BC Explore Award for SUP, Kayak or Canoe

BC Explore Award for SUP, Kayak or Canoe

£ 99

Barry, Wales

BC Explore Award for SUP, Kayak or Canoe
Beginner & Intermediate
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Barry, Wales
Cancellation: Flexible
Duration: 2 days
£ 99

Activity Highlights:

The BC Explore Award is your passport to unlock the wonders of paddling across various watercraft, including paddleboards, sit-on-top kayaks, sea kayaks, and canoes. This comprehensive program is designed for enthusiasts who aspire to expand their horizons and experience the diverse world of paddlesport. Whether you’re seeking tranquillity on calm lakes or the thrill of ocean adventures, this award equips you with the skills and knowledge to confidently explore a range of paddling disciplines.

Key Details

  • Location: Barry Docks, Wales (exact meeting point is given after booking)
  • Duration: 2 consecutive days
  • Equipment: All equipment and wetsuit hire included
  • Facilities: Free parking, changing facilities, and safe access to the water via slipway or pontoon
  • Crafts: We have paddleboards, sit-on-top kayaks, sea kayaks and canoes.

Course Highlights

  • Versatile Watercraft: The BC Explore Award allows you to become proficient in multiple watercraft, including paddleboards for serene flatwater journeys, sit-on-top kayaks for stability and fun, sea kayaks for coastal exploration, and canoes for teamwork and wilderness trips.
  • Skill Development: Master a wide range of paddling skills tailored to each type of watercraft, including proper strokes, techniques, and maneuvers. Gain proficiency in navigation, safety, and rescue procedures specific to each craft.
  • Safety First: Safety is paramount in paddlesport. Learn essential safety practices, including self-rescue and group rescue techniques, as well as navigation skills to ensure your outings are both enjoyable and secure.
  • Environmental Awareness: Develop a deeper understanding of the natural environments you’ll encounter during your paddling adventures. Learn how to minimize your impact on aquatic ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Guided Expeditions: Put your newfound skills to the test with guided expeditions in diverse paddling environments. Explore serene lakes, meandering rivers, coastal seascapes, and more, all under the guidance of experienced instructors.
  • Paddling Community: Connect with fellow paddlers who share your passion for exploration and adventure. Join a vibrant paddling community and share memorable experiences on the water.

Prerequisites

While the BC Explore Award is accessible to paddlers of various skill levels, some experience or prior training in paddlesport may be beneficial. It’s recommended that participants have completed the BC Discover Award or possess equivalent foundational skills and knowledge. Also, a reasonable level of physical fitness and water confidence would be best.

Why Choose Us

Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. With our British Canoeing Explore Award, you’ll receive expert guidance, access to quality equipment, and a welcoming environment. We provide the foundation for your paddlesport journey, ensuring you feel confident and prepared to explore this exciting world further. Join us for an unforgettable experience on the water! We have follow-on and more advanced courses as well.

What is the BC Explore Award?

The BC Explore Award empowers you to take the reins of your paddlesport journey, granting you the freedom to chart your own course. We’ll tailor a personalised program that aligns perfectly with your goals. Through this approach, you’ll cultivate the confidence to make informed decisions, acknowledging your capacity to paddle independently in the serene waters of your chosen craft.

Getting there:

From Cardiff, you can take a train from Cardiff Central Station to Barry Island Station. Trains run regularly, and the journey typically takes around 30 minutes.

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What's Included:

  • All necessary equipment
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Buoyancy aid hire
  • Watercraft and paddle hire
  • Access to free parking
  • Use of changing facilities

What's Not Included:

  • Please bring rubber-soled footwear

Facilities

Car parking available
Changing rooms available

Frequently Asked Questions

While the BC Explore Award is accessible to paddlers of various skill levels, some experience or prior training in paddlesport may be beneficial. It’s recommended that participants have completed the BC Discover Award or possess equivalent foundational skills and knowledge. Additionally, a reasonable level of physical fitness and water confidence is advisable.

The course is based at Barry Dock 1 in Wales, offering safe and sheltered waters for your paddling sessions but also access to some amazing coastline to explore.

The course fee includes all the necessary equipment, including wetsuit hire, buoyancy aid hire, watercraft and paddle hire, as well as access to parking and changing facilities.

Participants are required to bring suitable rubber sole footwear for use on docks and the pontoon. Neoprene wetsuit boots are not recommended. Please ensure you have appropriate footwear to ensure your safety.

After completing the BC Explore Award, paddlers have numerous opportunities to advance their paddlesport skills and knowledge. They can pursue discipline-specific awards, engage in advanced training, join paddling clubs, explore new environments, consider coaching or teaching, participate in competitive paddlesport, develop leadership and safety skills, contribute to environmental stewardship, or continue paddling for leisure. The BC Explore Award serves as a versatile qualification, opening doors to various paths within the world of paddlesport, allowing paddlers to choose their next steps based on their interests and goals.

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Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts

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