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Paddle Discover Award, Tuesday evenings

  • 13 May 2024
  • 18 Jun 2024
  • 7 sessions
  • 13 May 2024, 8:30 PM 10:00 PM (BST)
  • 14 May 2024, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (BST)
  • 21 May 2024, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (BST)
  • 28 May 2024, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (BST)
  • 04 Jun 2024, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (BST)
  • 11 Jun 2024, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (BST)
  • 18 Jun 2024, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (BST)
  • Bath Canoe Club
  • 17


  • Age 14 to 17


This course is for people new to paddlesports. It takes trainees to a level that enables them to join a range of Bath Canoe Club trips. It consists of 6 weekday evening river sessions every Tuesday, 6.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

In addition to the course you will also get a full years membership so that you can continue paddling afterwards on club activities. 

The course is open to all ages 14 years and over but under 18s must be accompanied on the course by a parent or guardian.  

What is the Discover Award?

The Discover Award allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, as you become a more skilled and independent paddler. Through this award you will learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling.

Who is it for?

Anyone of any age who want to develop their skills on the water. You don’t need any previous experience to take your Discover Award, just the desire for fun and learning! You can take the award from any craft, from kayaks, canoes, sit-on-tops.

Why should I do the Discover Award?

If you want to develop your skills from your Start Award, or feel like you need to expand your basic paddling knowledge further, this is the award you need. The award covers topics such as:

  1. Encouraging independent decision making on different bodies of water (moving river, canal, estuary, harbour), covering safety and weather aspects too
  2. Preparing for self-guided adventures
  3. Equipment you will need for a variety of paddle trips
  4. Further developing your canoe and kayak paddling and rescue skills
On completion of the course we are able to provide British Canoeing/Paddle UK certification, however this is at an additional cost. 

What’s next

With your full years membership you can continue paddling afterwards on club activities.  You may want to progress on to the Paddle Explore award.

Course schedule

  1. Swimming pool session at Kingswood School to practice capsize drills -  Monday 13 May at 8.30 pm. 
  2.  6 x river sessions every Tuesday, 6.00 pm until 9.00 pm

For the river sessions you will be expected to arrive at the clubhouse by 6.00pm in order to be on the water for 6.30pm. We will be off the water by about 8.30pm with a debrief in the clubhouse and finish at 9.00pm.

It is most useful but not essential to do the pool session before any of the river sessions. If you wish to do this course but are unable to come to the scheduled pool session you will be welcome to attend any subsequent pool session(s).
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