to 8 beds per room; you supply all your own bedding. Room allocation will be via
    Centre notice boards. The Centre has male / female toilets and showers, but the drying facilities are limited.
    All cooking utensils, plates, cutlery, fridge etc. are provided and you may use the kitchen to prepare your meals or pub
    Food/Takeaways are available locally. You will need to provide packed lunches, including hot drinks, for Saturday and
    Sunday.
    To avoid early morning bedlam in the kitchen, breakfast is provided and included in the cost. You may not enter the kitchen
    whilst the breakfast is being prepared and provided. Any special needs please indicate as requested on the booking form.
    Booking Form HERE

  3. Cost £60pp (£65 non-member) Includes accommodation and breakfasts both mornings.

    Intended for solo or tandem. Introducing the skills required to paddle whitewater. Suitable as an introduction to the skills for 3*. Further details from Pete Seymour email: pete.seymour@opencanoe.info

    These are the annual weekends on the River Dart, which are offered as an introduction to white water. We expect the
    participant mix to be similar to previous years, with those who have attended before and those attending for the first time.
    The experienced coach / leader team will introduce and improve your skills in the art of canoeing white-water using the lower
    River Dart, which is a Grade 2 river.
    If you have any concerns about your possible performance, on Saturday we have the facility to be able to place an
    experienced canoeist with either solo or doubles participants. The experienced canoeist will assist to improve your skills,
    confidence and experience. On the Sunday you may then paddle either solo or with your doubles partner.
    If this facility is required I must be informed when your booking is made.
    You MUST come equipped ready for two hard days canoeing, possibly in poor weather conditions (Note: you can expect
    some bumps, scratches and scrapes on you canoe and you could get very wet).
    Please ensure that you have all the equipment that you require, i.e. buoyancy aid, helmet, spare paddle, strong footwear,
    flask, emergency food/hot drink, wet / dry suit etc. and adequate buoyancy at either end of the canoe.
    If you have a pole and / or lining and tracking equipment, bring them and you can try them out.
    The above may sound daunting, but our aim is that all participants, including the trainers will have a safe, enjoyable, learning
    experience at these weekends.
    If you have any queries please contact organiser.
    Accommodation
    We will be using the William Pengelly Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon
    Parking is limited, but there is enough room if we make best use of the space.
    The Centre provides bunks, ranging from 2 to 8 beds per room; you supply all your own bedding. Room allocation will be via
    Centre notice boards. The Centre has male / female toilets and showers, but the drying facilities are limited.
    All cooking utensils, plates, cutlery, fridge etc. are provided and you may use the kitchen to prepare your meals or pub
    Food/Takeaways are available locally. You will need to provide packed lunches, including hot drinks, for Saturday and
    Sunday.
    To avoid early morning bedlam in the kitchen, breakfast is provided and included in the cost. You may not enter the kitchen
    whilst the breakfast is being prepared and provided. Any special needs please indicate as requested on the booking form.
    Booking Form HERE

  4. Cost £60pp (£65 non-member) Includes accommodation and breakfasts both mornings.

    Intended for solo or tandem. Introducing the skills required to paddle whitewater. Suitable as an introduction to the skills for 3*. Further details from Pete Seymour email: pete.seymour@opencanoe.info

    These are the annual weekends on the River Dart, which are offered as an introduction to white water. We expect the
    participant mix to be similar to previous years, with those who have attended before and those attending for the first time.
    The experienced coach / leader team will introduce and improve your skills in the art of canoeing white-water using the lower
    River Dart, which is a Grade 2 river.
    If you have any concerns about your possible performance, on Saturday we have the facility to be able to place an
    experienced canoeist with either solo or doubles participants. The experienced canoeist will assist to improve your skills,
    confidence and experience. On the Sunday you may then paddle either solo or with your doubles partner.
    If this facility is required I must be informed when your booking is made.
    You MUST come equipped ready for two hard days canoeing, possibly in poor weather conditions (Note: you can expect
    some bumps, scratches and scrapes on you canoe and you could get very wet).
    Please ensure that you have all the equipment that you require, i.e. buoyancy aid, helmet, spare paddle, strong footwear,
    flask, emergency food/hot drink, wet / dry suit etc. and adequate buoyancy at either end of the canoe.
    If you have a pole and / or lining and tracking equipment, bring them and you can try them out.
    The above may sound daunting, but our aim is that all participants, including the trainers will have a safe, enjoyable, learning
    experience at these weekends.
    If you have any queries please contact organiser.
    Accommodation
    We will be using the William Pengelly Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon
    Parking is limited, but there is enough room if we make best use of the space.
    The Centre provides bunks, ranging from 2 to 8 beds per room; you supply all your own bedding. Room allocation will be via
    Centre notice boards. The Centre has male / female toilets and showers, but the drying facilities are limited.
    All cooking utensils, plates, cutlery, fridge etc. are provided and you may use the kitchen to prepare your meals or pub
    Food/Takeaways are available locally. You will need to provide packed lunches, including hot drinks, for Saturday and
    Sunday.
    To avoid early morning bedlam in the kitchen, breakfast is provided and included in the cost. You may not enter the kitchen
    whilst the breakfast is being prepared and provided. Any special needs please indicate as requested on the booking form.
    Booking Form HERE

  5. Cost £60pp (£65 non-member) Includes accommodation and breakfasts both mornings.

    Intended for solo or tandem. Introducing the skills required to paddle whitewater. Suitable as an introduction to the skills for 3*. Further details from Pete Seymour email: pete.seymour@opencanoe.info

    These are the annual weekends on the River Dart, which are offered as an introduction to white water. We expect the
    participant mix to be similar to previous years, with those who have attended before and those attending for the first time.
    The experienced coach / leader team will introduce and improve your skills in the art of canoeing white-water using the lower
    River Dart, which is a Grade 2 river.
    If you have any concerns about your possible performance, on Saturday we have the facility to be able to place an
    experienced canoeist with either solo or doubles participants. The experienced canoeist will assist to improve your skills,
    confidence and experience. On the Sunday you may then paddle either solo or with your doubles partner.
    If this facility is required I must be informed when your booking is made.
    You MUST come equipped ready for two hard days canoeing, possibly in poor weather conditions (Note: you can expect
    some bumps, scratches and scrapes on you canoe and you could get very wet).
    Please ensure that you have all the equipment that you require, i.e. buoyancy aid, helmet, spare paddle, strong footwear,
    flask, emergency food/hot drink, wet / dry suit etc. and adequate buoyancy at either end of the canoe.
    If you have a pole and / or lining and tracking equipment, bring them and you can try them out.
    The above may sound daunting, but our aim is that all participants, including the trainers will have a safe, enjoyable, learning
    experience at these weekends.
    If you have any queries please contact organiser.
    Accommodation
    We will be using the William Pengelly Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon
    Parking is limited, but there is enough room if we make best use of the space.
    The Centre provides bunks, ranging from 2 to 8 beds per room; you supply all your own bedding. Room allocation will be via
    Centre notice boards. The Centre has male / female toilets and showers, but the drying facilities are limited.
    All cooking utensils, plates, cutlery, fridge etc. are provided and you may use the kitchen to prepare your meals or pub
    Food/Takeaways are available locally. You will need to provide packed lunches, including hot drinks, for Saturday and
    Sunday.
    To avoid early morning bedlam in the kitchen, breakfast is provided and included in the cost. You may not enter the kitchen
    whilst the breakfast is being prepared and provided. Any special needs please indicate as requested on the booking form.

    Booking Form  HERE

  6. Cost £60pp (£65 non-member) Includes accommodation and breakfasts both mornings.

    Intended for solo or tandem. Introducing the skills required to paddle whitewater. Suitable as an introduction to the skills for 3*. Further details from Pete Seymour email: pete.seymour@opencanoe.info

    These are the annual weekends on the River Dart, which are offered as an introduction to white water. We expect the
    participant mix to be similar to previous years, with those who have attended before and those attending for the first time.
    The experienced coach / leader team will introduce and improve your skills in the art of canoeing white-water using the lower
    River Dart, which is a Grade 2 river.
    If you have any concerns about your possible performance, on Saturday we have the facility to be able to place an
    experienced canoeist with either solo or doubles participants. The experienced canoeist will assist to improve your skills,
    confidence and experience. On the Sunday you may then paddle either solo or with your doubles partner.
    If this facility is required I must be informed when your booking is made.
    You MUST come equipped ready for two hard days canoeing, possibly in poor weather conditions (Note: you can expect
    some bumps, scratches and scrapes on you canoe and you could get very wet).
    Please ensure that you have all the equipment that you require, i.e. buoyancy aid, helmet, spare paddle, strong footwear,
    flask, emergency food/hot drink, wet / dry suit etc. and adequate buoyancy at either end of the canoe.
    If you have a pole and / or lining and tracking equipment, bring them and you can try them out.
    The above may sound daunting, but our aim is that all participants, including the trainers will have a safe, enjoyable, learning
    experience at these weekends.
    If you have any queries please contact organiser.
    Accommodation
    We will be using the William Pengelly Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon
    Parking is limited, but there is enough room if we make best use of the space.
    The Centre provides bunks, ranging from 2 to 8 beds per room; you supply all your own bedding. Room allocation will be via
    Centre notice boards. The Centre has male / female toilets and showers, but the drying facilities are limited.
    All cooking utensils, plates, cutlery, fridge etc. are provided and you may use the kitchen to prepare your meals or pub
    Food/Takeaways are available locally. You will need to provide packed lunches, including hot drinks, for Saturday and
    Sunday.
    To avoid early morning bedlam in the kitchen, breakfast is provided and included in the cost. You may not enter the kitchen
    whilst the breakfast is being prepared and provided. Any special needs please indicate as requested on the booking form.

    Booking Form  HERE

  7. As part of Canoefest 2017, the OCA took Quietwater "Style" Canoeing to the Beale Park Boatshow...

    Here's a write up from elsewhere:

    Years ago, Mark-Jan Dielemans​ was instrumental in popularising quietwater "style" canoeing within Europe. He ran International Symposia and attracted enthusiasts from far and wide. These had quite an impact, and many look back fondly on (for example) tandem Freestyle demonstrations from European enthusiasts Wouter​ and Annemieke Kieboom​.

    Here in the UK, Colin Broadway​ and others ensured these same traditions gained exposure and in recent years, Freestyle and "Canadian" style have become staples at our annual Canoe Symposia. In addition, Brits have travelled across the channel for more, including to Kringelfieber. In 2015 a few of us built on this by hosting our 
    inaugural Quietwater Plus conclave with Mark Maier​ and Lennart Bal

    This week, we have been at it again. Mark-Jan arranged for Paddle Canada guru Charles Burchill​ and ACA Freestyle gurus Jörg Wagner​ and Sebastian Stetter​ to be the main draw at Canoefest 2017... and by the final weekend, home grown talents were running short workshops in both traditions of quietwater "style" canoeing.

    The thanks of all concerned go to Mark-Jan for making all of this possible, and to the visiting specialists (including Frank Münker​). All contributed to a truly wonderful Canoefest, and to one which will hopefully kick-start the growth of our home-grown "quietwater plus" community 

    For Nick Dennis' blog see Carting a load of wood around- Canoefest- Part 2 Beale Park

    For the earlier part of the story goto Canoefest 2017 @ Hay-on-Wye

  8. Canoefest 2017 kicked off on the banks of the River Wye alongside the Hay Festival. Quietwater "Style" Canoeing took centre stage, but as ever, the weekend also included everything from tripping and "bushcraft" to the OCA's Annual General Meeting.

    Nick Dennis takes up the story: 

    We were blessed with good weather arriving at Hay on Wye on Friday 26th in stifling heat. OCA had the bottom section of the field adjacent to the river. There were loos, showers the large marquee and of course, a beer tent. It was also good of the Hay Festival organisers to coincide their event with Canoefest as we had a short walk into town to enjoy the delights of the world famous Hay Festival and to empty our wallets and purses in the variety of nice shops in Hay.

    To read Nick's full account goto Carting a load of wood around- Canoefest- Part 1 Hay on Wye

    For the rest of the story goto Canoefest 2017 @ Beale Park

  9. Three minutes of really classy footage showing how the Silverbirch Paddlesport Festival got folk introduced to canoeing on the newbie-friendly Lee Valley Legacy course - and a few clips showcasing open boats on the Olympic course. 

    OCA Members participated and OCA coaches ran workshops in this great weekend for showcasing canoeing. Newbies found their feet, older hands uppped their game and we converted a host of kayakers to "the dark side" and smiles were seen at every turn :)

    Ps. Great workshop titles - "Staying Ahead of the Game" with "High and Dry Lines" - "The Dark Side" smiley

    Details: http://www.paddlefestival.co.uk/

  10. Three minutes of really classy footage showing how the Silverbirch Paddlesport Festival got folk introduced to canoeing on the newbie-friendly Lee Valley Legacy course - and a few clips showcasing open boats on the Olympic course. 

    OCA Members participated and OCA coaches ran workshops in this great weekend for showcasing canoeing. Newbies found their feet, older hands uppped their game and we converted a host of kayakers to "the dark side" and smiles were seen at every turn :)

    Ps. Great workshop titles - "Staying Ahead of the Game" with "High and Dry Lines" - "The Dark Side" smiley

    Details: http://www.paddlefestival.co.uk/

  11. "Flipping through Dad's old slides it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, if I can bring back together these two things that were young once - my father and the Colorado river - I can somehow travel back in time to learn something of who my father was...

    The narration is superb... but Dad's the real star of this beautiful film....

    "When I was very young the smaller rivers and creek taught me a certain wisdom of flowing water, but they also gave me a sense of wonder [...] the first time I experienced the Colorado, water to flesh [...] inside [...] there was an awe which is indescribable [...]

    This film was Winner of the Most Inspirational Film award at the 2015 5Point Film Festival... and should feature on the big screen this weekend as it's part of the 2016 Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour.

  12. "Flipping through Dad's old slides it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, if I can bring back together these two things that were young once - my father and the Colorado river - I can somehow travel back in time to learn something of who my father was...

    The narration is superb... but Dad's the real star of this beautiful film....

    "When I was very young the smaller rivers and creek taught me a certain wisdom of flowing water, but they also gave me a sense of wonder [...] the first time I experienced the Colorado, water to flesh [...] inside [...] there was an awe which is indescribable [...]

    This film was Winner of the Most Inspirational Film award at the 2015 5Point Film Festival... and should feature on the big screen this weekend as it's part of the 2016 Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour.

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