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The Paddle School

Stage 2 Paddlesports - 4 Weeks

Develop skills in kayaking and paddle boarding over 4 weekly sessions!

Our stage 2 paddlesports course runs over four sessions (once a week) and is the ideal starting point for anyone who wants to learn the basics of paddlesports. 

No prior experience is needed for this course and you will be taught everything that you need to know to get started in paddlesports. 

Participants will have a chance to try kayaking and paddle boarding. 

The course is generally recommended for any member of the Scouts or Guides who is over 10. 

There will be games, challenges, adventures, skills, mini journeys and probably the odd swim or two as you really get to grips with this fantastic sport! 

For those that are concerned, on this course you will not be wearing a spray deck (the material ‘skirt’ that covers the cockpit) and support will be given when you are supported through capsizing. 

Come and try something new, make some new friends, get outside with one of our friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors who will look after you, keep you safe and help you develop your paddling skills. 

During the sessions, your young people will work through their Paddlesport Stage 2 Badge improving any existing skillsets whilst also teaching you a number of new techniques.


What is included in my booking?

  • Develop confidence on the water 

  • Receive high level tuition from qualified instructors 

  • Have a fun taster experience canoeing 

  • Try out Stand Up Paddle boarding 

  • Learn how to move a kayak in different ways, including: forwards, backwards, and sideways. 

  • Comprehensive safety briefing on land before each session 

  • A fully qualified instructor accompanying you throughout your hour-long session on the water 

  • Full insurance coverage (£10 million) 

  • Your paddle board/kayak and paddle 

  • A buoyancy aid for added safety 

  • A certificate detailing the badge requirements you have completed

Do I need any experience?

Ideal for those who are new to the sport or have only been out on the water a few times.  

You do not need any existing experience.  We will give you all the necessary skills you need to be confident out on the water. 

What would I need to bring?

  • A warm change of clothes 

  • Something to wear on the water - this could just be shorts and t-shirt, as wetsuits are optional 

  • A towel 

  • A pair of shoes to wear in the water or you can hire a pair of ours (Shoes must be worn on the water)

What will my session look like?

Over your 4 weeks with us we aim to achieve the following: 

  • Overview of paddling equipment and components inclusive of safety features. 

  • Water safety guidelines - including the importance of wearing a bouyancy aid. 

  • Demonstrations of proper paddling techniques. 

  • Gradual entry into calm waters. 

  • Opportunities for participants to gain confidence, practicing paddling in a controlled environment.

  • Guidance on maintaining balance and proper posture whilst using the paddling equipment. 

  • Instruction on turning and maneuvering the paddling equipment in multiple directions. 

  • Equipment review to help make you a safer paddler

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