This course is brand new for 2019, and is all about getting people out on the water.  

The Paddle Awards are called Start, Discover and Explore.  This page is for Start and Discover, and the course will be run in Canoes.

If you are looking for the kayak courses please click here

Paddle Start is aimed at someone who is new to paddling - so if you haven't been before this course is where you should....start!  British Canoeing certification is also free for this course and is emailed directly to you. This is a 2.5 hour session and is £35.

Paddle Discover is all about developing those fundamental skills that sit at the heart of paddling.  Working on basic boat handling skills and decision making, this course is for those people interested in taking their canoeing a little bit further.  British Canoeing certification is £8 for this course and is emailed directly to you (If you are a BC member then the price is £6.)  This cost is optional and will be charged after the course only for those who want the certificate.  Discover will run as 2 x 3 hour sessions either side of lunch.  It is £75.

We work on a ratio of 1:8 to give plenty of personal tuition throughout the course. This is to give plenty of time to reflect on the skills being taught and time to keep practising and really embed the new strokes in to your personal skill set.  There is the option of paddling either tandem or solo.  

Necessary equipment such as boats, paddles and buoyancy aids will be provided.  

On successful completion you will need to consent to us sending British Canoeing your details if you want a certificate. Start certification is free, but there is a fee of £8 for Discover (£6 for BC members)

Dates for 2019

Start Canoeing Courses:

  • Saturday 16th February. 2pm-4.30pm. postponed
  • Sunday 14th April. 2pm-4.30pm. RAN
  • Saturday 15th June. 2pm-4.30pm. RAN
  • Tuesday 6th August. 2pm -4.30pm. RAN
  • Saturday 21st September. 2pm -4.30pm postponed new date tbc

Discover Canoeing Courses:

  • Monday 15th April. 9.30am til 4pm.  RAN
  • Sunday 23rd June. 9.30am til 4pm.  RAN
  • Wednesday 7th August. 9.30am til 4pm.  RAN

Limited space available, click below to book online.

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Previous experience

It is ideal that the candidates are aged 14 and over. For children under 14 we recommend the children's paddle club, which you can find here. Candidates do not need to be able to swim but some water confidence is preferable.

What to wear

Suitable clothing to get wet including footwear - we recommend an old pair of trainers. Please do not wear any denim or cotton based clothing. Also, bring a change of clothes along with a towel.

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