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The Paddle Discover Award accredited by British Canoeing is the second award in the series and follows on from the Paddle Start Award. This course takes you on the next steps towards becoming an independent paddler, for a fun and safe time on the water.
This Award will enable you to develop an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; develop your decision making and practical skills, and give you confidence on the water.
Coaching is provided by our expert team and we provide all the equipment needed for the session; canoes/kayaks, paddles, buoyancy aids, wetsuits, cags and helmets.
How to book
Please see our online store for dates and locations currently on sale. If we're not currently advertising dates for this course please email us to be put onto the waiting list for the next available course dates.
Course Content (what will you learn)
This Discover Award course allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler. Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; giving you the confidence to progress to making your own choices with the Explore Award.
Course Content (continued)
This course will develop those skills introduced during the Paddle Start Award and will begin to develop those skills required to become an independent paddler, this course will cover topics such as:
- Clothing and equipment - personal and group
- Efficient movement of your boat including forwards, backwards and manoeuvring
- Venue choice - including access, egress, weather conditions
- Awareness of hazards
- Introduction to rescues and emergency procedures
Coaching is provided by our expert team and we provide all the equipment needed for the courses; canoes/kayaks/stand up paddle boards, paddles, buoyancy aids, wetsuits, cags and helmets. You are also welcome to bring your own equipment if you wish.
We run this course as a full day session from 9am to 5.30pm.
This course is suitable for:
Prerequisites to attend
There are no formal pre-requisites required to attend this course, however most attendees will have already completed our Paddle Start Award.
This course can take place on any flat, sheltered water environment including canals, lakes, rivers, or reservoirs, subject to appropriate permission.
Through our affiliation with British Canoeing and our partnership with the Canal and River Trust we have access to over 3000km of canals throughout England and Wales including the famous Leeds to Liverpool canal stretching 204km across the North of England. This access not only gives us the opportunity to journey along some of these magnificent waterways but also provides opportunities for courses in beautiful sheltered areas.
Most of the large bodies of open water in England are concentrated in the Lake District National Park. These magnificent bodies of water, including the longest and deepest lakes in England, Lake Windermere at 17km long and Wastwater at 74m deep, can be accessed by the public at many locations, however, through our partnership with the Youth Hostel Association we have preferential access to some of the best locations in the lakes. You could even combine any of our courses with a stay at one of 150 YHA hostels spread across England and Wales.