Beginners Courses

Our beginners courses for 2021 have finished. Details will be posted here about the beginners course in early 2022.

How Much Does It Cost?

What's covered?

Can I Book My Place Now?

The British Canoeing Discover Certificate is a flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills. The Discover can be taken in any kind of paddlesport craft. 

The price for 2021 was £55.00 for Juniors (under 18) and £85.00 for adults.


The cost of the Paddle Discover Award includes the free use of all equipment needed, coaching over the summer in order to pass your award and membership for a year.

Our 2021 beginner course has finished, and unfortunately, we are not able to take on any new beginner members at this time. 

This site will be updated in early 2022 with details of beginner courses. Places are allocated first come first serve and cannot be booked in advance.

What happens if I dont pass?

Will I get wet?

Why Are There Only Beginners Courses In the Summer?

There is no fixed date or time by which you need to "pass" your paddle discover award. There will be assessments programmed in at the end of the course, but if you are not ready, you can postpone until you are. As a member, you will get coaching and guidance throughout the year so there is no panic to get qualifications. We want you to have fun most of all!

We try to do the majority of the 'getting wet' part while in the pool, especially early on in the year when the water is still cool. We will build your confidence in the water so this won't be an issue. You are likely to get wet as part of your assessment and practice assessment, but you could accidentally get wet at any time, so come prepared each week with a dry change of clothes just in case.
When the weather warms up, getting wet is all part of the fun. This is a watersport after all!

There’s really no better time to learn than in Spring and Summer when there’s plenty of daylight in the evenings, and the water’s warmed up.

Download our welcome booklet to learn more