Explore Award Kayak Lesson

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British Canoeing Personal Performance EXPLORE Award

2021 Dates: 3rd - 4th July / 2nd - 3rd Oct (2 days 10 am - 3 pm)

We can help you progress your qualifications and run British Canoeing Start, Discover and Explore Qualifications  throughout the year. We can also help with introductions to moving water and expedition training and preparation.

The third stage of British Canoeing’s new Paddle Awards. Now you’re ready to Explore! Your Explore Award working with Canoe Trail’s coaches gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of Paddlesport. Working with your coach you will be able to develop a programme that suits what you need. Learning to make confident choices with this individualised approach. This award recognises your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.

Often our customers have an initial goal in mind whether a charity challenge or new family activity / hobby, fitness or just getting outdoors. Our coaches will work with you to develop skills and goals to meet your aspirations. We aim to make you a paddler for life.

Our coaching is tailored to the participants needs and based on over 180 years of combined coaching experience.

The day will start at 10.00 am and finish at 3.00 pm based at our Bedford Training Facility.

No special equipment or clothing is required, comfortable clothing such as gym wear, shorts and t-shirt or wetsuit are perfect, along with a pair of water shoes, or old trainers.

** please note these dates may change at Canoe Trail's discretion
*suitable for those 18yrs old and over (Young people aged 21 and under must be accompanied by an adult, who is also booked onto the session) 

The New Personal Performance Awards “Paddle Awards”

British Canoeing’s new Paddle Awards are a pathway to becoming a competent paddler from Novice to Intermediate and then onwards to more advanced water and techniques. The syllabus allows for a personalized journey to develop core skills to feel confident and safe on sheltered water in a kayak or canoe or stand up paddle board.

Whether you simply want to mess around on the water or tackle a charity challenge or embrace a big adventure then Canoe Trail can help with professional coaching and development of autonomous skills. There really is something for everyone with so many different facets and disciplines to the world of paddlesport with racing, touring, SUP’s, freestyle, expeditions, sea kayaking, open canoeing, polo and many more. Within the Canoe Trail team we have years of experience at racing, expeditions and general paddling in all craft, SUP, kayak and canoe.

The awards take place on sheltered water on our local river, The River Great Ouse, 4th longest in Britain with structure coaching in bite sized chunks. We also offer some awards as part of our expeditions and trips to other locations such as the Yukon River Canoe Expedition, Best of Scotland Canoe Trip and trips to other locations.


Anna Giles – 5 star Review

"Fantastic lesson! Having never done anything like this before I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a fantastic way to spend the evening and the level of coaching was superb, can't recommend enough!"