Paddle Awards

Canoe Avon is an accredited provider of the British Canoeing awards which consist of the Paddle Start, Paddle Discover, and Paddle Explore awards.

For those new to paddling we will provide the necessary coaching to gain the Paddle Discover Award. The training provided aims 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 either through developing further with the Explore Award and/or discipline specific pathways.

I’m new to paddling – what equipment do I need?

If you don’t have your own paddling clothing you’ll need to wear suitable clothing such as swimming/beach shorts, running trousers / thermal leggings (high wicking, not cotton) depending on water temperature, a running vest / rash vest or long sleeve top (high wicking, not cotton), thermal base layer or old thin fleece if cool. If cool, a lightweight wetsuit would be suitable. Old trainers or preferably water sport shoes are needed for footwear (note crocs or flip flops are not suitable). Please being a towel and change of clothing. The club will provide the remainder of equipment necessary such as cagoule (or ‘cag’), buoyancy aid (‘BA’), helmet, kayak/canoe and paddle.

Club Sessions

Club sessions take place on Sunday mornings throughout the year and Wednesday evenings from the start of April until end Sept. Our Sunday sessions are open to all members as coaches are on hand to develop and improve skills for those working toward the Discover or Explore Awards and beyond. Our Wednesday sessions are open to those who have already gained the Discover Award or hold the minimum competence required to enable independent access to the club and facilities.

Pool Sessions

Club pool sessions are normally arranged through Culverhay Sports Centre. These cost £5 per member and dates and times are available to members through Teamer.

Alternatively, members can attend independently run pool sessions at Paulton Pool where kayaks are provided. These sessions take place during school term times only – see https://www.paultonpool.org.uk/timetable/ for details.

Alan Gallop 10 Seat Challenge

One of our founding members, Alan Gallop, created the 10 Seat Challenge to develop skills for club members and broaden horizons. In honour of his memory we have renamed it the ‘Alan Gallop 10 Seat Challenge’. Details of the challenge and the challenge assessment log can be downloaded from the following links:

Alan Gallop 10 Seat Challenge

Challenge Assessment Log