2019 AGM

The 2019 British Rafting Annual General Meeting will be held at British Canoeing offices on Saturday, 01st June from 16:00.
All British Canoeing and British Rafting members are welcome to attend.

The current committee will provide reports on the work over the last twelve months and propose plans for the next two years. At this meeting, the new Committee will be elected (see details below for nominations). Also at this meeting the membership will be asked to accept changes proposed to the British Rafting Constitution (see summary below).


Constitution changes:

Constitution changes are now in consultation. Consultation runs from 16th April until 23:00 on Sunday, 12th May. Full copy of the draft constitution can be found here.
All questions or queries can be sent to consultation@britishrafting.com

Summary changes to constitution:

  • Constitution will become Terms of Reference to reflect that the Committee is the Rafting Discipline Committee of British Canoeing
  • Clarify the accountability of the Committee to British Canoeing and the members
  • The current constitution requires all Committee members to stand down at AGM and all positions become vacant. Proposed changes will mean that Committee members serve for two years in their posts to ensure continuity. The requirement is a third of Committee members must stand down at each AGM to ensure that there is opportunity for new Committee members (details of how this will work for this AGM are detailed below under Committee member nominations)
  • Clarification over matter of business at the AGM including order of business and voting rights – this aligns rafting to other British Canoeing discipline committees
  • Confirm payment authorisations and align to other British Canoeing discipline committees


Nomination of Committee members:

Due to the proposed changes to the constitution, the changes to the constitution will be voted on before the election of committee officers. As such, due to the proposed changes to the constitution and ensuring that all business matters are conducted within remit of the current and proposed changes, the nomination to committee positions will be as follows:

  • All committee positions will become vacant at the meeting – as such, nominations to all posts can be made by any British Rafting member
  • Should the proposed changes to the constitution be accepted by the membership, the nominations to all posts will become invalid as not all committee posts will become vacant. The proposed committee positions up for re-election this year are (people stepping down to either be re-nominated or to not stand for election again):
    • Chair
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Safety Officer
    • Events Officer
    • Communications Officer
  • Roles and explanations of each role can be found in the Constitution and Committee Handbook here
  • If you would like to be nominated for a Committee position, you will need a nominator and a seconder. Send an email to secretary@britishrafting.com and include all three people in the email detailing who is being nominated for which position and who the nominator and seconder are
  • Nominations must be received by 26th May @ 20:00 to secretary@britishrafting.com

One small step for paddlers, one giant step for teams

On the weekend of the 18th/19th August, 14 rafters from across the country descended on the National Watersports Centre, Nottingham for a weekend of individual development and training. With a wide range of experience from everyone taking part, from 4+ years of international racing experience to only being in a raft for 3 months, it was lovely to see everyone bouncing ideas around and I think that everyone involved felt that they learnt something new over the course of the weekend.

The weekend started off bright and early on Saturday morning with a technical session on the flat water, looking at raft control and playing with new ideas on how best to control the corners whilst turning. After lunch, it was time to take the new skills learnt onto the white water with a session on how to take the dry line. This consisted on working on raft control to keep the boat tracking in the right direction as well as how to boof over the bigger features. The final session of the day was spent looking at how best to take eddies, working on taking them high and working out how to avoid sliding down the eddie.

After a well-deserved night’s sleep, everyone was up and ready to start again on the Sunday morning. The day started off with a session looking into how best to tacklemultiple downstream gates and working on setting your angle early. The weekend ended with a few fun head-to-head battles and an opportunity to work out how to surf across some of the more difficult waves on the course.

Overall it was an excellent weekend and I hope that was amazing to watch everyone learning something new and coming away with new techniques and ideas to go away and practice ready for the next set of races.

Beth Kirby, Development Weekend Director

British Rafting Constitution unanimously adopted

Thank you to all who attended the British Rafting Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 17th September 2017 at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

During the meeting, the membership unanimously agreed to adopt the proposed Constitution as previously published and consulted on. The final version of the British Rafting Constitution is now published here and forms the governing rules to which British Rafting shall be managed by.

British Rafting National Team Selection Policy 2017 now launched

The British Rafting National Team Selection 2017 Policy is now released for consultation. The policy will remain in consultation until 17:00 on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017.
Questions or proposed amendments should be directed to rafting.treasurer@britishcanoeing.org.uk before the deadline.

Full event details including the policy and purchasing tickets can be done on our website:

British Rafting adopts all British Canoeing policies

At the British Rafting Committee meeting of 07 January 2017, the Committee agreed to adopt and adhere to all British Canoeing rules, regulations and policies.
This includes all policies pertaining to safeguarding, anti-bullying and whistleblowing.
Links to all of our policies and guidance can be found on our dedicated Resources page.