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.

2017 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 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 
There are two separate courses this year. Choose the one which suits you best:  
           8th May to 12th June 
           19th June to 24th July


Costs: £35 for club members, £50 for non-members

One Star Canoe and Kayak

A four-week evening course on Tuesdays - 7pm-9pm

Ideal for newcomers and those wanting to find out more about canoeing. This course is designed for over 14 year-olds and provides an introduction to canoeing. The course includes:
  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Steering and moving sideways
  • Launching and landing
  • Personal safety
  • Equipment and clothing
Dates: This course is delivered in the Tuesday Adults-only sessions (7pm-8.30pm). So let us know you want to do it and we will organise a 4-6 week block for you.

Costs: Tuesday sessions fees plus an assessment session costing £10.

(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

Tuesdays (was to be on Mondays, but has moved to Tuesdays now)
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 Tuesday evenings at the Clubhouse.
  • 6.30pm – 8pm
  • 10 week duration
DISCOVER dates:  16th May to 18th July

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

Two Star Canoe and Kayak

A four-day course over run over three weekends.

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 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 13th May, Saturday 20th May and weekend of 17th/18th June. 
Assessment is 2nd July. 

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

(Certificate costs are extra)

Three Star White Water Kayak

A course over three days.
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: 18th June and 10th September at Langham Farm, and 22nd October on moving water. 
       

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

A course over a weekend.  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. Saturday's session will be at Langham Farm; Sunday will be at Market Yard.

Date: 20th/21st May

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

Aquatic First Aid 

Date: 30th July

An 8 hour qualification which covers incident management, resuscitation, hypothermia and many other aspects of first aid applicable to canoeing. This course is needed if you intend to pursue a coaching qualification above Level 1.

Costs: £30 members, £50 non members
(certificate costs are extra: £6 for BC members, £9 for non-BC members)

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.