There are a variety of awards which can be worked towards and during the Kids Club sessions for those who are interested, and we will encourage and assist the gaining of these awards. They are a great way of seeing yourselves get better and can be done gradually over as many sessions as you want – so you don't have to do it all in one go!

Dates for Paddle Start courses are in the club calendar, bookable each year from early April.

The Awards we will work towards are:

Paddle Start

This is the basic introduction to paddling which we ask that you have before coming to Kids Club (unless you already have the previous Passport award). The award is a three hour introduction to paddling and we will play games, introduce the different types of boat and get you going in a (roughly) straight line. Then it's straight into Kids Club! The Paddle Start courses can be booked via the courses section

Paddle Discover - through Kids Club

This is the Junior version of the Paddle Discover award and is where we start to develop paddling skills and learn the different type of strokes. Split into multiple different activities and strokes, it can be done gradually, with each section being ticked off by the coach when you feel ready. All you will need is the booklet and to keep bringing it to one of us when you think you've done that section.

Paddle Explore - through Kids Club

This is the Junior version of the Paddle Explore award and builds on the skills learnt in the Discover Award, developing them and introducing new skills. Again, this is split into multiple sections and we can tick these off as and when you want to learn the next skill and think you are ready. You just need the booklet.

Placid Water Awards

These are the awards for the racers amongst you. Consisting of Green, Blue, Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels, they are exciting races against the clock and your previous time. Beat the set time and get the award – it really is as easy as that! And then next time try and get the next one. There are distances for sprints and longer paddles so all is catered for.

For more information about racing please see the racing section of the website. We would love to see Juniors at the races as they are always good fun and very social events and a great way to meet new paddlers and see some excellent racing.

Advanced Paddlers

Once you have the above of course things don't stop there. We can help you further develop your skills and work towards the other awards on offer. Don't feel that once you have Discover or Gold that your work is done. There is always plenty more to do!

And if there's an award you want, a type of paddling you want to try, let us know. If we can we will help!  Come along to Kids Club as a helper, at 16 you can train as a Level 1 coach.

For more information on the awards above click here (link to the Paddlepower PDF flyer coming soon)