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

The Paddlepower Scheme: Junior and Youth Qualifications

The Paddlepower scheme is aimed at paddlers up to the age of around 14. It is based on logged experience and continuous observation, rather than a formal assessment, and can be completed in a range of different craft.

Paddlepower Start: recognises the very first steps in paddlesports

Paddlepower Passport: covers the fundamental concepts of paddlesports, focusing on boat control and water confidence. This award is equivalent to the BC 1* Award.

Paddlepower Discover: aims to develop understanding and practice of paddling skills, including safety awareness. This award is equivalent to the BC 2* Award.

Paddlepower Explore: focuses on introducing young paddlers to the variety of disciplines available within paddlesports, including journeying and competition.

Paddlepower Excel: aimed at older paddlers, this award brings in levels of personal and group responsibility in paddling.

For further information on the these awards please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here

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British Canoeing 1* Award

The British Canoeing 1* Award marks a paddler’s first steps in paddlesports, and can be gained as an optional extra on any of our 2-day Introduction paddlesports courses.

2017 Dates:
Sea Kayaking 22-23 April, 20-21 May, 3-4 June, 1-2 July, 5-6 August, 2-3 September
Open Canoeing 13-14 May, 22-23 July
Cost: £169

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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 BC/UKCC Level 1 coaching qualification.

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

2017 Dates: 12 March, 1st October
Cost: £75

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).

2017 Dates: 8-9 April, 8-9 July, 16-17 September
Cost: £169

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British Canoeing 4* Sea Kayak Leader Training

This is a 2-day or 3-day course.

Pre-requisites: For the stand-alone course, 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 4* Sea Kayak Leaders. Following on from the training, paddlers are required to build up a logbook of experience before presenting for assessment. This course runs either over 3 days, including the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning, or as a stand-alone 2-day course. It is not possible to book only 2 days of the 3-day course.

The 4* Sea Kayak Leader is able to lead a group of up to 4 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.

2017 Dates:
3-day with BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning: 24-26 March
2-day stand-alone: 30 September & 1 October
Cost: £229 for 3 days, £169 for 2 days

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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

2017 Dates:  25 February, 11 March, 30 September
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, or is incorporated into the BC 4* Sea Kayak Leader training

Pre-requisites: None for the 1-day and evening courses, see 4* Leader information for the combined course.

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 2-day course, we will mix theory and practise; depending on the weather conditions we will either spend the first day in the classroom and the second on the water, or spend half a day on land and half on water on each day.

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 on the 1-day course will receive the associated certificate. The evening course does not include the certificate fee but this can be added at a cost of £5 for SCA members and £10 for non-members. Full details of the syllabus can be found here. Although the CNTP serves as a pre-requisite for the BC 4* Sea Kayak Leader award, it is suitable for kayakers of all levels.

2017 Dates:
1-day course: 15 July, 23 September
Evening course: 25 October & 1/8/15/22 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm
BC 4* Sea Kayak Leader Training: 24-26 March

Cost:
1-day course: £75
Evening course: £65

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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.

This is the first stage of the BC/UKCC coaching scheme, during which aspirant coaches will learn to deliver fun, inspirational sessions to paddlers at any level, though focusing on those who are just starting out. Level 1 coaches 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 both 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.

2017 Dates: 18-19 & 25-26 March;  14-15 October & 21-22 October
Cost: £300

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BC/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Award Training

This is a 4-day course, following which candidates will need to build up a coaching portfolio before 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/UKCC Level 1 Coaching Award and a BC 3* Award in any discipline. Candidates also need to join and register with the Scottish Canoe Association (not included in course cost) prior to the start of the course. Candidates must be aged 17 or older.

This award is aimed at paddlers wanting to develop their coaching, focusing on delivery of progressive coaching sessions. The award can be taken in canoe, kayak or both, though the training course will cover both single and double bladed disciplines.

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. Candidates will also learn to risk assess, plan and review their sessions. The Level 2 coach is able to operate independently in the sheltered water environment.

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.

2017 Dates: 15-16 April & 22-23 April
Cost: £300

BC/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Award Assessment

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

Pre-requisites: Candidates are required to have completed the BC/UKCC Level 2 Coaching Award Training. They must hold a BC 3* Award for each of the disciplines they wish to be assessed in, a valid First Aid certificate, and have completed a Child Protection course. Candidates also need to join and register with the Scottish Canoe Association (not included in course cost) prior to the start of the course.

This one-day assessment is the final stage in becoming a BC/UKCC Level 2 coach. The assessment can be taken in canoe, kayak, or both; however by default we will be running dual-discpline assessments. If you wish to be assessed in one discipline only, please contact us prior to booking.

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.

2017  Dates: 27-28 August. Additional dates may be available, to express interest in this course please email laura@portedgarwatersports.com
Cost: £120

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

2017 Dates: to be confirmed
Cost: £150