Courses Offered To Members, Non-Members & Organisations
We offer discounts to DofE and Group bookings
Paddle Safer course is designed for anyone new to paddling, or relatively inexperienced to paddling, wanting to gain knowledge and raise their awareness of paddling safely in a sheltered water environment, in or on the craft that they paddle. Typical craft would include kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, sit on tops and inflatables
£25 for members & £35 Non-Members
this is a half day course
The Start Award is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a place to start your paddling journey. If you’re brand new to the sport and really want to learn the basics to get started, then this is the award for you. You’ll cover everything from getting in and out of the boat, what you need to wear and paddling forward.
£10 for Members & Non-Members
this is a 2hr course
The Discover Award allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, as you become a more skilled and independent paddler. Through this award you will learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling.
£20 for Members & £35 Non-Members
this is a half day course
If you want to become independent on the water, go on self-guided adventures and know how to control your craft and stay safe on the water, this is the award for you. If you’ve never been paddling before, it might be worth starting with the Start and Discover awards. In this award you will take ownership of your own decisions and learn to make confidence choices, based on the places you paddle, wind and weather.
£30 for Members & £50 for Non-Members
This is a one day Course
White Water Award
Your White Water Award will give you the skills needed for a safe and fun day out white water paddling. This will be on rivers up to grade 2.
You will learn how to use the environmental factors to identify where and when to paddle. This includes the water grade, the weather, other paddlers and the features. You will learn to choose the best equipment to keep you warm and safe on the water. As well as any water etiquette that there may be for the water on which you wish to paddle.
White water is a dynamic and ever-changing environment. You will learn the skills required to ensure that you stay in control of your boat at all times and can drive your boat proactively around the river. This includes crossing flow; you will look at how your speed angle and edge can help improve the outcome. As well as how you can look at “future water” to ensure you cross successfully. You will look at how you can link different strokes to help you maintain the direction of your boat. As well as those that you will need to change direction and steer.
You will look at how to run a river. This includes identifying features that you may need to avoid and others that can help you manoeuvre and steer your boat. You will also look at the rescue and self-rescue skills required to deal with mishaps whilst on the river. This could be rolling in more slack water or the techniques required to help you swim to shore.
£40 for Members & £75 for Non-Members
This is a One day course for those that have the required skills
£TBC for Non-Members
This is a Two day course for those that wish to develop their skills the required skills