The White Water Kayaking Award is designed to endorse your skills for planning and journeying on white water up to grade 2. As a kayaker with some experience of white water, we'll build on your knowledge; improve your moving water techniques, theory and confidence to plan your own future white water kayaking adventures. Our experienced instructors will teach you how to plan for a river trip, read the water, break in and out of 'eddies' and 'ferry glide' across the river among other skills.

During the course we will cover

  • River selection, logistics, navigation
  • Access and egress
  • Equipment selection
  • Communication skills
  • White water kayaking techniques
  • Hazard identification / avoidence
  • Ferry gliding
  • Breaking out / in
  • Rescue techniques


October to March


2 Days

Group Size



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


To build on existing moving and white water kayaking skills with a view to planning and executing your own trips.

Who is it for?

Anyone wishing to endorse their white water kayaking skills on grade 2 water.


You must be a competent flat water kayaker with some moving / white water experience. 

Course Syllabus

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


For those that wish to gain a British Canoeing White Water Kayak Award, will need to complete the theory sessions and homework on the course. 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.


We work on a maximum group ratio of 1-6 on this course, if you are a canoe or kayak club looking to bring a larger group, please contact us to discuss you requirements.

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Equipment supplied

To gain the most from this course, we recommend you have your own kayak and paddling equipment, however we can provide you with the following equipment with borrowed with prior arrangement: kayak, paddle, helmet, spraydeck, buoyancy aid.

Equipment needed

Wetsuit or dry-suit and suitable clothing for the time of year should be worn. We will provide you with a kit list upon booking.


Lift sharing can be coordinated.


To keep the course costs down accommodation is not included. We can usually recommend some places to stay.