British Canoeing is the National Governing Body for Kayaking and Canoeing in the UK. I am a qualified trainer and assessor for them and can offer bespoke courses leading to their awards.

Please contact me to discuss your specific requirements.

The first award paddlers normally work towards is the British Canoeing 1 Star, which is a clear stepping-stone towards becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic award, the 1 Star is the level people would typically reach after about 6 hours of training. This course is designed for the novice paddler who has never been in a boat before or been in a boat a few times. We’ll build your confidence in paddling and you will get the opportunity to try a variety of craft.


  • Personal paddling skills
  • Lifting and carrying
  • Launching and getting out
  • Forwards paddling
  • Basic moves
  • Basic rescue skills
  • Personal risk management
  • Safety and awareness of others
  • Access and environment
  • Planning

For more information look at British Canoeing

1:1 kayak skills for improvers coaching and instruction in canoe