Kayak courses for children


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.

If you would like more information then follow the link below to the BCU’s paddlepower handbook;


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 Paddlepower program is split into 5 awards, each award comprises of a series of levels.
We offer the first 3 levels;

  • Start
  • Passport
  • Discover

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

Paddlepower awards


Level 1.
This level is a taster session.
The certificate is awarded to your child at the end of the session by the coach.


Levels 2-5
This certificate is awarded by the BCU after successful completion of the progressive levels.
Your child will receive a progress card with all the details of what is involved in each level.
As the levels are completed they will be signed off by your coach.
Once all the levels are completed the card is then sent off to the BCU who then award the certificate.
This award is the equivalent of the adult 1 star.


Levels 6-9
These levels go into more detail to improve skills.
Again your child will receive a progress card with the levels signed off by the coach as they are completed.
Once the card is completed it is sent off to BCU and a certificate awarded.
This award is equivalent to the adult 2 star award.

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.
  • Neil your coach is qualified to BCU 4 Star sea kayak leader, Level 2 coach with moderate water endorsement, 2 star, 3 star and Paddlepower assessor and also holds the RYA Yachmaster award and current first aid certificate.
  • 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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