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Nurturing roots…

...to make canoe-based tripping and journeying more accessible

Inspiring enthusiasm…

...for canoe-based adventure and exploration
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Sustaining progression…

...in independent solo and peer-group canoeing

Broadening horizons…

...by supporting new approaches, and ventures to new areas

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Meet the team


Greg Spencer – Acting Chairman

Greg has been canoeing since the 1970s, and instructing since the 1980s.  He is an ACA instructor and a BCU coach, as well as being UK representative of the ACA, Head Coach at Pennine Canoe Club and Membership Secretary of the Open Canoe Sailing Group.

Website: www.singleblade.co.uk


    Alan Mellor – Secretary

    Alan is still a relatively new paddler, but is getting a bit more solo freedom now that his tandem partner, Louise, is progressing her solo canoeing. He's based in Notts.


      Rich Wright – Treasurer

      Rich is a Level 3 Coach and has been open boating for over 20 years. He is based in Ipswich but paddles all over the country and beyond.


        Gary Rice – Events, Welfare

        Gary oversees our events Calendar and serves as our Welfare Officer.  He's a BCU Coach, and brings much valued expertise to the OCA through his role as Safeguarding Awareness Co-ordinator with Dorset Scouts.


          Peter Montandon – Coaching

          Pete’s paddled the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon, and solo trips in Canada, but his first love is coaching.


            Neil Fuller – Membership

            Neil is a Level 3 BCU Coach based in the SW and has been open boating for over 20 years.

              Mark-Jan Dielemans

              Mark-Jan Dielemans – OCA Rally 2014

              Mark-Jan Dielemans is a Dutch goldsmith-jeweller living in Bristol... but he's also a L4 BCU Coach, a BCU Area Coaching Representative, and a stalwart (and former Acting Chairman) of the OCA. Mark is also widely known as the coordinator of successive International Canoe Symposia.


                Clarissa Horilczenko – Events Sub Group

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