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Paddlepower and Adventure is registered to provide Kayaking, Open Canoeing, Rock Climbing (Single Pitch Crags), Abseiling (Single Pitch Crags), Gorge Scrambling, Hill Walking & Mountaineering.

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Kayaks

Kayaks were invented and first used by the Inuit, more traditionally referred to as Eskimos. Their craft were constructed using skins on a frame of driftwood - since the Eskimos lived beyond the tree-line, this was their only option. The boats were lightweight and robust. They were used for hunting.

Although many different types of kayak exist today, from long sleek sea kayaks, ideal for touring, to impossibly short playboats for tricks and tight manoeuvers, the basic idea is the same as the original Inuit boats. A kayak is defined as a boat which you sit in and power with a double-bladed paddle.
An inland kayak

Kayak Trips

Paddlepower and Adventure can offer a wide variety of expeditions for both novice and expert.

These can be anything from one-day river trips on gentle water, to multi-day sea kayak tours. You will find some scheduled trips on our Course Programme, but we would very much like to hear what you would like to do, as customised adventures are our speciality.

Intermediate courses are for those who have done more than one week of kayaking and want to progress their skills, or for those who want to have a go at another discipline.

Advanced courses are open ended and are open to anyone who is comfortable on grade 3 rivers and wanting to improve their skills on this grade or move up to grade 4.

Foundation Safety and Rescue

The Foundation Safety and Rescue course, as the name suggests, lays the foundation that all the other rescue courses are built upon. This training course will give the candidate the necessary skills and knowledge to look after and rescue people in a sheltered water environment.

This course is open to anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of rescue techniques, and skills in applying them. The course provides valuable skills, and isn't just for people planning to do star or coaching awards.

There is no assessment for this course. Your rescue skills will be assessed later through either star or coaching awards.

Click this link for the BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue syllabus (External Site).

Paddlepower and Adventure run Foundation Safety and Rescue courses. Click Course Programme to see when the next one is.


Kayak Courses

The most basic course would be an introduction to kayaking. This is suitable for beginners, or those who have no previous experience whatsoever. Here we would like to dispel a common myth: it is not necessary to learn to roll your kayak to enjoying kayaking. Rolling is an advanced technique - many people safely enjoy this sport without ever learning this challenging self-rescue technique. (Of course if you are keen to learn how, we can help!).

Beyond the basics, we would recommend that you follow the BCU star award scheme. This will give you a qualification which is recognised nationwide, and which will enable others to identify where you are in your skill progression.


1 Star

The 1 Star Award is the most basic. To pass, the individual must demonstrate basic control of the boat and foundational skills. This is a generic award - the candidate can undertake the test in any paddlesport craft - open canoe, sit-on, sea, surf or white water kayak.

Click this link for the BCU 1 Star syllabus (External Site).

Check Paddlepower and Adventure's Course Programme for 1 Star courses.


2 Star

The 2 star is an improvers' award designed to develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. It is generic therefore taken in both kayak and open canoe. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact. The candidates performance will be measured against the BCU syllabus. During the assessment the candidate will lead a simple journey on flat water. The journey will be about 30-60 minutes in duration.

Click this link for the BCU 2 Star syllabus (External Site).

Paddlepower and Adventure run both training and assessment courses at 2 star. Click Course Programme for 2 Star courses.


3 Star White Water Kayak

The 3 star White Water Kayak award is discipline specific. It is an intermediate level course, designed to show that the candidate can paddle on moving water, up to and including grade 2. It will also show that the candidate can operate as part of a led group, and can contribute to the smooth running of a trip in this environment. As well as looking at skills to control the boat, and stay in control, you will find out how to choose appropriate lines on the river. We will also look at water features and how these interact with the boat and affect the boat's handling.

Click this link for the BCU 3 Star White Water Kayak syllabus (External Site).

Paddlepower and Adventure run both training and assessment courses for 3 star White Water Kayak. Click Course Programme for 3 Star White Water Kayak courses.


3 Star Sea Kayak

The 3 star sea kayak award is discipline specific. It is an intermediate level course, designed to show that the candidate can journey in a moderate tidal environment as part of a led group with winds no more than force 4. This course will give the candidates the necessary skills to be able to manoeuvre their sea kayak in these conditions. As well as looking at skills to control the boat we will also look at how wind affects the boat and look at water features and how these interact with and affect the boat's handling.

Click this link for the BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak syllabus (External Site).

Paddlepower and Adventure run both training and assessment courses for 3 star Sea Kayak. Click Course Programme for 3 Star Sea Kayak courses.


4 Star White Water Leader

4 Star White Water Leader is a leadership award designed to show that the candidate can lead people on moving water up to and including grade 2 and be led on water up to grade 3. This course will give the candidate the necessary skills to lead people in this environment, including personal paddling, rescue skills and leadership strategies.

Click this link for the BCU 4 Star White Water Leader syllabus (External Site).

Paddlepower and Adventure run both training and assessment courses for 4 Star White Water Leader. Click Course Programme for 4 Star White Water Leader courses.


4 Star Sea Kayak

4 Star sea kayak is a leadership award designed to show that the candidate can lead competent paddlers (competent means people that do not require coaching to be in this environment) on moderate tidal waters with winds no more than force 4 and sea state 4. This course will give the candidate the necessary skills to lead people in this environment, including personal paddling, rescue skills and leadership strategies.

Click this link for the BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak syllabus (External Site).

Paddlepower and Adventure run both training and assessment courses for 4 Star Sea Kayak. Click Course Programme for 4 Star Sea Kayak courses.


5 Star White Water Kayak

5 Star White Water Kayak is a leadership award designed to show that the candidate can lead people in advanced conditions on moving water up to and including grade 4. This course will give the candidate the necessary skills to lead people in this environment, including personal paddling, rescue skills and leadership strategies.

Click this link for the BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak syllabus (External Site).

Paddlepower and Adventure run both training and assessment courses for 5 White Water Kayak. Click Course Programme for 5 Star White Water Kayak courses.


BCU UKCC Level 1 Paddlesport Coach

The Level 1 Coach course is an entry level coaching award, and is open to anyone with an interest in introducing canoeing or kayaking to other people. The training course is four days, and usually runs Friday to Monday, or over 2 weekends. The pre-requisites for the course are:-
As well as providing training, the course has some assessment tasks that need to be completed by the end to receive the award.

Click this link for the BCU Coaching Course Overview (External Site).

Click Course Programme to see when the next coaching courses are running.


BCU UKCC Level 2 Paddlesport Coach training

The level 2 coach course is for people who have completed a level 1 coach course and would like to improve their coaching even further. The training course is 4 days long and gives the tools to enable trainees to go out and practice delivering a series of coaching sessions as a progression, typically 6 sessions.

Click this link for the BCU UKCC Level 2 Paddlesport Coach training (External Site).

Click Course Programme to see when the next coaching courses are running.


White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The White water safety and rescue training course will build upon knowledge gained from the foundation course, and will enable trainees to learn new skills and learn how to apply these skills in a moving water environment up to grade 2.

This course is open to anyone wanting to improve their knowledge in this important safety area. It can be taken in isolation, and needn't be part of the quest for star of coaching awards. The course is not assessed - white water safety and rescue techniques are assessed during 4 Star Leader Assessment.

Click this link for the BCU White Water Safety and Rescue syllabus (External Site).

Click Course Programme to see when the next course runs.


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