Paddle Start Award (Kayaking)

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Gaining the Paddle Start Award in Kayaking is the ideal next step after trying the sport in a Discover Kayaking session.

The Paddle Start Award is a one day course (run over a three-hour session) with one of our qualified instructors.

The course covers the following content:

  • Launching and recovering the kayak aided and unaided
  • Forward paddling and moving backwards and sideways
  • Turning and controlling the kayak
  • Self-rescues
  • Journey planning

Upon successful completion you will receive a Paddle Start Award issued by British Canoeing. This is required for supervised sessions and clubs including our Junior Paddlesports Club.

The course costs £60 and participants must be aged 8+.

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