We use Open Canoes that seat 1- 3 people. The canoes make an ideal group session for anyone who wants to try something new and different.
Versatile, fast and exciting using double bladed paddles and sitting right on the water. We cam cater from total beginners to advanced paddlers. Kayaking is great fun and a great way of keeping fit!
Our private, family and group sessions each last 1.5 hours. Our canoe/kayak sessions can cater for all levels from complete beginners to regular paddlers. Sessions take place on the Grand Union Canal which runs through our site and offers a great chance to try a new activity and acquire paddling skills!
- Private (2 people + extras)
- Family (2 adults + 2 juniors)
- Group (up to 10 people)
On Wednesday Evenings throughout the summer months we have Go Paddling (for ages 8+) which runs from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. The sessions are priced at £12.50 per person and includes all instruction and equipment. Try out your paddling skills in your choice of either a canoe or kayak! Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to regular paddlers. Sessions take place on the Grand Union Canal which runs through our site and offers a great chance to try a new activity and acquire paddling skills!
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This is the base level of the Star Awards system and can be taken in either a canoe or a kayak. It is ideal for beginner paddlers that are looking for an introduction to paddle powered water sports.
To get this award you need to complete the full programme lasting a minimum of 6 hours instruction.
When you have attained this award you will be able to:
- get in and out confidently
- paddle forward, backward, stop, turn and move the boat sideways in a safe and effective manner
- gain knowledge of access, egress and navigable waterways
- better understanding of canoeing and kayaking in general.
Check availability and book here for the 1 Star Kayak Course..
Check availability and book here for the 1 Star Canoe Course…
This is the second level of the Star Awards system and is aimed at those wishing to learn the skills required in a canoe or kayak. This course is a prerequisite for those wishing to take part in Level 1 coaching courses or above.
This is a two day course and involves paddling using both single and double bladed paddles.
The course involves gaining greater knowledge of the sport and more advanced levels of paddling techniques in both solo and tandem canoe and kayak. It also forms the base level for the UKCC system.
The Three Star Award is for those that are progressing onto moving water in either a canoe or kayak and it is a prerequisite for the UKCC Level 2 Assessment. Successful candidates at this level can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner.
Three Star – Open Canoe/Kayak The Three Star Course looks at more advanced paddling techniques on both open and moving water up to grade 2 and also introduces safety leadership and group skills.
Three Star – Touring Canoe/Kayak This course is similar to the course above and takes place on open water and rivers with a discernible green flow. It also looks at safety, leadership and group skills in a touring environment.
All Four Star Courses require Training and Assessment.
This course is discipline specific and designed for those candidates that wish to lead other competent paddlers safely on sections of open and moderate water.
Four Star – Open Canoe Leader/White Water Leader This course looks at more advanced paddling and introduces leadership principles e.g CLAP (Communication, Line of Site, Avoidance and Positioning.
Four Star – Touring Leader Canoe/Kayak This course is similar to the one above whereby candidates gain skill level and leadership qualities to be able to lead a group of paddlers in a range of different crafts.
All Four Star Courses require Training and Assessment.
Are you aged 16 or under and looking for a fun and exciting award while developing your canoeing or kayaking skills?
Look no further… Paddlepower Awards have been designed especially for you!
You can work your way through the different levels one after the other, or start at the level you or your coach feel suits you best. Either way, you get a certificate when you’ve finished the course!
During each level you will get to learn a variety of paddling skills and challenges and improve your knowledge – all in a fun and flexible way, and in different types of canoe
PaddlePower Start can often be achieved after your first taster of canoeing within a 1.5 hour session.
The follow on course from this is PaddlePower Passport.
There are a series of sessions that link into the Paddle Power Awards… Start, Passport, Discover, Explore and Excel.
These sessions are for under 16 year olds and can be taken in either canoe or kayak.
Gradually moving on from your initial taste of the sport, through various skills and knowledge, giving you a really good base from which you could choose to set off onto the next level.
This is a 6 hour programme over course that can be over 4 to 6 weeks of either 1.5 hours or more sessions. PaddlePower Passport is recognised as an equivalent award to British Canoeing 1 Star
The follow on course from this is PaddlePower Discover.
These sessions are for under 16 year olds ‘young paddlers’ and needs to be taken in both a canoe and kayak to broaden the experience of paddle sports.
Focusing on developing your technique, skills and knowledge further, all in a fun and flexible way.
This is also a 6 hour programme delivered in a course format that can be over 4 to 6 weeks of either 1.5 hours or more sessions and is equivalent to the 2 Star Award.
This builds on the level attained after completing the 1 Star Award or PaddlePower Passport course and takes you to a more advanced level.
The follow on course from this is PaddlePower Explore.
These sessions are for under 16 year olds ‘young paddlers’ and needs to be taken in either a canoe or kayak and helps you to explore both the recreational touring and competition elements of the sport.
Using the skills you developed during Start, Passport and Discover to take part in a variety of canoeing events and journeys, exploring the great variety of opportunities in competitive and non-competitive disciplines.
This is also a 6 hour programme delivered in a course format that can be over 4 to 6 weeks of either 1.5 hours or more sessions.
This builds on the level attained after completing the PaddlePower Discover course and takes you to a more advanced level.
The follow on course from this is PaddlePower Excel.
This is the top level award series and expect you to have covered the following areas: journeys, coaching sessions, training, events and competitions, background knowledge of the sport. These sessions are for the m,ore advanced under 16 year old paddler ‘young paddler’.
Recognising and celebrating the fact you are becoming a competent, experienced paddler. By now you will be able to show a broad knowledge of the sport including nutrition, environment and goal setting, as well as how to be responsible for yourself and others.
This is a personalised or group programme delivered an as needed basis decided by the coach, the skill level attained and experience gained.
This builds on the level attained after completing the PaddlePower Explore course and takes you to a even more advanced level.
The FSRT award is a 1 day training course that aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with simple emergencies or capsize situations. These skills form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing qualifications.
The award has two purposes: 1. To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others. 2. To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty.
The FSRT is a pre-requisite for those who want to complete the Level 1 Coach course. Participants wishing to book on to this course must have obtained their 2 star.
The WWSR training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. This award is required for those seeking their 4 star.
The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach simple and safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately. By it’s nature the course is very ‘hands on’ and should not usually contain much classroom work. Any theory should be short riverside sessions, the duration of which will be naturally limited.
- To improve individuals awareness of safety skills in the river environment.
- To teach personal survival skills.
- To teach throwline rescue techniques.
- To understand the need for structure in an emergency situation.
- To outline basic rescue protocols that prioritise the safety of the individual above all others.
- To introduce & develop the ‘clean rope’ principle.
British Canoeing’s Paddlesports Instructor Certificate is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway, and the entry point for most paddlesport coaches.
This qualification develops the foundation coaching skills that underpin coaching practice. Specifically, it introduces the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective paddlesport coaching and is available as a bank-based or a boat-based qualification. The qualification is not discipline specific and is suitable for coaches who work with paddlers from any of the competitive and recreational paddlesport disciplines.
The course prepares coaches, for running taster sessions, coaching introductory core skills, coaching paddlers in a variety of craft and coaching in sheltered and very sheltered water conditions, normally with the support of a more qualified coach.
Participants wishing to book on to this course must have obtained their 2 star award and FSRT.
The Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport introduces the skills and coaching behaviours required for developing performance through progressive coaching.
Level 2 coaches are trained and assessed to work independently in the planning, delivery and review of progressive and developmental sessions for their paddlers.
The qualification is suitable for coaches wishing to work with paddlers from any paddlesport discipline, and is available as either a bank-based or a boat-based award, and is certificated as either a single discipline (canoe or kayak) or dual discipline (canoe and kayak).
Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport develops on the progressive coaching skills gained at Level 2 and trains the coach to plan, deliver, and review long term coaching programmes.
The Level 3 course is aimed at coaches working predominantly with paddlers in their intermediate years of paddling activity, i.e. the Train to Train, Train to Perform and Recreational Phases.
The qualification is discipline specific and currently available in Open Canoe, White Water Kayak, Sea, Surf, Slalom, Sprint Racing and Marathon Racing. Candidates can also choose to undertake the qualification as either a bank-based or a boat-based coach.