Newcomers to sea kayaking can start earning their certifications quite quickly with the newly developed British Canoeing “Paddle Awards”. These awards are for beginners. All kayak training and assessments will be in a sheltered water environment. Let us help you begin a lifelong journey into paddlesport!
There are three progressive sea kayaking awards that you can receive:
Experience your first session on the water; learning useful kayak skills for an enjoyable paddling experience. It 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 starting point. This is your first step into the world of paddling, ensuring you feel safe, confident, and ready to progress to the Discover Award.
Your Discover Award allows you to develop your decision-making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler. Learn how to choose and effectively use the equipment, while developing an understanding of the factors which affect your kayaking; giving you the confidence to progress to making your own choices with the Explore Award.
Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport. Working with a kayak coach you will be able to develop a program that suits what you need. Learn to make confident choices with this individualized approach. This award recognizes your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.
Individuals who have some paddling experience will benefit from the British Canoeing “Personal Performance Awards”. These awards have been updated and replace what was previously referred to as “Star Awards”. The new Personal Performance Awards are discipline-specific and allow you to develop your personal skills and decision-making toolbox in the craft and the environment that you choose. We feel that it is a huge improvement over the old Star Awards and it is much more encouraging for people who set down this path.
At this point, we are in the process of getting approval from British Canoeing for delivering more Award assessments so stay tuned for more updates. Right now we are pleased to be able to offer the very useful “Sea Kayak Award” which approximately replaces the former 3-Star award, but with the entire assessment now conducted in sea kayaks, or sit-on-top kayaks (if you prefer). The Sea Kayak Award puts you well on your way to the coveted Leadership awards.
Sea Kayak Award
The Sea Kayak Award endorses your skill, judgment and decision making required for a successful day on the sea. You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on the sea, in winds up to and including force 3 and/or tides up to 1 Knot, using sea kayaks or sit on tops, in tidal or non-tidal environments, with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Coastal Sea Kayak Award holders.