BC Paddle Start Award - Intro to Paddle Sports - £89.00
The British Canoeing Paddle Start Award is an entry level qualification perfect for those who have never kayaked or canoed before. During this 3 hour session you will get to try both craft types enabling you to discover your preferred craft, or you may find you enjoy both equally for different reasons. The instructor will take you through the basic skills of kayaking and canoeing including launching, landing, forward paddling and turning.
Once you have completed this course the BC Paddle Discover Award is the next step and includes more advanced skills.
BC Paddle Discover Award - Learn to Paddle - £159.00
The Paddle Discover Award is designed as the first stage to becoming an independent paddler and perfect for those new to paddle sports or with some previous experience. This course is completed in one craft either a kayak or canoe.
This course is run as two 3-hour sessions and covers many essential skills including efficient forwards paddling, a range of turning and steering techniques, rescue techniques and launching and landing. Alongside the practical skills the instructor will also introduce some theory including different types of water, equipment and clothing choice and weather.
To gain the award in both craft you would need to complete the course twice and we offer the second course at a discounted rate. Alternatively, you could have some private tuition sessions to top up the skills in the second craft.
If you are unsure of your preferred craft, kayak or canoe, we would recommend completing the BC Paddle Start Award first.
Once you have completed the BC Paddle Discover Award you can come to the lake to hire equipment to practice your skills. The next step in tuition would be the BC Paddle Explore Award which is the last stage in becoming an independent paddler.
BC Paddle Explore Award - £90.00
The Paddle Award Explore is designed with the individual at the forefront. Working on a one to one basis with an instructor, you will discuss a goal and the instructor will then teach you the skills, theory and safety aspects to achieve this target. It maybe you have brought a new kayak or canoe and want to know the skills to enable you to go on River trips. This course will help you to become an independent paddler. The skills taught will be dependent on the overall outcome and this will be discussed between yourself and the instructor.
This course is run as a series of 2 hour private tuition sessions with each session costing £90 per person. The number of sessions required will depend on the goal and previous experience.