Upcoming Events

  • M4 of 2020
    Nine Elms Reach - Victoria Rail Bridge - Isophase Lights
  • M3 of 2020
    Lambeth Reach - Charing Cross Rail Bridge - UAV (Drone) Survey
  • M2 of 2020
    Kings Reach - Cannon Street & Blackfriars Rail Bridges - UAV (Drone) Surveys
  • M1 of 2020
    Upper Pool - The Tower of London - 2020 Gun Salutes
  • M73 of 2019
    Lower Pool - Wapping Police Station - Preparatory Works


Below is a selection of links to resources or further information relating to sea kayaking and touring.  This will evolve over time – please feel free to email suggestions to info@chelseakayakclub.co.uk or leave appropriate comments.

Friends of CKC

Brentford Boating Arch

Brentford FC CST

Seapoint Canoe Centre

Ocean Paddler Magazine

Link to the latest digital versions of Ocean Paddler Magazine:

Liquid Logistics

All CKC members are entitled to a 10% discount on Liquid Logistics courses and trips – simply mention you are a CKC member when booking to enjoy the discount.

Isle of Wight Sea Kayaking

Safety & Navigation Resources

Port of London Authority – general and night navigation advice for the tidal Thames

Code of Practice for rowing on the Tidal Thames above Putney details local navigation rules for the tidal Thames above Putney for vessels under oars, which include canoes and kayaks

Maritime and Coastguard Agency – general advice for kayakers

Environment Agency – one of the major navigation authorities in charge of inland rivers, estuaries and harbours in England and Wales

British Waterways – public corporation that cares for the 2,200-mile network of canals and rivers in England, Scotland and Wales

RNLI Sea Safety – The Complete Guide – essential information for all who go to sea

Coast Guard 66 – voluntary safety identification scheme

Sailtrain – aimed more at RYA but lots of useful information about bouyage and navigation

Metcheck – useful weather site

Wiley Nautical Almanac – comprehensive free almanac for southern UK

Admiralty Easy Tide – free 7 day tidal forecasts

Online Resources

UK Sea Kayak Guidebook – offshoot from the UK Rivers Guidebook dedicated to sea kayaking and includes loads of tips, information and articles

UK Rivers Guidebook – “Sea and Surf” Forum

Kayarchy – the sea kayaker’s online handbook and reference

South West Sea Kayaking – a new book by Mark Rainsley covering an area from the Isle of Wight to Cornwall

West Berkshire Sea Kayaking – a journal of Sea Kayaking Trips and other ‘outside’ stuff

Sea Kayak Routes – a podcast library of sea paddlers describing their latest / favourite / most epic sea kayaking routes

See Kayak – largest directory of sea kayaking related web sites

Kayak Paddling – Niko Hakkarainen’s excellent animated site on all the basics

Animated Knots by Grog – easy to follow site on how to tie just about any useful knot

Go Paddle – online resource for all paddlesports

National Governing Bodies / Associations

British Canoe Union – lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK

Sea Touring Committee – specialist committee of the British Canoe Union, which looks after the interests of sea paddlers in Britain and is involved in all aspects of the sport at all levels

Scottish Canoe Association – part of the SCA website is devoted to touring, whether by sea kayak or open boat

Irish Sea Kayaking Association – association in Ireland dedicated to sea kayaking

Magazines / Books

Ocean Paddler Magazine – UK based dedicated sea kayaking magazine

Sea Kayaker Magazine – US based sea kayaking magazine

Canoe / Kayak Magazine – UK based general canoeing and kayaking magazine

Paddle World Magazine – the international paddlesport magazine

Sea Kayaking Clubs / Groups

Portsmouth and District Canoe Club – a club which focuses (almost) exclusively on sea kayaking

South East Sea Kayakers – informal meeting point for sea kayakers in the South & East of England

Specialist Providers

Isle of Wight Sea Kayaking – providers of the largest number of sea kayak courses in the South and South East

Norwest Sea Kayaking – sea kayak on the remote and rugged North West coastline of Scotland

Plas y Brenin – the National Mountain Centre – outdoor activity courses in rock climbing, hillwalking, mountaineering, ski-touring, kayaking and canoeing

Specialist Retailers

Imray – nautical charts, books and software

Whitewater the Canoe Centre – specialist canoe and kayaking boats and equipment retailer based in Shepperton

Kent Canoes – specialist canoe and kayaking boats and equipment retailer based in Kent

Desperate Measures – specialist canoe and kayaking boats and equipment retailer based in Nottingham