Activities on the water
Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUP) and rowing are very popular ways to get out on the water, particularly with inflatable models so easy to store and transport.
To use any of these on the waterways, you must hold a relevant licence - even if using an inflatable. The easiest way to licence your craft is through the British Canoe Union, who offer a membership which gives access to both the River Thames, Cherwell and Oxford Canal. Visit their website here:
Safety is important. You should always wear the right safety equipment, including a buoyancy aid and footwear to protect your feet. Always let someone know where you, don’t drink or take drugs, and never venture onto the river when it is in flood or dark.
Oxford City Council is not able to recommend wild swimming. There are a number of safety considerations that you must consider if you do choose to swim at your own risk. Be aware of the Wild Water Code.
Clubs and activities
With so much water, there are lots of clubs and activities. From the excitement of kayaking on the river, to just watching the model boat club races at Hinksey Park. Some may require a formal membership, some may offer “taster sessions”.
Be aware that due to the need for additional measures in response to coronavirus, there may be changes to the way that some clubs or providers are operating. Check in advance.