Have fun learning and getting to grips with all the basic skills for starting out in paddlesport.  Sign up for a 5 or 6 week block of lessons for £50/£60. Ideal for ages 8 to 14. 

Beginners MONDAYS - (Ducklings) - Arrive 3.45pm, session will run 4pm to 5.30pm.
Beginners THURSDAYS - (Ducklings) - Arrive 3.45pm, session will run 4pm to 5.30pm

Participants will begin by following the Paddle Award scheme, specially adapted for younger learners. Children can track their development with a log sheet as they work their way through the activities to achieve the Start & Discover awards in the Duckling (beginner) sessions.  

After 5 to 6 weeks your Duckling will probably be ready to progress to the next level, Cygnets.  If you are looking for the Cygnets intermediate sessions please CLICK HERE  They are also welcome to stay in the Ducklings group for another block.

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Booking and Payment for Ducklings:

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Pay in advance for the 5 to 6 week block - Pay online to sign up (£50 or £60)

You can book and pay online and this will cover the whole 5/6 week block.

When children pass a level (Start, Discover, Explore) they can register to get a certificate.  Start certificates are free, but Discover is £6 and Explore is £8 each.  These are optional but can be paid for when you receive the email from British Canoeing to say your child has passed.

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Previous experience

No experience is needed for ducklings, just an enthusiasm to try something new!

Typical session structure

Ducklings will go out and do a variety of basic skills, working through a syllabus to get some boat handling techniques and having lots of fun while they are at it!  90 minute sessions.

What to wear

Dress for the weather, include shoes you can get wet.  Don't forget a full change of clothes for afterwards!

Book online

The calendar below shows the availability and details of your chosen course sessions. Click a session to find out more, or click "Book now" to start your booking.

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