Discover Paddlesports Day

Discover the world of paddlesports in the heart of the New Forest

Discover Paddlesports – British Canoeing Paddle Awards

New for 2019 – This course has been designed to replace the British Canoeing 1 star and parts of the 2 star award.

 For complete beginners or those with a bit of paddling experience our Discover Paddlesport days are designed to give you a full day out on the water playing in multiple crafts.

Starting at Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River, we’ll cover skills and undertake a journey in touring kayaks to our lunch spot. After lunch there’ll be an opportunity to test the skills learnt in the morning in a variety of paddlesports craft including, canoes, sea kayaks, freestyle kayaks, white water kayaks, sit on tops and paddleboards. After the course your coach will discuss an action plan with you and give you options to where you can take your paddlesports journey.

This day has been setup to match the new British Canoeing Paddle Awards and by the end of this day you would be aiming to match the criteria to pass the discover or, if previous experience, the explore award. There are no pre-requisites for this course. We highly recommend you view the discover award course content and the explore award course content to understand where you currently sit in the new scheme and have an idea of what you would like to achieve on the day and in which craft.

The day will cover

Equipment & set-up
Basic canoe and kayak skills
Capsize & rescue
What’s your next step

We supply all the equipment you’ll need on the water. We advise you bring water, food and clothing to get wet.

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Come dressed for the weather conditions on the day of your activity


All activities/courses are led by our experienced coaches


Under 18's

Under 18’s need written parental consent before they can take part in an activity.

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