Top tips for paddling a kayak

In the beginning, paddling a kayak can seem as alien as riding a bike without stabilisers. Although there is a specific technique to paddling, truth is, to get started, as long as you are moving around and getting where you want to, that’s all you need. So don’t sweat the…

Buying a kayak: top tips

When you’re new to any sport, one of the most daunting things can be the amount of information out there. People telling you what to do, where to do it, what to buy… the internet is packed full of information. To help your separate the wheat from chaff, we’ve compiled…

Choosing a SUP: made simple!

Choosing a SUP can be a bit of a headache, even for the most seasoned of paddler. Inflatable or hardboard? All rounder or tourer? Surf or white water? If you’re new to the sport, the amount of information out there is quite frankly mind-blowing. So below, we’ve tried to simplify…

Find local paddling centres

Paddling centres offer a range of exciting paddling experiences for beginners and refreshers. These can be anything from taster sessions to guided tours on a range of paddling craft. What is a paddling centre? They are larger organisation focusing on paddling or outskills and experiences generally. They are a good…

Start Award

We know it can be intimidating taking your first step into a new hobby, but there's nothing to worry about, this is going to be fun! Take your worries away with this award and start with the very basics, including an enjoyable practical session. First time on the water? This…

Discover Award

If you've completed a Start Award and want to learn more, the Discover Award is perfect for you. It'll help you develop a better understanding of the fundamentals of paddling. During this award, your instructor will work with you to evolve your decision making and practical skills, giving you confidence…

Explore Award

Looking to hone in your skills before you head off on a paddle trail? If you've completed the Start or Discover award, want to develop your skills before moving on to Personal Performance Awards, or just want to build your confidence, the Explore award is for you! What is the…