Explore Kayaking Award - 2 Days

The British Canoeing: Explore Kayaking Award is an improvement award to help kayakers develop fundamental skills. Over the two days, our emphasis on this course is gaining a wide range of experience and being able to create the desired movement of the boat. We will understand the relationship between the paddle, boat and water and how they interact.

As well as learning all the relevant skills to pass the British Canoeing: Explore Kayaking Award, our highly trained instructors will encourage you to develop your skills beyond those necessary for the assessment.



All year round


2 days

Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).


To teach the key kayaking techniques, control and theory and to be assessed for the British Canoeing Explore Kayaking Award.

Who is it for?

Anyone wishing to become an independent qualified kayaker, and the next step on from our Discover Kayaking Award.


You must have some kayaking experience to attend this course. We would recommend being a the level of the Discover Kayaking Award, or having taken part in a number of our guided River Trips.

Course Syllabus

Please follow this link to download the syllabus from the British Canoeing website.


Attendance of this course will not necessarily get you up to the required standard to pass as everyone progresses at a different pace.  Those unsuccessful will be given an action plan to gain the required experience to pass the award.

Certificate fees are not included in the course costs, this must be paid directly to British Canoeing.


£150pp (Group Size 3-4)
£146pp (Group Size 5-6)
£141pp (Group Size 7-8)

Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book, unless booking for a minimum of 6 people.

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During the course we will cover

  • Safety awareness
  • Equipment selection
  • Access & Environment
  • Launching and recovering
  • Recovery stroke
  • Kayak, boat, body, blade theory
  • Capsize drills
  • A range of rescue techniques

Depending on the conditions, we will aim to use 2 out of the 4 venues, in Sussex or Kent


Equipment supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid

Equipment needed

For all kayaking courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Full change of clothes to go kayaking in, including footwear, and underwear.
  • Clothing should be suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (to wear on the water)
  • Extra jumper
  • Warm hat / sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Towel
  • Snacks / water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn. We highly recommend you have a dry bag for all your kit on the water and to put your wet clothing in at the end of the day.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry. You must wear footwear whilst kayaking (old trainers, plimsolls) please don’t wear sandals. Wetsuits are not required as they only work when they are wet; if you wish to bring a wetsuit we still recommend you have a warm top.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.