Kayaking

Paddle Start Award

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

Clothing and Equipment

Understanding the clothing and equipment you are using and why it is used is an important part of a first session. You should be warm, comfortable and safe whilst on the water.

Getting on the Water

Having decided upon equipment for the session you must get it to the water without damage to it, yourself or the environment. Some craft can be heavy and need more than one person to carry them. Once on the water your craft can move around

On the Water

In order to maximise your enjoyment on the water, you need to feel in control of your craft. Key elements of this are getting the craft to go where you want, when you want it to go there

After the Session

As you come off the water, we hope you are excited and enthused about your experience. Now is the perfect time to think through all you have learned.

Future Development

There are a wide range of options for future experiences. Clubs and centres around the country can help you to develop your skills and learn more about the choices available.

If you enjoyed your time on the water and would like to develop your skills, it might be worth considering moving on to the Paddle Discover Award.

 

Paddle Discovery Award

Your Discover Award 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 making your own choices with the Explore Award.

Getting Ready

Before getting to the water you must choose suitable kit and equipment and have the correct knowledge to use it. Key points you may consider are:

At the Venue

When heading to the water you should have an understanding of your chosen location and how you will access it. Key factors to consider include the type of water, the weather and features of the location you choose.

On the Water

When on the water you should be in control and aware of your surroundings and other users. Key skills to achieve control include staying relaxed and understanding how to move your craft

After the Session

Every time on the water is an opportunity for learning and improving. You can create a positive impact on your future experiences by performing a good post-activity assessment.

Future Development

Each day you spend on the water further expands your skills and knowledge, creating a more enjoyable experience on the water. With no two experiences on the water ever the same, you never stop learning.

Continually evaluating the choices, you make creates a natural evolution of decision-making ability. When you reach a certain point in this, it may be worth considering if you want to specialise in a particular activity or discipline, developing further skills using either the Paddle Explore award or Discipline specific award pathways.

 

Paddle Explore Award

Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of Paddlesport. Working with a coach you will be able to develop a programme that suits what you need. Learning to make confident choices with this individualised approach. Recognising your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment

Getting Ready

Before getting to the water you must choose kit and equipment suitable to the purpose of your chosen activity and have the correct knowledge to use it. Planning ahead can increase your time spent on the water

At the Venue

When heading to the water you should have an understanding of your chosen location and how you will access it. Key factors to consider include the type of water, the weather and features of the location you choose

On the Water

When on the water you should be in control and aware of your surroundings and other users. Key skills to achieve control include you staying relaxed and understanding how to move your craft

After the Session

Every time on the water is an opportunity for learning and improving. You can create a positive impact on your future experiences by performing a good post-activity assessment

Future Development

Each day you spend on the water further expands your skills and knowledge, creating a more enjoyable experience on the water. With no two experiences on the water ever the same, you never stop learning.

Continually evaluating the choices you make creates a natural evolution of decision making ability. When you reach a certain point in this, it may be worth considering if you want to specialise in a craft and environment, developing further skills using British Canoeing Awards.