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PADDLE SPORTS

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Canoeing

Sometimes called Open Canoe or Canadian Canoe, these versatile craft are paddled with a single blade either solo or tandem. The Canoe is at home on

flat water through to moving water and onto white water, lakes and the sea. They are great for getting the family out on the water for a couple of hours or loading them up for a week long expedition, a true workhorse.

The club can take you on your journey which ever way you want to go and once you've mastered the basics it will be time to choose the many options open to you when paddling a Canoe.

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Kayaking

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving over water. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. A kayak is a low-to-the-water, canoe-like boat in which the paddler sits facing forward, legs in front, using a double-bladed paddle to pull front-to-back on one side and then the other in rotation.[1] Most kayaks have closed decks, although sit-on-top and inflatable kayaks are growing in popularity as well.

Kayaking

Standup Paddle Boarding

Standing, kneeling, or sitting down on a long buoyant board propelled with a single bladed paddle. Its great fun to learn and a great platform for watching nature or just the world go by. It can be either a very relaxing experience or if you want to push yourself it can be very exciting.

The disciplines are Racing, Surfing, White water, Polo, Touring. Learning the basics is quite easy but as you become more advanced so does the excitement! 

Remember it is a water sport so the chances of falling in are quite high (That just adds to the fun).

We will teach you how to Paddle board safely with qualified Coaches and Instructors.

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Courses

Coaching is available for the following courses.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the given courses, please talk to one of the coaches at one of the weekly club sessions. For information on any additional courses that may be available, please contact the club secretary

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Paddle Awards for Beginners:  
Start, Discover and Explore 

 

These awards were introduced by British Canoeing in 2019 to replace the old Star awards and are designed for beginners to the sport. These awards are paddler focused and should inspire participants into a lifelong journey of paddlesport!



Start is for those getting into a boat for the first time.
Generally, the skills and theory are covered in our Starter Sessions.

For more details on the Paddle Start award, please click here.

Discover takes participants on further, empowering them to develop confidence in their chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.
We coach the Paddle Discover Award.  Speak to your session instructor if interested.  


For more details on the Paddle Discover award, please click here.

 

Explore gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move

next in the world of paddlesport. Learning to make confident choices with this

individualised approach. 

For more details on the Paddle Explore award details look here.

 

New Personal Performance Awards 

These new awards are designed to take you beyond the Paddle Discover and Explore. There are 12 disciplines, each with three levels, so a great deal of choice and flexibility. There are no age restrictions for starting. In addition, people can choose whatever level they wish to start. The awards are paddler focused and allow participants to progress at their own rates.

For an overview of Personal Performance Awards look here.  

Resources
 give you more detail and for our suggested disciplines click on Canoe Award, Slalom Explore Award, and White-Water Award.


 

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

The FSRT is intended for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers, irrespective of craft or discipline choice, and is available in either bank-based or boat-based options.  It provides training on key skills needed to operate safely and deal with common emergencies in a sheltered water environment.

Participants must hold the current Paddle Explore Award, 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability.

Link to British Canoeing course information: FSRT

 

Paddlesport Instructor 

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in Very Sheltered Water environments and craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience.

Participants must have completed FSRT and be British Canoeing members.
 

Link to British Canoeing course information: Paddlesport Instructor

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