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Schools & Groups Zone

Children try canoeing and kayaking at Islington Boat Club

Schools canoeing at Islington Boat Club started in 1972 and since then tens of thousands of local children have attended sessions here. We also have considerable experience working with excluded young people who are sent to us via local pupil referral units.

Islington Boat Club is a well-equipped, purpose-built centre situated on the City Road Basin off the Regent’s Canal, located in its own basin of 3 acres of sheltered water. The centre has hot showers and separate changing facilities.

We have a large fleet of canoes and kayaks for 1 to 3 people or bellboats for 12 people. Powerboats carry 3 people and the Narrowboat 12. All our equipment is maintained to an excellent standard as safety is our number one priority.

Our instructors are all experienced and British Canoe Union, Royal Yachting Association or Mountain Bike Award Scheme or Bikeability qualified coaches. All staff have had enhanced DBS checks done and are first aid trained.

Schools’ Water Sports take place all year round. Protective clothing is provided for inclement weather conditions. The wearing of buoyancy aids is compulsory for all water-based activities. For more information please email

Costs & Further Information

Age & Group Sizes…

Our sessions are aimed at young people aged 9 to 19 who can swim 25m in light clothing. Our group ratios for kayaking, canoein and bellboating are 12 per instructor, It possible to accommodate more than one at a time in multiples of 12.Mountain biking is for groups of 8 and Powerboating for groups of 3. We welcome groups or individuals with special needs. To ensure safety it may be necessary to reduce the group size for people with special needs, disabilities or challenging behaviours.

Activities available…

We offer a range of water-based activities. These include canoeing, kayaking, bellboats, Powerboating, Mountain Biking and Narrowboat trips. A whole day will include two or more of these activities. The group members should wear old clothes and bring a full change of clothes and a towel. If the weather is sunny a cap and sun screen is advisable.

We can also offer First Aid Courses – please contact for more information

About visiting staff…

Whilst the Islington Boat Club takes full responsibility for watersports activities, visiting workers are reminded that when not under watersports tuition they are expected to supervise their own group. Visiting workers are not only welcome, but encouraged, to participate with their own young people in watersports activities. You are reminded, however, that Islington Boat Club cannot be responsible for the safe-keeping of valuable items.

About booking sessions…

Bookings may be made directly with the Club through the Schools booking Form. Please telephone the Club first to discuss your requirements and availability. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Bookings cancelled must give a full weeks notice, or will still be liable for the full fee. Bookings will not be confirmed until a booking form has been received. If, for whatever reason, your group is unable to come, please let us know as soon as possible.

An indemnity form must be completed prior to the start of the session. This can be downloaded with the booking form.

We also offer school or group fun days – sometimes known as Reward Days!! PDF details here

Islington Boat Club,
16-34 Graham Street, Islington,
London, N1 8JX
020 7253 0778.

Registered Charity 287680
Registered Company 01743087