These courses are delivered by Bath Canoe Club volunteer coaches and use current British Canoeing guidelines.
This year (2019) British Canoeing have introduced new Paddle Awards to replace the previous Taster sessions, 1 and 2 star awards.
Your first time on the water ‘having a go’! A fun and enjoyable practical session, introducing you to paddlesport.
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.
Taking you on the next steps towards becoming an independent paddler, for a fun and safe time on the water. Developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; developing your decision making and practical skills, giving you confidence on the water.
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 Explorer 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. This award recognises your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.
The following courses will be available subject to coach availability.
3 hour Paddle Start award introduction to kayaks
4 week Paddle Discover Award in kayak
4 week Paddle Discover Award in kayak for 10-16 year olds with a parent
4 week Paddle Explore Award in kayak
The Paddle Discover and Paddle Explore courses will be held over 4 consecutive weeks or either Tuesday evenings or Thursday evenings.
Once you have completed a course you will be able to continue paddling on either a Tuesday or Thursday evening with coach led sessions or progress onto one of the other courses.
The Paddle Discover will consist of a pool session on a Monday evening at the pool at Kingswood School to go through basic capsize drills in nice warm water. There will then be 4 weekly sessions on the river based from the clubhouse. These will either be on a Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6pm til 9pm. At the end of the course there will then be a longer day paddle on the river.
For the under 16's course with a parent these will run along the same lines but be aimed at younger paddlers and family groups. These sessions are for parents and children, children will not be allowed to attend unaccompanied. Under 16's won't be able to do the adult sessions. These courses will run in July and August when the water will be a bit warmer.
The Paddle Explore courses will take paddlers to the next level of competence and hone the skills learnt on the Paddle Discover course.
You do not have to be a club member to take these courses but if you do take out an membership then the course fees are reduced.
If you intend to keep on paddling after the course then the cheapest way to do it is to become a member first and then get half price courses. For example if you do a course as a non member it will cost you £120 and then decide to become a member to keep on paddling that will be an extra £103 so £223 in total. if you join first for £103 and then do a half price course it will be an extra £60, total £163.
The dates for all these courses will be in the event diary.