GET Paddling – Go Canoeing and Kayaking – Beginner Lessons

‘Have A Go – Canoeing or Kayaking’ is a ‘Taster Experience’  that will let you try out these paddlesports at your own pace. Based on 1.5 hour sessions with an instructor.

  • Private lesson (1-5 people)
  • Family (2+2)
  • Group (6-10 people)

THE PADDLEPOWER SCHEME

Paddlepower scheme is youth-centred approach (aimed at under 14 year olds) to encourage more young people to come into and stay in Paddlesport by providing a range of opportunities across the sport. The Scheme has a flexible structure that enables delivery at any venue or in any situation using logical progressions, topics activities to develop supporting knowledge. It also encourages people to try different types of craft and Paddlesport disciplines to develop a broad base of experience and to help them define their most most enjoyable discipline.

THE BRISTISH CANOEING STAR AWARDS

British Canoeing also have a performance award scheme for adults – the Star Awards. The contents of the Paddlepower and Star Awards schemes have been compared and the British Canoeing recognised the equivalence of Paddlepower awards. Whilst the syllabi of Star Awards and Paddlepower Awards look different, the outcomes will be very similar and produce paddlers at the appropriate national standard.

How do Paddlepower Awards align with other Bristish Canoeing Awards?

Paddlepower Start = Paddlesport Start
Paddlepower Passport = One Star
Paddlepower Discover = Two Star

What about age limits…

Whilst there are no minimum or maximum age limits on either Paddlepower or the Star Awards, the design of Paddlepower is young people friendly, and it would normally be best practice to use these awards with the young paddler.

Both Paddlepower and the Star Awards have the flexibility in delivery to accommodate paddlers aged 14 and above. The coach will need to make a
judgement based on the individual performer and match session content to their individual needs.

These sessions are for under the 14 year’s of age range and can be taken in either canoe or kayak.

This is a 6 hour programme that can be over 4 to 6 weeks of either 1 hours or more sessions and is equivalent to the One Star Award.

The follow on course from this is Paddle Power – Discovery course.

These are a series of sessions that link into the Paddle Power Awards of Passport, Discover, Explore and Excel.

This is the base level of the National Star Awards system and can be taken in either a canoe or a kayak. It is ideal for beginner or novice paddlers that are looking for an introduction to paddling.

To get this award you need to complete the full programme of at least 6 hours instruction. Once 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.

This course gives you a 3 hour introduction to paddling a canoe or kayak safely and efficiently. Ideal as a pre requisite to the One Star Course.

Click on this link to find out more about the Canoe England Paddlesport Start initiative.

GO Canoeing and Kayaking – Improve Through ‘British Canoeing Star Awards’

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Go Canoeing and Kayaking – Improve Through ‘Paddlepower Awards’

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These sessions are for under 16 year olds and can be taken in either canoe or kayak.

This is a 6 hour programme over course that can be over 4 to 6 weeks of either 1 hours or more sessions and is equivalent to the 1 Star Award.

The follow on course from this is Paddle Power – Discovery course.

These are a series of sessions that link into the Paddle Power Awards of Passport, Discover, Explore and Excel.

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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.

This is also a 6 hour programme delivered in a course format that can be over 4 to 6 weeks of either 1 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 Paddle Power- Passport course and takes you to a more advanced level.

The follow on course from this is Paddle Power – Explore course.

These are a series of sessions that link into the Paddle Power Awards of Passport, Discover, Explore and Excel.

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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.

This is also a 6 hour programme delivered in a course format that can be over 4 to 6 weeks of either 1 hours or more sessions.

This builds on the level attained after completing the Paddle Power- Discover course and takes you to a more advanced level.

The follow on course from this is Paddle Power – Excel course.

This course is part of a series of sessions that link into the Paddle Power Awards of Passport, Discover, Explore and Excel.

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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’.

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 Paddle Power- Explore course and takes you to a even more advanced level.

This course is part of a series of sessions that link into the Paddle Power Awards of Passport, Discover, Explore and Excel.

Other Go Canoeing and Kayaking Opportunities

Go Canoeing and Kayaking
Why not ‘Go Paddling’ and join a group of like minded adults and juniors on the water for canoeing or kayaking? Mike Owen, Ackers Adventure‘s resident canoe instructor, runs the session every Wednesday evening 6pm till 7.30pm over the summer months. The club is open for 8-16yr olds and adults, suitable for beginners or those with a little more experience. Each session costs only £12 per person which includes all instruction and equipment.

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Go Canoeing! Go Canoeing is a Canoe England initiative aimed at opening up the sport to new participants and encouraging those with some canoeing experience to take to the water more regularly. Ackers is an official Guided Tour provided for Go Canoeing Tours. We run a variety of fun and interesting taster sessions and tours throughout the year. Please visit our Go Canoeing page for further information. Ackers Adventure Canoeing Guided Tours also Bellboating and Kayaking

Safety

This is an important prerequisite for all coaching awards.

This award for those working in a moderate to advanced white water environment.

UKCC Coach Training and Assessment

This course is the first level of the coaching ladder.

This course is a follow on to level 1 for those wishing to continue further up the coaching ladder and can be taken in canoe kayak or both.

The UKCC Level 2 assessment is a one day course for canoe or kayak or a two day course if being assessed in both.

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Moderate Water Endorsement
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Touring Leader Moving Water Endorsement – from Jan 2015
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Go Canoeing and Kayaking at Ackers Adventure

Ackers Adventure is situated on the banks of The Grand Union Canal which makes Ackers Adventure an ideal location for many water based activities. These activities include:

Canoeing:
Ackers Adventure uses Open Canoes that seat 1- 3 people. The Canoes make an ideal group session for schools, youth groups and also for families who want to try something new and different. Courses and clubs are also available.

Kayaking
Versatile, fast and exciting using double bladed paddles and sitting right on the water. Courses range from total beginners to advanced paddling. Kayaking is great fun and a great way of keeping fit.

Bellboating:
Bellboats are twin-hulled boats that seat up to 10 people and are very stable in the water making them ideal for use with people who are unsure of the water, children’s groups and disabled groups.

These activities can be booked as Private, Family, Party or Group Sessions.

Ackers Adventure offers a variety of courses (including coaching courses) designed to enable everyone to take up these activities or improve their existing skills. Ackers Adventure has a fleet of boats for use with groups and courses. Tuition can be arranged on canals, lakes or rivers in the Midlands. Please see our COURSES page for further information or call reception on 0121 772 5111.