Open Canoe Skills - Introductory Course

Course Aims:
Skilfully delivered by UKCC Level 3 (or Level 5 coaches), this course aims to equip you with the necessary personal paddling skills in order that you can successfully and skillfully paddle an open canoe in a sheltered water environment. After which you will be able to select the appropriate skill or technique and carry them out effectively in a sheltered water environment.

The course will be run in 1 day modules. The days normally run from 9.30am until 5pm (depending on time of year).

Candidates who have some experience in an open canoe but would like to develop their skills. This course is individualised to your needs so is ideal for a range of experience levels.

Course Dates, Availability and Booking:
Courses are by arrangement only. Please contact me for more information or to arrange a date.

Course Price:
1 Day Courses: £75 per person as part of a group of 2 or more. If you'd like to hire open canoes and paddles the price is £90 per person.
1 Day Course (1:1): £150 a day for a day of individual 1:1 coaching. If you'd like to hire open canoes and paddles the price is £165 per person.
2 Day Courses:
 £120 per person. If you'd like to hire open canoes and paddles the price is £150 per person. 

Equipment required:

  • Open Canoe and a suitable paddle
  • Dry suit or wetsuit that will keep you warm throughout the day along with a cag and suitable thermal layers for the weather conditions
  • Food and warm drink (to be taken on the river) and suitable means of carr,y such as a dry bag, clipped into the boat
  • Dry land clothing suitable for outdoor use.

 Course Content:

  • Personal Paddling skills
    • Lifting, Carrying and Launching / Landing
    • Efficient forward paddling
    • Turning, both static and on the move
    • Solo and tandem paddling will be explored
    • Trim
    • Support strokes
  • Rescue Skills
    • Towing
    • Self Rescues


If you normally carry other kit on the river, not listed above, please bring it along for the group to discuss.

All of the equipment above can be purchased or borrowed through me but please let us know in advance so that I can bring the right amount of equipment.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.