The volunteers will be providing evening paddling courses again in the spring with the first set of courses staring on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd May. These will follow the previous format of a 90 minute coached session each week for six weeks.

In addition, we hope to arrange a number of one off “taster sessions” through the year for those unable to commit to a whole course.

The courses will be for beginners, improvers and for intermediate paddlers in both kayaks and canoes (sometimes known as Canadian canoes or open canoes). We have a variety of craft including “sit on top” and a few new “stand up paddleboards”.

In the past we have based our coaching on the British Canoeing Paddlesport Awards. From 2nd January 2019, these awards are changing to the “Paddle Awards” and “Personal Performance Awards”.

The exact syllabi are not yet published, but we know that the key skills required to develop your paddling will not have changed. The Paddle Awards will be aimed at those who are new to paddling and will aim towards enjoyment, safety and the development of fundamental skills. We expect that there will be approximate equivalence to the old star awards as follows.

Paddle Awards British Canoeing description Previous Paddlesport Awards
Paddle Start An encouragement award aimed at someone new to Paddlesport. (e.g. Taster Session) Paddlesport Start
Paddle Discover Enables the paddler to develop decision making and fundamental skills. One Star
Paddle Explore An award that empowers and supports the individual paddler. Two Star

The Personal Performance Awards will be more discipline specific. However, the key skills for these awards can still be learnt in the sheltered water environment at Pangbourne. There will be 12 different disciplines including White Water, Canoeing, Touring, Stand up Paddleboard and Racing.

AS soon as we have more specific information about the new British Canoeing awards, we will update the information about next years courses. So please do check our website for updates.