Hopefully you have seen that British Canoeing run a whole range of paddling safety courses through their delivery partners. From Paddleboarding technique to whitewater rafting, there are courses for almost everything. But when starting your paddling journey, no matter what craft you use, safety is always an important element to remember. You don’t need to learn how to live bait on grade 5 whitewater, just having an understanding of some of the basics of paddle safety and paddling skills can go a long way. Here is a quick run down of our top three courses we believe are worth looking at when starting paddling.
The Paddle Safer award is exactly what it says on the tin. This practical course gives you top tips and considerations to support you to paddle safer. Over two hours, you will learn how to choose appropriate equipment. You will also develop an understanding of the factors like the weather can affect your paddling.
Just like Paddle Safer, SUP Safer is a practical course that gives you top tips and considerations to support you to stand up paddleboard safely. Across four hours, you will explore how to choose the appropriate equipment, and develop an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling, such as the environment and weather.
The Paddle Awards are for those getting into a boat or on a board for the first time. Enabling them to feel confident in their chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. The awards help empower the paddler, enabling them to start their lifelong journey into paddlesport.
There are lots more courses you can go on to complete, but these are our three top paddling safety courses for new to paddlers. To book on to complete one of these courses, just find your local delivery partner course provider and get on the water!