These introductory training sessions will introduce all the strokes you will need to control the kayak on flat water. Although an accidental capsize is possible every effort will be made to avoid this outcome which will be covered in the training. At the conclusion of the training before you shower the opportunity to take part in a controlled capsize and self rescue will be offered. However this is not a compulsory part of the course.
Paddle Start Award
Experience your first session on the water; learning useful skills for an enjoyable paddling experience. It aims to provide you with the basic knowledge to enable you to safely get in and out of your boat, make it move and return to your start point. This is your first step into the world of paddling, ensuring you feel safe, confident and ready to progress to the Discover Award.
Paddle Discover Award
Your Discover Award allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler. Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; giving you the confidence to progress to making your own choices with the Explore Award.
No previous experience necessary
All Equipment provided
Courses for family groups and over 16yrs
Wetsuits can be provided - not necessary for beginner courses
A lightweight waterproof and windproof top is however essential.
Splashing and rips can come into the cockpit so a lightweight waterproof trousers are desirable but definitely not something that will soak up the water.
Footwear - Old Trainers or Wet shoes essential