Question: Do you need a Licence to kayak in the UK?

How much is a kayak licence in UK?

Anyone can get a licence, but it’s something you should probably buy if you paddle on inland waterways in England and Wales. The licence costs £45 for the year when you purchase through British Canoeing and covers around 4,500km of waterways.

Can I kayak anywhere in the UK?

In England & Wales, you can kayak anywhere you like, free of charge, on tidal waters except those which are off limits as above. The effect of the tide extends far up many rivers. … The general rule is that if a river was once a highway for commercial traffic, it is still a highway and can be used by kayakers.

Do you need a licence to kayak on the sea?

If you’re paddling on the sea, estuaries or tidal water you will not require a waterways licence. … You’ll also find that there are a number of lakes and reservoirs that do not require a waterways licence, though they may require a day permit.

What is needed to start kayaking UK?

So we’ve persuaded you to give it a go… now all you need is:

  1. A kayak.
  2. A paddle – kayak paddles, unlike canoe paddles, have a blade on each end and you hold the middle (the shaft). …
  3. Safety equipment – a buoyancy aid or other floatation device should be worn when kayaking.
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What side of the river do you kayak on?

River traffic should keep to the right of the main channel. Kayakers can generally avoid the busy, central channel and can paddle on the quieter water on the side of the river.

Do I need to insure my kayak?

However, it’s important to have public liability insurance even if you are not intending to paddle on waterways that require a license. Public liability will cover injuries or damage to members of the public or their property, caused by your negligence directly linked to the use of your canoe.

Where can I use my kayak in the UK?

Best kayaking and canoeing in England – From sea kayaking to lazy touring in Lake District

  • Cornish Beaches and Rivers. …
  • Lake District and Derwentwater Foreshore. …
  • Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary in Devon. …
  • Studland Bay and Dorset Jurassic Coast. …
  • River Wey and Wey Navigations in Surrey. …
  • Loch Morlich.

Can a river be private property UK?

In England and Wales less than 4% of the 41,000 miles (68,000km) of rivers have public access. … But the vast majority of rivers are inaccessible to the public. The person who owns the riverbank – the riparian owner – also owns the river bed.

Can you launch a kayak anywhere?

Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards do not need to use boat ramps. You can launch from just about anywhere there is permitted access. Keep your vehicle off ramps designed for trailer boats. Use cartop-only launch sites or other legal access, especially during the busy boating season or on weekends whenever you can.

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