Courses

Beginners Courses
Paddlepower Passport (for young people)
One Star Canoe and Kayak (for adults)
Sessions for Groups
Improvers Courses
Paddlepower Discover
Two Star Canoe and Kayak
Three Star White Water Kayak
Other Courses
Foundation Safety and Rescue
Aquatic First Aid
White Water Safety and Rescue
Four Star River Leaders

The syllabus for each course can be found through the British Canoeing (BC) website as follows: Paddlepower, Star Awards (1 to 3), Safety Training, Four Star, and Aquatic First Aid Level 1 and Level 2.

2018 Course Leaflet is here and Application Form is here.

Paddlepower Passport

A 6-week course, ideal for under 14s who are just starting canoeing
Mondays 6.30pm – 8pm, Market Yard, Frome

The PASSPORT qualification covers safety awareness, paddling skills, supporting knowledge and it provides some varied experiences to participants.
Skills included in the course include forward and reverse paddling, stopping, manoeuvring, capsizing, recovery strokes and looking after yourself and others. This qualification is equivalent to the One Star qualification and will enable you to join many of the trips that the club runs.
  • The training will take place on Monday evenings
  • 6.30pm – 8pm
  • 6 week duration 
PASSPORT DATES: 21st May to 2nd July (excluding bank holiday Monday)
           
Costs: £35 for club members, £50 for non-members

One Star Canoe and Kayak

This course is delivered in the Tuesday Adults sessions 7pm-8.30pm. 
We have a flexible approach, but a guideline is four evening sessions.

The One Star award is ideal for newcomers and those wanting to find out more about kayaking and canoeing. It is designed for over 14 year-olds and provides an introduction, covering:
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Steering and moving sideways
  • Launching and landing
  • Personal safety
  • Equipment and clothing
Dates: Coached in the Tuesday Adults sessions (7pm-8.30pm), we can have a flexible approach to suit your needs. So let us know you want to do it and we will organise a 4 week block for you.

Costs: Tuesday sessions fees (£3), plus an assessment fee of £10.

(British Canoeing certificate costs are extra)

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.

Paddlepower Discover

A 10 week course for 14 year-olds and under

Mondays 
6.30pm – 8pm, Market Yard, Frome

The DISCOVER qualification follows on from Passport and is equivalent to the British Canoeing Two Star qualification. There are four progressive levels which focus on particular techniques, skills and knowledge, raising paddling standards and allowing appropriate paddler development. The training will take place on Monday evenings at the Clubhouse.
  • 6.30pm – 8pm
  • 10 week duration
DISCOVER dates:  14th May to 23rd July (excluding bank holiday Monday) 

Costs: £50 for club members, £65 for non-members

Two Star Canoe and Kayak

A four-day course over run over two Saturdays and a weekend

For people wishing to progress from the British Canoeing One Star Award. This course builds on the paddling covered at Passport and One Star, developing a higher standard of paddling in canoe and kayak, as well as introducing new skills. The course is spread out over two months to allow participants to practise between sessions. It includes:
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Stopping, turning and steering
  • Preventing a capsize
  • Safety and first aid
  • Access and environment
  • A journey (date to be arrranged)
Dates: Saturday 19th May, Saturday 2nd June and weekend of 14/15th July. 

Costs: £55 for club members, £75 non members
Under 16s get a £5 discount on these prices

(British Canoeing certificate costs are extra)

Three Star White Water Kayak

A course over three Tuesday evenings at Langham Farm and a day in autumn on a river trip.
The dates are planned to give participants plenty of opportunity to practise the flat water and rescue skills over the summer. The moving water skills will be covered on a river trip - yet to be decided.
This award indicates a competent paddler on moving water. The course includes:
  • Efficient forward paddling
  • Moving sideways
  • Supporting and rolling
  • Breaking in and out
  • Ferry gliding
  • Rescues
  • Safety, leadership and group skills
  • Theory
The course also develops the paddler’s knowledge and ability to help in the smooth running of a trip on Grade 2 water.

Costs:
£65 members
£85 non members
(Certificates are extra: BC members £12, non-BC members £25)

Dates:  19th June, 26th June, 3rd July at Langham Farm, and tbc on moving water. 
       

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: 19th May and 30th June

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: 28th July
2-day course: 28/29th July 

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.

Costs:
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: £85 (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.

Four Star River Leaders

Date: Let us know if you are interested in this qualification.
This weekend is for the 4 Star 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.