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Astbury British Canoeing Paddle Awards

Whether you are a beginner or king of the high seas, the paddle awards will help you develop your paddle skills and you can work your way towards achieving the exciting new British Canoeing Paddle Awards!

Wherever there is water, there’s a road for a canoe!

There are three stages to complete which are:
Start, Discovery, and Explore.

Things to consider:

  • Any paddle craft can be used to complete the course and it is accredited and certified by British Canoeing.
  • All courses run from 10 am - 4 pm.
  • No experience is needed to join our courses and all equipment is provided as well as full instruction.

2024 Dates:

  • 27th April
  • 18th May
  • 29th June
  • 21st July
  • 18th August
  • 29th September
£66.00 (£66.00 each)

Please find below the 3 stages of the British Paddle Awards in more detail:


Experience your first session on the water; learning useful skills for an enjoyable paddling experience. It aims to provide you with the basic knowledge to enable you to safely get in and out of your boat, make it move and return to your start point. This is your first step into the world of paddling, ensuring you feel safe, confident and ready to progress to the Discover Award. Check the downloads section for a more indepth look at what this award covers!



Your Discover Award allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler. Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; giving you the confidence to progress to making your own choices with the Explore Award.



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. Recognising your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.


Check the downloads section for a more indepth look at what the awards cover!


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