Canoe Avon try to deliver an exciting and varied training programme accommodating a range of paddling disciplines such as flat water, white water, sea and surf kayaking, sprint and canoeing. Training sessions generally take place on Wednesday evenings at the clubhouse from April to October and is augmented with monthly pool sessions and  occasional weekend trips, particularly in the winter months.


Paddling Qualifications

In terms of formal qualifications, we offer the British Canoeing 1 Star and 2 Star Awards.

1 and 2 star awards encourage paddlers to experience the various types of paddlesport available.  Paddlers then ‘specialise’ in particular disciplines from the 3 Star Award onwards.  The focus of the 1, 2 and 3 star awards is developing personal skills and gaining independence, while the 4 star and 5 star awards are leadership awards which enable paddlers to lead groups in appropriate conditions.

It is not essential to progress directly through the awards i.e. paddlers don’t need to hold the lower award before progressing (other than at 5 Star).  However new members seeking join Canoe Avon who do not already hold the 1 Star award or are unable to demonstrate the required level of competence must undertake the 1 Star course to ensure they have  the minimal skills to stay safe on flat water.


British Canoeing 1 Star Award

The 1 Star Award is a sheltered water award which can be taken in any craft and is designed to recognise the level people would typically reach after an introductory course of six hours quality water time.

Candidates must be water confident, and ideally should be able to swim (this is desirable but not essential).

Details of the course syllabus can be found here.


British Canoeing 2 Star Award

The 2 Star Award is an improvement award which supports the development of fundamental paddlesport skills on sheltered water.  It recognises a paddler’s understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact and their ability to control movement of both canoes and kayaks using fundamental skills.

Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid and have experience of:

  • Paddling two different craft – surf kayak, closed cockpit kayak, open cockpit kayak, closed cockpit canoe, solo/tandem open canoe, racing boat, wave‐ski, flat‐hulled boat, v‐shaped hull, slalom boat, polo boat, or sea kayak
  • Paddling in two different locations – canal, river, loch/lake, or sea. Different parts of large bodies of water can be counted as two different locations
  • Competing in two paddlesport competitions – club level event, slalom, polo, sprint, freestyle bell‐boat etc. OR completing two journeys of approx. two hours duration

Details of the course syllabus can be found here.