BC Paddle Discover Award

British Canoeing is the governing body of paddle sports in the UK.

We offer a range of British Canoeing national awards. The course follows a structured outline and can cover a range of paddle craft, skills and theory. If you think you would prefer a more informal course built around you, our private coaching or Introduction to kayaking course could be just what you are after. Each star award is a pre-requisite for entry to the next.

If you are unsure about what course is best for you, please feel free to contact us. If you have already completed a British Canoeing Discover Award (formerly 1 Star) why not look at the next step and attend our British Canoeing Explore Award.

This is a nationally recognised award which is delivered over a 1 day course (6 hours). Designed as an introduction to paddlesport (kayak, canoe or a sit-on-top) for beginners. During the course we'll cover all the fundamental skills of paddling. Designed to leave you feeling safe, confident and competent and able to get more from your time on the water. The emphasis of the course is on learning correct safe practice and enjoyment.

What will be covered?

  • Equipment
  • Basic paddling (forwards & backwards)
  • Turning
  • Journeying
  • Your next step

Who's it for?

You need no previous experience, just a healthy sense of adventure! If you have an interest in learning the basic skills and principals of canoeing or kayaking then this is the course for you.

What you'll need:

You will need to be fit enough to last a day of activity. We'll supply all the equipment you require unless you prefer to use your own. Bring along a wet suit or warm layers to paddle in, fleece & other synthetic materials with low absorbency are best. Also a packed lunch, snacks and drinks to keep your energy levels up, and sun cream if it's a sunny day.


Timings: 09.00 - 16.00 | 6 hours activity with a break for lunch

Booking Details

Event Date Price Spaces Book Now
30-05-2024 9:00 am £95.00 1 Book Now

Venue Information - The Kayak Coach - River Adur


The Kayak Coach, New Wharf, Horsebridge Common, Ashurst, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3AL




From the North: Driving along the B2135, Passing Partridge Green on your left our turning is another 2.8 miles on your left hand side, the one after New Wharf Farm/Horsebridge Common.

From the South: Joining the B2135 from the A283 (signposted Ashurst) we are a further 1.9 miles along the road on your right hand side.

At the turning you should see signage for The Kayak Coach, please follow these signs until you get to us.

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