The Start Award is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a place to start your paddling journey. If you’re brand new to the sport and really want to learn the basics to get started, then this is the award for you. You’ll cover everything from getting in and out of the boat, what you need to wear and paddling forward.
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.
Half day (about 3 hours) in one craft (canoe, sit in kayak, sit on kayak or stand up paddle board)
There are no prerequisites or age requirements so start your award today! Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult.
This course will give you an opportunity to try canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding! Each course will be focused on one craft.
- Clothing and equipment information, think of it like a crash course in everything you need to physically get yourself on the water, covering all the types of equipment you’ll need
- Tips for getting on the water including how to get safely in and out of your canoe, kayak or SUP from different places you are likely to paddle
- Learn to paddle with practical skills such as paddling forward, turning and stopping… pretty much everything you need to get started and moving
- Staying safe on and off the water, you’ll learn about how to stay safe and make the most out of your paddle session
Half day/ 3 hour course £35 per person including all necessary equipment