British Canoeing Awarding Body announces the NEW Paddle Safer Course

British Canoeing Awarding Body has today announced the launch of the NEW Paddle Safer course which gives new and novice paddlers the opportunity to develop their safety skills when taking to the water.

The Go Paddling Paddle Safer course is designed for anyone new to paddling, or relatively inexperienced to paddling, wanting to gain knowledge and raise their awareness of paddling safely in a sheltered water environment, in or on the craft that they paddle. Typical craft would include kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, sit on tops and inflatables.

The course is based on learning, the ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of the course, encouraging individuals to consider where they paddle, the equipment they use, as well as providing practical solutions if they get into difficulty.

The course is suitable for all ages and great for individuals, families and groups wanting to expand their safety practices when on the water. The course takes approximately 2 hours and covers equipment, environmental factors, planning and rescues.

British Canoeing Awarding Body is delighted to announce the NEW Paddle Safer course that aims to support the huge numbers trying paddlesport for the first time to be safer on the water. A short, two hour programme designed to provide the information for new paddlers to consider how to stay safe. This award is focused on the participant developing confidence, decision making and skills in a craft that the individual chooses.

– Lee Pooley, Director of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing

Over the coming month, British Canoeing Awarding Body will be making this new award available. The Provider eLearning is now avaliable to support the delivery of the awards.

On 31st May 2022, the Paddle Safer Award will be available across the UK and internationally.

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