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By Erik Rasmussen
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Improving your paddling & Training organised by CKC

Welcome – we are delighted you want to learn or improve your kayaking =:)

British Canoeing (BC) develops the syllabus for a range of different personal performance, leadership, coaching and safety awards available for adults. Please see British Canoeing Paddler pathway to identify the right development courses for you, and also to find links to current providers.

CKC is currently organising the following

Introductory Paddlesport Awards

CKC will be running BC Discover Paddling Award on Sunday 20 October 2019

More information can be found here and the course will enable you to have a fun and safe time on the water. You will learn key strokes, as well as what to do in the unlikely event that you capsize and how you will be helped back into your sea kayak.

The course is run on the Thames at Shepperton Lock from 10am & will be finished before 6pm. It is sometimes possible to get a lift from Kew Bridge to Shepperton. Participants need to wear clothes & shoes they are happy to get wet in, and bring water, packed lunch, towel and a change of clothes.

The cost of Discover Paddling course is included in your CKC membership fee, because we need all members to have at least these skills to be able to safely join in club trips and activities. If you want  a certificate for getting your British Canoeing Discover Paddling award an small fee needs to be paid to British Canoeing & this can be organised with the coach on the day.

After completing this course – then most paddlers will have the skills to join CKC’s paddles on the Thames & some A-graded sea trips.

It is essential to book by email (info @ and have joined as a member in advance, to secure your place. Please also advise when booking how you plan to get to Shepperton Lock and/or if you can help with transporting kayaks on a roofrack or trailer, or if you need a sea kayak to be taken to the training venue at Shepperton Lock for you.

Safety – Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Training

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to 2 knots and winds of up to force 4.

CKC is running this course on Sunday 3 Nov 2019, at Kew Bridge. Cost is £65 for CKC members and £75 for non-members.

More information can be found  on British Canoeing website here.

Some RYA qualifications can be used as alternatives for the BC Navigation and Tidal Planning Courses.

It is essential to book by email (info @ and pay for your course in advance, to secure your place.

Kayak Repair course – aka “Smash & Bash”

CKC is running this course on Saturday 2 November 2019, at Kew Bridge. Cost is £65 for CKC members and £75 for non-members.

More information can be found here.

It is essential to book by email (info @ and pay for your course in advance, to secure your place.


Contact our training officer (via info @  if you are a member & would welcome CKC coordinating more/different training.

OTHER Courses we recommend members consider

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

Fundamentally this course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately.

The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.  These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BC Scheme.

VHF Radio Short Range Certificate

The Short Range Certificate is the qualification required by law if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on any British vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. The club owns a radio for use on club paddles.

For further information refer to the following RYA webpage.