We offer Paddlepower courses; the Canoe England scheme designed to meet the needs of young people and encourage them into canoeing and kayaking.
Paddlepower is all about encouraging young people into paddling. There are various course levels that provide progression and achievement and cover all aspects of the sport, both competitive and adventurous.
An entry level award suitable for taster sessions or as part of a series of sessions. This is a 2 hour session which you can complete with a school or class group or even as a birthday party event with a difference. The coach will award certificates at the end of this starter session and you can move onto other courses and develop your skills
Four progressive levels that guide a new paddler from the initial "Start" session through 24 topics which can be grouped into Safety Awareness, Paddling Skills, Varied Experiences, and Supporting Knowledge. This programme encourages each paddler to achieve a recognised standard. (Adults would acheive a similar standard via the BCU 1 Star course).
A coaching programme of approximately eight hours would be appropriate for most participants. This can be achieved through an extended curriculum course, Paddlepower days in the holiday periods or via our Monday water sports club.
Comprises four more progressive levels that encourage the young paddler to focus their attention on particular techniques, skills and areas of knowledge. This will significantly develop competences and give the paddler an appropriately raised standard of achievement. Adults would achieve a similar standard via the BCU 2 star.
A coaching programme of approximately 15 – 20 hours would be appropriate for most participants. This can be achieved via an extended curriculum course, Paddlepower days in the holiday periods and also through our Monday watersports club.
Working with young people with additional needs
We have some of the best additional needs facilities in the region and are the only local provider with adapted equipment and trained staff who can support young people with disabilities to fully participate in outdoor adventure learning and residential stays. We strive to ensure that the widest range of activities and programmes are available and accessible, even for young people with the most complex needs.