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Paddling Awards

British Canoe Awards in the Lake District

Are you a regular paddler of kayaks or open boats looking to improve your skills? Whether you are a flatwater paddler looking to make the transference to rivers, or a more experienced boater we can provide a course tailored to meet your specific requirements.

BC (British Canoeing) is the governing body for canoeing and kayaking and as such issue the nationally recognised qualifications in these disciplines. The awards range is Start, Discover and Explorer.

All of our coaches are passionate about giving you the course you need - not just 'ticking the boxes' to pass, but actually tailoring the course to how YOU will be paddling in the future. So whether you are a kayaker, a canoeist, white water battler or touring the Scottish Lochs, we will be able to improve your personal paddling technique, leadership ability and rescue / safety skills.

British Canoeing Courses available:

Start Canoe and Kayak

Discover Canoe and Kayak

Explorer Canoe and Kayak


Any dates on demand, just let us know your requirements.

What is it?


After a quick assessment of the group's abilities the day will involve learning or refining skills either on the lake, or on one of the North Lakes beautiful rivers. The aim of the course will be to improve your skills in a practical and fun environment, with the potential to gain a relevant award. These courses are ideal for competent paddlers who are looking to improve their overall skill levels, or trying to gain nationally recognised awards.

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Typical Itinerary


9.30am

Meet up at carpark and introductions.


9.45am

Issue any kit and get to the water.


10.00am

Start paddling, warm up.


10.30am

Introduce / refine the required skills.


11.00am

Peer practice, self checking, getting feedback from your instructor.


12.00pm

Putting it all in context.


1.00pm

Lunch.


1.30pm

Journey, using the new / reinforced skills as required.


4.30pm

Back to shore and home.


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