Introduction to Fitness in Paddlesports


A 20 minute activity on Introduction to Fitness in Paddlesports by British Canoeing

In this interactive activity you will learn all about an introduction to fitness in paddlesports. There is no log in and the answers to the questions are not recorded, the aim is to aid your learning and get you thinking about how to include fitness to improve paddling ability. Once you have completed the activity, just print your statement of participation at the end!

This activity covers an introduction to:

  1. How to invest time in fitness
  2. Components of fitness
  3. Cardio, strength and mobility exercises
  4. Introduction to energy systems
  5. Considering nutrition and hydration

Why consider fitness?

“Paddling requires a combination of flexibility and strength and can sometimes be tough on the body. To train effectively and compete long term whilst hopefully avoiding injury it is not purely about time on the water. For me training in the gym and mobility/flexibility work are essential to keep my body healthy and happy and ensure I can kayak for the rest of my life”
Ottilie Robinson-Shaw

“Over the years I’ve realised more and more the importance and benefits of doing some specific training for my sea kayaking. Initially this was for performance (to go faster, longer and bigger) and lately it has been for injury prevention, injury management and to ensure I can keep paddling for many years to come.”
Doug Cooper

“I realised a few years ago that my personal fitness was the missing link with my paddling and if I wanted to improve on the water, I needed to put more work in off the water. So I set my focus to improving my fitness through daily running whilst maintaining my strength with regular resistance band exercises. The results have been really dramatic and I feel like I’m flying when I’m out in a boat now.”
Chris Brain

“Fitness is so important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it helps maintain good muscle balance essential in preventing problems with posture. It can lead to an increase in performance, but it can also enhance your experience in a recreational context as well; longer more enjoyable days on the water in more challenging places. The fitter you are the more effective you’re going to be.”
Ken Hughes