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British Canoeing Personal Performance START Award

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

This award is the first step of having a go. A fun and enjoyable session with practical hints and tips to introduce you to the world of paddlesport. You can choose the craft and discipline to suit your interests. Canoe Trail has a wide range of craft including SUP’s, kayaks, sea kayaks, open canoes, racing canoes, freestyle playboats, and coaches with years of experience.


Learning useful skills for an enjoyable paddling experience, providing you with the knowledge to enable you to get safely in and out of your boat, making it move and return to your start point, ensuring you feel safe and confident on the water.

This is a couple of hours and we allow you to keep the craft for a couple of extra hours to lock in your skills. You will receive a certificate from British Canoeing which will incur a small administrative fee from them.

Information About the New British Canoeing Personal Performance 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!"

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