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Welcome to Wigan Canoeing Group

Wigan Canoeing Group is a Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) recreation club which is based at Scotmans Flash, Wigan. The group is open to anyone over the age of 8 and of any ability. The club is open from March to November and meet twice a week where members split into different groups on the day. The club do not run a booking system and new members are advised to turn up before a session starts to gather equipment and be ready for the session start.

The groups are normally split in to beginners, intermediate and general paddling groups where each group are led by a qualified instructor in either kayak or canoe.

Session times:    

Thursdays: 6pm - 8pm  
Saturdays: 1pm - 3pm 

The club is run out of Wigan and St Helens Sailing Club, and is managed by a team of volunteers, which means we can keep the costs of each session low, with all monies being fed back in to the club to pay for the facilities, training and equipment.

New members are allowed to attend three sessions before being asked to join as members, the fees include, wetsuits, buoyancy aids, paddles and boats, all we ask is that you bring a pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet, please see the rules which discusses clothing and  equipment.

Sessions Fees: 

£3 per child (Ages 8+)          £5 per adult (Ages 18+)

Individual Membership Fees:


£10 per child                          £15 per adult   


Family Membership Fees:

First Paying Adult - Full Price – All additional members are the as the Individual membership less £5 per person.

As well as the two sessions at the flash each week, the club arrange trips on lakes and rivers throughout the year.  In the closed winter months, the club arrange for pool sessions where members can learn other skills.

About Us

Wigan Canoe Group was established in 1992 and is run by volunteers, to provide an extensive range of paddling activities primarily for people who live in the borough of Wigan. 


·       To provide a structure that allows for personal development and offers opportunities to share canoeing            and kayaking skills with others. 


·       To provide a safe, accessible and supportive environment for those wishing to participate. 

·       To build partnerships and links with other organisations that will enable enhanced opportunities for club          members.    

·       To provide an “open door” policy that effectively engages with the diverse population within the Wigan              Borough. 

·       To provide stimulating social events which promote a warm and inclusive club “atmosphere”.

Our Committee


Honorary Chairman

Philip Hampson

Eric Bradbury



Jenny Haunch

Fran Bywater

Welfare Officer

Assistant Welfare Officer

Kirsten Winterbottom

Bill Shields

Media Officer

Website Officer

Equipment Officer

Mark Ainscough

Ella Winterbottom

Steve Hitchen

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