This 1 day course is designed to teach you all of the basic skills required by the flat water kayaker. This is ideal for those wishing to progress on from our Kayaking Experience or for those that are wishing to start on the first step of the British Canoeing award system.

During the one day course we will ensure you gain all the relevant skills and theory needed to get started in this fantastic and diverse sport.  We will also give you the knowledge required to pass the British Canoeing assessment (should you wish). You will learn: controlling and paddling the kayak, launching and recovering and capsize techniques, as well as basic theory in kayak and paddling equipment design. In addition to the knowledge and skills needed to pass the assessment, your instructor will provide you with extra tips and techniques along the way to make sure you really get the most from the day!

If you would like to take the British Canoeing Start Kayaking Award but have never been kayaking and feel like you'd like to experience the sport before taking the award, why not try our Kayaking Experience to get you started?



All year round



Group Size



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


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

Who is it for?

Anyone wishing to take the first step towards British Canoeing awards and get into the thrilling sport of kayaking. If you’ve attended one of our kayaking experiences then the Start Kayaking Award is the natural progression.


There are no prerequisites for this course; this course and assessment can be taken without any prior experience, however if you are not sure you want to take the award but would like to try kayaking why not try our Kayaking Experience?

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.


£95pp (Group Size 2-4)
£91pp (Group Size 5-6)
£87pp (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
  • Launching and recovering
  • Steering and controlling
  • Kayaking theory
  • Capsize drills
  • Using spray decks

River Ouse - near Lewis - East Sussex


Equipment supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment supplied except for wetsuits

Equipment needed

Suitable clothing for the time of year should be worn. A complete change of clothes or a wetsuit with appropriate footwear is also needed. We will provide you with a kit list.