There are many reasons for wanting to obtain qualifications: as a way of measuring your progress, to gain a sense of achievement, or to learn how to pass on your knowledge to others. Instructor courses will allow you to teach professionally, while a safety certificate might prove competence to a club or hirer. Whatever your reason, we endeavour to focus on learning and skills acquisition, ensuring that even assessments are as relaxed and supportive as possible. Our convenient location on the edge of Edinburgh makes our courses easily accessible.

Please have a look at the course details below for more information and available dates. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 319 1820 or email bookings@portedgarwatersports.com. To make a booking directly through our website CLICK HERE

British Canoeing 2* Award

The British Canoeing 2* Award is a certificate of basic competence in kayak and canoe. It is important to note that the assessment takes place in BOTH craft, and the award cannot be given without the standard being reached in both disciplines.

The 2* Award is a pre-requisite for the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor qualification.

For more information, including a full syllabus for the award, please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here

2018 Dates: 10 March, 6 October
Cost: £75
Price includes certificate fee

Please note these dates are assessment only. If you require coaching to achieve the standard of the award, please contact us for available options.

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British Canoeing 3* Sea Kayak

This is a 2-day course.

Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for those who are reasonably confident in their paddling but would like to refine or consolidate their skills. Please note that for paddlers wishing to complete the 3* award it is necessary to roll a sea kayak, however we will not be able to provide intensive teaching in this during the course.

This course is aimed at those with some kayaking experience, who would like to increase their paddling efficiency and move into more challenging conditions. Over the two days, depending on the weather conditions, we will look at areas such as kayaking in windy or rougher conditions, rescues and towing. We will also cover aspects of theory including tidal planning and navigation.

The course can be used simply to improve your skill and experience, however if you wish to take your British Canoeing 3* award you can be assessed for this during the course (certificate fee £12 for SCA members, £25 for non-members; see here http://canoescotland.org/courses-training/bcu-star-awards for full details of the syllabus).

2018 Dates: 5-6 May, 1-2 September
Cost: £185

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British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training (formerly 4* Leader)

This is a 2-day course.

Pre-requisites: Participants must have attended the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, or an equivalent course approved by the SCA. For all courses paddlers should be at least at 3* standard, though it is not necessary to hold the 3* award.

This course provides the formal training required for paddlers wishing to become BC Sea Kayak Leaders. Following on from the training, paddlers are required to build up a logbook of experience before presenting for assessment.

The Sea Kayak Leader is able to lead a group of paddlers in moderate tidal waters (up to 2 knots of tides, winds up to Beaufort Force 4, launching and landing through waves of up to 1m) where landings are available every 1-2 miles. The training course will cover paddling techniques, safety and rescue, and navigation, among other topics. For the full syllabus see here http://canoescotland.org/courses-training/bcu-star-awards. This qualification was previously known as the 4* Sea Kayak Leader, course content and remit are unchanged.

2018 Dates: 21-22 April
Cost: £185

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BC Paddlesport Leader Assessment

This is a 1-day course with a meeting on the previous afternoon.

The Paddlesport Leader is qualified to lead a group of paddlers in a variety of craft, on sheltered water. It is the ideal qualification for competent paddlers working in a club or school environment, wanting to take members or students out on trips but not needing to coach them.

For more information, including a full syllabus for the award, please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here

2018 Dates: on demand
Cost: £160pp for 2 candidates / £260 for a single candidate

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BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This is a 1-day course.

Pre-requisites: Paddlers are required to be at approximately BC 2* standard, though it is not necessary to hold the qualification.

This course covers a wide range of rescue techniques for a variety of craft, with an emphasis on problem-solving and flexibility. It is ideal for any paddler wanting to increase their confidence on the water, help out with a club, or become a more active member of a paddling group. It is also a pre-requisite for the BC/UKCC Level 1 Coach course. Please note the course takes place in kayak and canoe.

This is a hands-on course where participants will have plenty of opportunity to practise methods and try out ideas. There is no assessment, rather at the end of the day you should have learned enough to receive the certificate, and our tutor will also discuss with you any areas for further development.

This course can also be taken bank-based, in which case there are no pre-requisites. If you wish to take this option please contact us before booking.

For more information, including a full syllabus for the award, please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here

2018 Dates:  11 March, 7 October
Cost: £85

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BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

This course runs as a 1-day or modular evening shore-based course

Pre-requisites: None.

This course will cover key aspects of sea kayak theory. We will look at how to plan for tides, weather and sea conditions, including how to make the best use of available sources of information. We will also cover navigation by both map and chart, looking at a range of practical strategies. There will plenty of opportunities to get hands on with planning in both the shore-based and practical courses. By the end of the course you should have a good understanding of what you need to think about before setting out to sea.

During the evening course we will also look at aspects of safety such as what equipment to carry.

The course covers the content of the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning award, and participants will receive the associated certificate. Full details of the syllabus can be found here. Although the CNTP serves as a pre-requisite for the Sea Kayak Leader award, it is suitable for kayakers of all levels.

2018 Dates:
1-day course: 8 September
Evening course:  21 & 28 February, 7, 14 & 21 March   or 31st October, 7, 14, 21 & 28 November   6.30pm-8.30pm

Cost:
1-day course: £85
Evening course: £100
Price includes certificate fee

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British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor (formerly BC/UKCC Level 1 Coaching Award)

This is a 4-day course, including assessment. Where courses are run on split weekends, both weekends in the pair must be attended.

Pre-requisites: Candidates are required to hold the BC 2* Award and have completed the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training. Personal paddling should be at a solid 2* standard. Candidates also need to join and register with the Scottish Canoe Association (not included in course cost) prior to the start of the course.

Aspirant coaches will learn to deliver fun, inspirational sessions to paddlers at any level, though focusing on those who are just starting out. Paddlesports Instructors will normally work under supervision or assisting higher qualified coaches.

The course will look at a range of coaching styles and methods in both kayak and canoe, as well as ensuring sessions are run safely. It also covers session planning and reviewing. It is open to boat-based and bank-based coaches, and will take place both on the water and in a classroom setting.
The course includes an assessment, during which coaches will be observed delivering sessions and putting into practice what they have learned.

For more information, including a full syllabus for the award, please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here

A variety of funding can be used to support participants on this course, including ILA Scotland. If you are a club volunteer in Scotland the Scottish Canoe Association has funding available, and if you volunteer in Edinburgh, Coaching Edinburgh can also help.

2018 Dates: 17-18 & 24-25 March;  20-21 October & 27-28 October
Cost: £315

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British Canoeing Coach Award

Pre-requisites: Full Home Nation (Scottish Canoe Association or other) membership.

This award is aimed at paddlers wanting to develop their coaching, focusing on delivery of progressive coaching sessions. It replaces the BC/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Award and Moderate Water Endorsements.

Training includes two components, a 2-day Core Training and a 2-day Discipline Specific Training. Following attendance on both courses, candidates complete an action plan to practise their skills and develop their coaching before continuing to assessment. The Core training can also be attended by coaches not intending to progress to assessment, as an update or refresher.

Port Edgar Watersports is currently able to offer Core, Sheltered Water and Sea Kayak trainings. Core training must be completed first.

Core training is delivered on sheltered water and in the classroom, and covers a range of craft. It focuses on coaching theory and its application to paddlesports in general. Participants may be from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

Sheltered Water training is delivered in canoe and kayak, though participants are not required to go on to assessment in both craft. It focuses on the specific application of the coaching theory covered in the Core training to the sheltered water environment.

Sea Kayak training is delivered in the classroom and in the moderate water sea environment. It focuses on the specific application of the coaching theory within the moderate water environment, as well as introducing some additional elements.

For more information, including a full syllabus for the award, please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here

A variety of funding can be used to support participants on this course, including ILA Scotland. If you are a club volunteer in Scotland the Scottish Canoe Association has funding available, and if you volunteer in Edinburgh, Coaching Edinburgh can also help.

2018 Dates:
Core training: 24-25 February, 29-30 September
Sheltered Water training: 30 June – 1 July
Sea Kayak training: tbd
Cost: £185

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British Canoeing Sheltered Water Coach Assessment

This is a 1-day course with a meeting on the previous afternoon.

Pre-requisites: there are currently several options for pre-requisites depending on the training you have completed. Please contact us or the Scottish Canoe Association to check whether you meet the requirements.

This one-day assessment is the final stage in becoming a Sheltered Water Coach. The assessment can be taken in canoe, kayak, or both.

For more information, including a full syllabus for the award, please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here

A variety of funding can be used to support participants on this course, including ILA Scotland. If you are a club volunteer in Scotland the Scottish Canoe Association has funding available, and if you volunteer in Edinburgh, Coaching Edinburgh can also help.

2018  Dates: on demand
Cost: £150pp for 2 candidates / £250 for a single candidate

BSUPA Level 1 Ready to Ride Instructor Course

This is a 1-day course.

Pre-requisites: Candidates must hold an existing watersports instructor qualification, and have some experience of paddleboarding.

This is a 1-day conversion course for existing watersports instructors who wish to broaden their skills base. At the end of the course, participants will be able to deliver the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA)’s Ready to Ride certificate.

Please note that in order to deliver the certificate participants must also join BSUPA (not included in course cost).

For more information, please visit the BSUPA website here

2018 Dates: to be confirmed
Cost: £150