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The Paddle School

Stage 3 Kayak - 4 Weeks

Take your kayaking skills to the next level across 4 weekly sessions!

This course follows on from the stage 2 paddlesports sessions, further developing the skills that you want to learn whilst increasing your confidence and knowledge of kayaking. 

The course is generally recommended for any member of Scouts or Guides who is over the age of 11 years old. 

We highly reccomend that you have completed the Discover Paddlesports course prior to this course. 

There will be games, challenges, adventures, skills, a short journey and lots of fun! 

The Stage 3 Kayak course will help you develop and hone the basic skills that you learned on your stage 2 learning whilst enabling you to progress to a competent, independent paddler. 

Throughout your sessions, you will be coached by one of our friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic instructors who will look after you, keep you safe, and help you develop your paddling skills and knowledge. 

During the sessions, you will work through the Paddlesport Stage 3 Badge; improving any existing skillsets whilst also learning a number of new techniques.


What is included in my booking?

  • Develop confidence on the water 

  • Receive high level tuition from qualified instructors 

  • Try out Kayaking and learn how to move your craft 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 kayak and paddle 

  • Towlines and Rescue Tapes for our safety skills 

  • A buoyancy aid for added safety 

  • A certificate detailing the badge requirements you have completed

Do I need any experience?

Ideal for those who have completed the stage 2 paddlesports course and wish to take their skills further. 

We build upon your existing skills, develop new ones and introduce you to Safety Skills to help keep you and others safe 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. 

  • Techniques for navigating different water and wind conditions. 

  • Introduction to a variety of rescue techniques for both solo and group paddling. 

  • Equipment review to help make you a safer paddler

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