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Start Award

We know it can be intimidating taking your first step into a new hobby, but there’s nothing to worry about, this is going to be fun! Take your worries away with this award and start with the very basics, including an enjoyable practical session. First time on the water? This is the award for you!

A two hour course available throughout the year to all age groups (min 2 persons / subject to availability).

Formal BC Certification available on completion of the award. Course Priced at £30 pp


“What is the Start Award?.”

The Start Award is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a place to start your paddling journey. If you’re brand new to the sport and really want to learn the basics to get started, then this is the award for you. You’ll cover everything from getting in and out of the boat, what you need to wear and paddling forward.

“Who is it for?”

Pretty much anyone of any age who wants to learn how to get started on the water. You don’t need any previous experience to take your Start Award, just the desire for fun! You can take the award in any craft, from kayaks, canoes and SUPs.

“Is it compulsory?”

Absolutely not, no! It’s completely up to you whether you take the award or not. It’s not compulsory, but if you’ve never ever been in a boat before and want to get started in your new hobby, it’s definitely something you should consider. Paddling is very accessible to everyone, but it’s a little like riding a bike… easy if you know how. Once you’ve got the basics nailed, the world is your oyster!

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