Kayak courses for children

Paddle Awards

Courses for younger paddlers

Paddlepower is a series of courses from the British Canoe Union aimed at younger paddlers.

The courses are ideally suited to under 14’s but are also suitable for under 16’s.


We have found that including the coaching sessions into a day trip works best with the best results.

This approach allows the whole family to be involved and the coaches can drip feed information allowing children time to practice and gain confidence before moving on.

Of course parents can get involved too which also helps with confidence and fun.

With warm, calm clear water and plenty of sunshine what better place to learn about kayaking.

The Paddle awards program is split into 3 awards, each award comprises of a series of levels.
We offer;

  • Start award
  • Discover awards
  • Explore awards

Some of these awards are equivalent to some of the adult awards.

Paddle awards


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.

This Award is run as part of our Level 1 or Level 2 Skills Courses


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 to making your own choices with the Explore Award.

This Award is run as part of our Level 1 or Level 2 Skills Courses.


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.

We run this award with a 2-day Training followed by a separate Assessment, with the option of doing the Assessment over 1 or 2-days. However, if you are at the required level for this Award, you can receive your certificate as part of our Level 2 Course.

What’s included

  • Sea kayak, paddles, buoyancy aid, spray deck, towlines, navigation equipment and helmet (if required).
  • Lunch is buffet style prepared fresh each day, we try to use local produce as far as possible including fresh fruit, vegetables, bread. We can also cater for special dietary requirements such as vegetarian and gluten free.
  • Drinking water.
  • Mask and Snorkel.
  • We also bring a waterproof camera to capture the action! We then send the photos to you by email at a later date.


  • Prices depend on how you would like the course to run.
  • If you include the coaching on a day trip then there is no charge other than the cost of the day trip.
  • If you would like a separate coaching session, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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