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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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In the news...

Meet the team


Greg Spencer – Chairman

Greg has been canoeing since the 1970s. He heads Canoeing for the Yorkshire RDT, is British Canoeing's Area Coaching Representative for West Yorkshire, and is 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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