BC Paddle Start Award for SUP, Kayak or Canoe

BC Paddle Start Award for SUP, Kayak or Canoe

£ 99

Barry, Wales

BC Paddle Start Award for SUP, Kayak or Canoe
Beginner
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Barry, Wales
Cancellation: Flexible
Minimum booking size: 1
£ 99

Activity Highlights:

Experience your first paddling session on the serene waters of Barry Docks in Wales, with our British Canoeing (BC) Paddle Start program. Designed to provide you with essential skills for a safe and enjoyable paddling experience, this session is your gateway to the world of paddlesport.

Key Details

  • Location: Barry Docks, Wales (exact meeting point is given after booking)
  • Duration: One day
  • Equipment: All equipment and wetsuit hire included
  • Facilities: Free parking, changing facilities, and safe access to the water via slipway or pontoon

Key Skills

In this program, you will learn:

  • Clothing and Equipment: Understand the importance of proper clothing and equipment, ensuring your safety and comfort on the water. Learn about buoyancy aids, suitable clothing, watercraft selection, paddle types, and more.
  • Getting on the Water: Safely transport your equipment to the water without damage or harm to yourself and the environment. Learn how to handle different crafts, balance your craft, and choose the right entry point.
  • On the Water: Gain control over your craft, mastering its movement and direction. Understand your paddling area, be aware of potential hazards, and learn how to navigate effectively.
  • After the Session: Reflect on your experience, considering what you’ve learned and enjoyed on the water. Explore ways to protect both yourself and the environment, and think about potential improvements for your future sessions.
  • Future Development: Discover the multitude of options for future experiences in paddlesport. Clubs and centres across the country can help you further develop your skills and explore various paddling opportunities, such as the Paddle Discover Award.

Prerequisites

None, this is an entry-level course.

Why Choose Us

Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. With our BC Paddle Start program, 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 are BC Paddle Awards?

The BC Paddle Awards are for those getting into a boat for the first time, enabling them to feel confident in their chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. The awards help empower the paddler, enabling them to start their lifelong journey into paddlesport.

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

The BC Paddle Start course is suitable for beginners who are new to paddlesport and want to learn the fundamental skills necessary for a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

The course is based at Barry Dock 1 in Wales, offering safe and sheltered waters for your paddling sessions.

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

The session is typically 4 hours long.

After completing this course, you’ll have gained the foundational skills and knowledge to enjoy paddlesport safely. You can explore further opportunities in paddlesport, such as progressing to the Paddle Discover Award.

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Cancellation Policy

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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