Kayak & Canoe Courses

Come and learn how to kayak at Explore Activity Centre where we follow the ‘Paddlepower’ scheme designed by the British Canoe Union (BCU). Each child will receive a booklet covering the syllabus for the qualification which will guide them through what they need to do to complete the award. Children learn best when they are having fun so we make sure all aspects of the course are taught through games and challenges that are designed to test their balance, co-ordination and skill. Please find below the two courses that we offer at Explore:

Beginner course

This course is a great introduction to kayaking & canoeing and will start your child on their way to gaining their ‘Paddlepower Passport’. Designed to get children on the water and progress their skills through fun games and challenges, there really is no better way to start your child’s paddle sport journey. Due to some of the assessment criteria, children may not be able to complete the ‘Passport award’ over the four sessions alone. However they will cover the most fundamental skills and can then attend one of our ‘Improver’ courses to finish it off, or join a local canoe club to carry it on. This course is recognised by the BCU and is the equivalent to the BCU 1 star.

Improver course

This course will allow children to finish off any sections of the ‘Passport course’ and then start progressing through the ‘Discovery’ syllabus. The ‘Discovery course’ is the next stage on from the ‘Passport’ and will allow children to paddle in different crafts as well as practice rescues and more advanced strokes. Once gained, the ‘Discovery award’ is the equivalent standard as the BCU 2 star.

Bushcraft Courses

Bushcraft is all about living in the wilderness and using your natural surroundings to provide shelter, nourishment and warmth.  It should not be a fight for survival, but more like an opportunity to thrive and prosper.

One day - Shelter / Fire / Water

These three fundamental skills make up the back bone of bushcraft and are essential for any budding survival expert.  This course will cover natural shelter building, water purification as well as fire lighting using a variety of different techniques.  This is a real hands-on course that is perfect for children of all abilities.