Who are we?

Gloucester Canoe Club (GCC) was formed by a group of enthusiastic canoeists who wanted to offer the sport out to others. This is still the same and paddlers of all ability and experience will always be welcome. We pride ourselves on being a social and friendly club, keeping as much informality as possible, whilst maintaining sufficient structure and organisation to participate in the sport safely.

When do we meet?

The club meet generally on the first and third Tuesday evenings between March and October at our boat store. Members are there between 6 and 6.30 hatching plans for the evenings paddling and entertainment. The first Tuesday of every month is training night where experienced paddlers will be on hand to help you with all aspects of your paddling, you ask and we can sort it out. We also offer sessions on local rivers on a number of Friday evenings from April through October and try to organise tours covering a range of interests and activities.  River sessions could be up or down stream ‘trips’ but also be based around skills development on moving water.

It is worth letting us know before a club night if you intend to come along as we can give you directions to our paddling spot and ensure there is essential kit if necessary, and also confirm we will actually be meeting there as we do use other locations around the county and beyond from time to time.

GCC History

Gloucester Canoe Club (GCC) was formed many years ago, over forty years we believe. The members are mixed bunch of people from all walks of life with a shared interest in getting fresh air, paddling and socialising.

Paddlers of all levels are welcome – existing members range from those who have paddled all over the world to those just starting out. There is always someone to paddle with and others to offer advise. The club is affiliated to the British Canoe Union (BCU) and are working towards BCU Clubmark status.

In 2015 the club merged with ADJ who have primarily been a ‘training’ club to teach people of all ages to canoe. ADJ arrange regular Friday paddles and these will continue. ADJ also bring some sea kayaking experience. The merger will provide a much wider range of opportunities with events organised on all kinds of water for paddlers of all abilities.