If you are new to paddle sports and would like to have a go at canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding, you can either try one of our one-off taster sessions or enrol in our beginners course.
Please note that the Start Award is not a prerequisite for the Discover Award, you can just enrol for the Discover if you wish.
Start Award Taster Sessions
Taster sessions are open to all ages and are a great way to experience paddle sports for the first time. The Start Award is designed as the your first session on the water, enabling you to learn useful skills for an enjoyable paddling experience. It aims to provide you with the basic knowledge to get in and out of your boat safely, make it move and return to where you started. The Start Award is ideal for those completely new to paddle sports or who’d like to boost their confidence before embarking on the Discover Award. We’ll aim to run a taster session on the first Wednesday of each month throughout spring an summer.
If you’d like to sign up to one of our Start Award taster sessions please purchase one of the available places below. We’ll be in touch with a registration form and to confirm details.
Discover Award Beginners Course
Our beginners course is aimed to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water. You’ll learn how to choose and use equipment effectively, whilst developing an understanding of the factors that affect your paddling. The Discover Award gives you confidence to progress to making your own choices with the Explore Award and/or discipline specific pathways that can be progressed as a member of the club. As with the Start Award no previous experience is required, but we do stipulate a minimum age requirement of 12 years old or currently in year 7 at secondary school because this award (or equivalent) is a minimum entry requirement to join the club.
If you’d like to sign up to one of our Discover Award beginner sessions please purchase one of the available places below. We’ll be in touch with a registration form and to confirm details.