Paddlesports

Willen Lake’s sheltered waters are a great place to learn to control a kayak or canoe, whether it's for the first time, or if you're looking to progress and develop your skills.

If you've never tried it, our 'Discover Canoeing' and 'Discover Kayaking' sessions are good introductions to the activities.

Discover Kayaking (1.5hrs), £25

Try your hand at kayaking with tuition from one of our coaches. Participants will have the opportunity to use either a closed cockpit kayak or a Sit-On-Top type kayak.

The session will start with a safety briefing and you will then be introduced to your equipment before going onto the water. You will then have the opportunity to paddle around on the lake learning basic techniques to control your boat.

There are no pre-requisites for this session.

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Discover Canoeing (1.5hrs), £25

Find out what open canoeing is all about with tuition from one of our coaches.

The session will start with a safety briefing and you will then be introduced to your equipment before going onto the water. You will then have the opportunity to paddle around on the lake learning basic techniques to control your boat.

There are no pre-requisites for this session.

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Introduction to Paddlesports - BC One Star Award (1 day), £99 per person

The BC One Star Course is a one day introductory course to paddlesports, which can be completed using kayaks or canoes, or a mix of both. The course covers the introductory skills required to start getting in control of moving your boat around, and an understanding different types of boating.

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Improving Paddlesport Skills - BC Two Star Award (2 days), £149 per person 

The BC Two Star Course is a two day improvers course, building on skills learned during the One Star course and introducing new ones. The course involves learning skills in both canoes and kayaks, learning to use both a single-bladed paddle (canoe) and a double-bladed paddle (Kayak), to gain breadth of experience understand how the paddle, boat and water interact. More in-depth boat handling skills are introduced and developed, and 2 different locations are used during the course. The course also includes a journey or trip on the Grand Union Canal.

Paddling in two locations helps to broaden the range of experience gained on the course. Completion of a journey, or paddling in two different locations are requirements for the Two Star Award, and our courses do both of these which allows flexibility based on weather conditions.

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Personal Tuition

Personal tuition is a great way to work on specific skills to get over a plateau, or just a convenient way to plan your learning around your own lifestyle and availability. Available for all activities, personal tuition is flexible for you to choose what you want to focus on.

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Equipment hire

We would advice you check availability of the equipment you require before coming down to visit us.

Candidates holding the BC One-Star award or higher can hire closed-cockpit kayaks with a spray deck, when available.

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Once you have booked your paddlesport course, you must fill in the Student Medical Information & Consent Form and bring it with you to the course. It is available to print here.

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