Start Paddlesport - Personal Performance Award  

The Start Paddle Award is for those getting into a boat for the first time, enabling you to feel confident in your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. Choose from kayak or canoe for 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; learn useful skills for an enjoyable paddling experience. The award 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.

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. It is designed for all who take part in any form of paddlesport.

Prerequisites: It is not essential, but it is desirable that all participants should be able to swim.


This award can be taken in any type of paddlesport craft, including:

•Solo and crew boats of all descriptions

•All competition craft


•Stand up paddle board (We do not provide SUP's and will direct you to a SUP provider, please contact us for details)

The award is delivered during a 3 hour session, either a morning or afternoon. Session times are: 10am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm.

See Calendar for dates and session times


  • Individual: £39, includes water fees and certificate cost
  • 10% discount for a group of 4 or more

Event Details & Venues

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