- October 16, 2019
- Posted by: OIA Admin
- Category: Member News
A new, exciting digital map is now available through the Go Paddling website, changing the game for paddlers across the UK.
Do you want to:
- Find new places to paddle?
- Contribute towards new places to paddle?
- Look up river levels, hazards, weirs and rapids information?
- Look up rivers and canals near you?
Then PaddlePoints is a tool you will find invaluable for your paddling needs.
PaddlePoints may not be brand new to some of you. It’s the free mapping resource that quite simply helps paddlers find and contribute towards places to go paddling. Founded by developer Ben Sansom, it has been used by paddlers across the UK to plot everything from car parks to weirs, tree hazards to river rapids and everything in between.
British Canoeing acquired PaddlePoints in 2018. Now, the system has had a full makeover and is relaunching through the Go Paddling website. The new-look PaddlePoints is, even more, user-friendly and will become a resource for all paddlers to use and enjoy.
So what exactly is PaddlePoints, and how can I use it?
Quite simply, PaddlePoints is the website to use if you want to go paddling. We already have the paddle trails and challenge routes for people wanting pre-planned routes but the new website goes a little deeper.
For those wanting to do more than just paddle a trail, you will find PaddlePoints an invaluable tool. Through the website, you can view all the plotted points already there, but you can also share and input information on places to launch, park, hazards, weirs, clubs and more.
Spot a tree hazard? Pop it on PaddlePoints. Stop for lunch at a nice riverside cafe? Pop it on PaddlePoints. Notice a car park really close to your launch point? Pop it on PaddlePoints. The tool is all about making it easier for people to get out paddling.
The more people use and interact with PaddlePoints, the richer the information will become, meaning you can get out on the water easily and more safely too.
British Canoeing Places to Paddle Manager Ben Seal, sees the launch of PaddlePoints as a great landmark for British Canoeing.
“One of the biggest challenges people face in paddling is simply knowing where they can put their boat on the water. PaddlePoints is game-changing and opens the waterways up for new and varied paddles. We are proud that PaddlePoints has genuinely been created by paddlers for paddlers and we’ve been really excited to relaunch it through the Go Paddling website.” Ben Seal, British Canoeing Places to Paddle Manager
Founder and now Lead Developer of PaddlePoints at British Canoeing, Ben Sansom, says the new PaddlePoints is just the beginning: “The new design is slicker, quicker and provides a much better mobile experience. This is just the beginning, there is lots more in store for PaddlePoints.”
Barry Wade, Head of Digital at British Canoeing, says the launch of PaddlePoints is a reflection of British Canoeing’s digital ambitions for recreational paddlers.
“We want to help people get into padding, and take control of their paddling once on the water.
“The Go Padding website already offers a range of services. These include tips and advice, look-ups for clubs, centres, Paddle-ability providers, hirers, and retailers. You can also download paddle trails, and choose one of a range of paddling challenges.
“Now, with PaddlePoints, we have added the ability to create and save your own routes around launch points. Make them public for others to share, or keep them all you yourself. The choice is yours.”
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the new PaddlePoints website, get contributing and get paddling!