Beginners Courses
Paddle Start, Paddle Discover, Paddle Explore
Sessions for Groups
Improvers Courses
The Personal Performance Awards
Other Courses
Foundation Safety and Rescue
Aquatic First Aid
White Water Safety and Rescue
Moderate Water (Four Star) River Leaders

The syllabus for each course can be found through the British Canoeing website as follows: Safety Training, Moderate Water, and Aquatic First Aid Level 1 and Level 2.

2019 Course Leaflet is not available yet.


Paddle Start, Paddle Discover and Paddle Explore 

These new awards have been introduced by British Canoeing in 2019. They replace the old Star awards and are designed for beginners to the sport. Paddle Start is for those getting into a boat for the first time. Paddle Discover and Explore take participants on further, empowering them to develop confidence in their chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. The awards are paddler focused and should inspire participants into a lifelong journey of paddlesport!

Sessions for Groups 

What is a Group Session?
This session will give your group or organisation an opportunity to have a go canoeing in a special session which we organise exclusively for you. We will arrange a session which is both exciting and different so that members of your organisation can have a go at canoeing.
The main object of the session is:
  • Having fun
  • Playing games
  • Getting wet
  • Learning some paddling skills
  • Generally having a good time
We can adjust the sessions to include the elements that you would like. We cater for everyone above the age of 10 and we provide all the specialist equipment that you require. Participants need to bring a towel, a change of clothes and in particular an old pair of shoes to wear while canoeing. Party size should be between 6 and 10 people to get the maximum fun. Sessions take place on the River Frome next to the Clubhouse in the centre of Frome. The Clubhouse has excellent changing facilities and showers. Sessions are 2 hours long. Cost for a session is £120 and we can take up to10 participants.

For more information please contact Pam Dixon.

New Personal Performance Awards 

These new awards are designed to take you beyond the Paddle Discover and Explore. There are 12 disciplines, each with three levels, so a great deal of choice and flexibility. There are no age restrictions for starting. In addition people can choose whatever level they wish to start. The awards are paddler focused and allow participants to progress at their own rates.
More information soon.


Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

A course over two Saturdays.  It builds on rescue skills covered in the Star awards and develops a safe and practical approach to dealing with flat water incidents and rescues. One session will be at Langham Farm using kayaks and the other will be at Market Yard using canoes.

FSRT Date: next course is in 2019 - dates are not yet finalised.

Costs: £35 for club members, £55 non members
(certificate costs are extra: £5 for BC members, £10 for non-BC members)

Aquatic First Aid 

8-hour course (L1) : next course is in 2019 - dates are not yet set.
2-day course (L2) : next course is in 2019 - dates are not yet set. 

An 8 hour qualification (L1) covers incident management, resuscitation, hypothermia and many other aspects of first aid applicable to canoeing.
The 2-day course (L2) builds on the one-day course and provides candidates with a level of knowledge and skill to give first aid in a range of emergency situations in an outdoor environment where advanced medical assistance may be delayed. Day 2 includes some water-based practical sessions.

L1 - £35 members, £55 non members
L2 - £60 members, £80 non members
(Certificate costs are extra)

White Water Safety and Rescue

Date: Let us know if you are interested in this qualification.
This course is run at the Tryweryn. It is designed for everyone who paddles grade 2 or higher, either kayak or canoe, and it allows you to develop critical skills to keep yourself safe on white water and look after the people you paddle with. It is a very 'wet' course and so dry suits are an asset. If you don't have one you can hire one from the Centre.

Cost guide: £80 (plus £24 water fees to be paid to CT on the day, plus transport and overnight costs)
Transport, accommodation and food need to be arranged by participants for themselves. There are plenty of bunkhouses near Bala, or you can camp.

Moderate Water River Leaders

Date: Let us know if you are interested in this qualification.
This weekend is for the Moderate Water Training. (The assessment will take place at a later date - not fixed yet.)
The qualification allows you to lead small groups of competent paddlers on moderate whitewater - up to grade 2 or 3. 

In between training and assessment, there is time for practice!
When you are ready for assessment, there are some other things which you need to get in place:
  • Provide evidence of 12 river trips, including six grade 3 trips as a member and six as an assistant leader
  • Hold a current First Aid qualification (8 hours)
  • Have completed the White Water Safety and Rescue course
  • Register with British Canoeing (LR Form)
  • Be aged over 18
Costs for the Training weekend: £50 course fee (for club members) plus any water fees on the day. Non members are welcome to join - please ask about the price.
Transport and accommodation need to be arranged by the participants for themselves.