British Canoeing Explore Award

This course is training and assessment for the EXPLORE award. It recognises your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. Cost includes your British Canoeing certificate.
Dates: 25th & 26th Sep 2021
Please note if a date is unavailable then it is fully booked.*
Explore Award in a Kayak
Requirements: Suitable for ages 12+ Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult 21 years and over. Participants should be confident paddling flat water with the basic ability to manoeuvre their craft or board. You can choose to complete this course using a Canoe, Kayak, or Stand Up Paddleboard. You do not need to have completed your DISCOVER Award to achieve the EXPLORE Award. Course Ratio is 1:6
Timings: Start 10:00 and finish 16:00 each day
Location: Kempston
Now you’re ready to Explore! Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport. Working with a 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.
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. We have a range of paddlesport courses, If you need a bespoke course such as a group introduction to bigger moving water or expedition training then please contact us.

What's Included?

Craft & Equipment  ✔ Buoyancy Aid  ✔ Dry Bag  ✔

What You Will Need to Bring

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

Session Objectives

What does it involve?
There’s a strong emphasis on independence with this award, and the Explore award will fill in the gaps of knowledge you might have so you can get out paddling safely on an adventure! The award covers areas like:

  • On the water etiquette and how to share the space with other water users
  • Different environments you can paddle (lakes, rivers, canals, estuaries)
  • Controlling your kayak, canoe or SUP safely
  • Clothing and equipment needs for different environments and weather
  • Safe exploration

What next?
Completed your Explore Award session? Great! You’re ready to get out and have some fun! As a starting point, why not think about:

  • Head out on a Paddle Trail
  • Plan a multi-day adventure
  • Make use of your new-found planning skills and create your own adventure.
  • Become an instructor, coach or leader – find that path that suits you and develop your skills further!

Session Notes

  • The New Personal Performance Awards (Paddle Awards)  are British Canoeing’s 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 paddleboard.
  • * If for any reason, dates may need to change at Canoe Trail's discretion. This will be notified in advance.
Discover Award in Kayak British Canoeing Discover Award on SUP British Canoeing Discover Award in Canoe


Very satisfied with the coaching expertise on offer at Canoe Trail. Learned a lot in one session. Great location, too, well worth driving 40mins to get to for kit & competence.

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

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