Have fun learning and getting to grips with all the basic skills for starting out in paddlesport.  Once you are signed up you can attend whichever sessions in your block that you want and pay as you go.  You can start at any time during the first 4 weeks of a block for the beginner course. Ideal for ages 8 to 13. 

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Participants will follow 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 then Discover awards in the beginner sessions, and they will work on the Explore award in the intermediate sessions. 

Dates To Be Announced for 2019 VERY SOON!

Booking and Payment:

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Pay the first weeks fee online to sign up and attend the 1st session.  (£9 beginner, £11 improver)

Pay the same fee for each subsequent session - pay as you go on arrival.

When children pass a level (Start, Discover, Explore) they can register to get a certificate.  Start certificates are free, but the others cost £8 each.  These are optional but can be paid for at LOPC reception as they achieve the levels if certificates are required.

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Previous experience

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

Typical session structure

Beginners 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.
Improvers will also be having lots of fun, building on their already acquired skills to get even better and have adventures.  2 hour sessions to enable the group to move away from the centre on journeys.

What to wear

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

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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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Colour key

  • Green = Good availability
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  • Orange = Almost gone
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  • Red = Sold out